Police Station

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The Homer City Council allocated nearly $500 thousand for the design of a new police station Monday. This comes roughly a month after residents approved a $5 million bond for the $7.5 million project. Public Works Director Carey Meyer stated earlier this summer that residents will be able to give input and see a partially completed design this fall. He added that the city will reach out for input next spring as well. 

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On Monday, the Homer City Council certified the results of a special election in June.  Voters headed to the polls to decide whether the city should raise sales taxes to build a new $7.5 million police station. The Election Canvas Board tallied up the votes last week.

Roughly 800 people voted both during early voting and on election day. Voter turnout was at about seventeen percent. Roughly 64 percent of votes were cast in favor of the new police station.

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It’s official—Homer will be getting a new police station.  Voters headed to the polls during a special election Tuesday to decide whether the city should raise sales taxes to build a new $7.5 million police station. The Election Canvas Board tallied up the votes Friday.

Roughly 800 people voted both during early voting and on election day. Voter turnout was at about seventeen percent. Roughly 64 percent of votes were cast in favor of the new police station.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

A majority of Homer residents who voted in a special election Tuesday gave the city the green light to build a new $7.5 million police station. Absentee ballots are extremely unlikely to shift Tuesday’s results, and the city is gearing up to begin the design and construction process.

The bond proposition asked residents to approve raising the city’s sales tax .35 percent to pay for $5 million of the project.

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Homer residents headed to polls Tuesday in a special election to decide whether the city should build a new $7.5 million police station. Just over 600 voters cast their ballots at the polls throughout the day.  Including absentee ballots, voter turnout was at about 16 percent.

Roughly 64 percent of ballots cast on Tuesday, 386 votes, were cast in favor of raising the city’s sale tax .35 percent to pay for $5 million of the project. Just over a third, 218 votes, opposed raising the sales tax to pay for a new station.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Homer residents headed to polls Tuesday in a special election to decide whether the city should build a new $7.5 million police station. The city is asking Homer residents to pay for $5 million of the project via a .35-percent sales tax increase.

As voters left the polls Tuesday afternoon, several who voted both for and against a new police station expressed concern about the overall cost and the tax increase that would accompany the new building.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

As Homer heads towards a special election on a bond proposition for a new police station later this month, the city will be trying to convince residents to approve increasing the city sales tax to pay for it, which is a big sticking point for some voters. As part of KBBI’s Q&A series, a local business owner asked what goes into that number and why can’t the city just pay for it out of savings? KBBI’s Aaron Bolton tries to answer that one.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

This week on the Coffee Table, KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with Homer Police Chief Mark Robl and City Council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith about the city's $5 million bond proposition for a new police station. Homer city residents will vote on the proposition during a special election on June 26. 

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

Homer residents will have a chance to vote on increasing the city sales tax in June as a way to fund a new $7.5 million police station.

The Homer City Council passed the ballot proposition Monday. It asks voters to approve a year-around .35-percent sales tax increase.

Under the proposal, most of the tax would sunset once the bond for the station is paid off, but .05 percent would remain on the books to fund ongoing maintenance costs for the building.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council’s plan to fund a new police station changed course Monday. The council wants to implement a .35-percent year-around sales tax instead of a seasonal sales tax. It also plans to ask voters to approve spending $5 million on the project during a special election in June.  

The council introduced three ordinances related to the police station project and spent the majority of its time Monday focusing on its $5 million bond proposal, which would fund most of the $7.5 million project.  

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