Criminal Justice Tax
In the August 2018 primary election, voters approved a sales tax increase of 1/10 of one percent (10 cents on a $100 purchase) to build a new Police Services building and city jail.
Total estimated cost is $23 million. The sales tax increase will bring in about $800,000 in annual revenues, about 70% of the estimated annual debt payment of $1.138 million for a 30-year General Obligation bond. The remaining 30% will come from the city's General Fund.
Police Services (Police and Jail) - 46,058 square feet (sf)
- Police personnel and public service portion - 26,786 sf with space for 110.5 personnel
- Jail portion - 19,272 sf with 50 cells housing 110 inmates
The Police Services building will be built on a six-acre site between Fourth and Eighth streets, east of the BNSF railroad tracks and west of Comeford Park. The building is planned to accommodate future growth needs. The proposed site was originally identified in the 2009 Downtown Master Plan as the preferred location for a civic campus after being studied along with two alternative locations (current City Hall and Public Works sites). The city owns the building site.
In 2015 the city commissioned a public safety building facilities needs assessment and plan. The resulting budget and plan was beyond the city's financial resources. As a result, the city worked closely with the police department in 2016 to reexamine the public safety needs and forecast growth in police and jail. This resulted in the updated costs and streamlined square footage used in the current site and building assessment.
- Architectural design and construction documents: May 2018 - mid-2019
- Project bid by fall 2019
- Construction begins 2020
- Occupancy 2021