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May 22, 2013
MONMOUTH -- Monmouth voters approved a $4 million bond measure that will allow the city's police department to move into the former Boise Cascade building and out of its repurposed library.
The measure, 27-106, passed 59.6 percent to 40.3 percent.
"We're obviously ecstatic with the results. It's very difficult to pass a capital bond for a government building," Monmouth City Manager Scott McClure said.
"A lot of times it's a hard sell. I think that shows support for what the project was itself. We take it as a vote of confidence in how we do business."
The move likely won't take place until the end of 2014 as the process to renovate the facility has just begun.
The city will now begin work to issue the bond itself, a process that will take around three months, McClure said.
An architectural firm will then be brought in to fully design the facility according to the needs of the department and standards required of a modern police station. McClure expects the city to break ground early next year.
"We'll be very much involved throughout the entire process in designing with the architect," Monmouth Police Chief Darrell Tallan said. "We'll make sure the facility is constructed in such a manner that it's the safest. There are some standards and we're obviously going to listen to the professionals and take their advice."
With 40 percent of voters opposing the measure, the city could see some backlash from the community. With measures like this, it's generally not opposition toward the department itself but a reluctance to raise taxes, Tallan said.
"In this case, it's a great opportunity for citizens. To be able to acquire the former Boise Cascade property and do it for a price that minimally raises taxes, it was the right time to do it. We were going to have to move at some point."