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Forum will provide police bond details

MONMOUTH -- A public forum on Ballot Measure 27-106, the city of Monmouth Police Station bond, will be held Thursday at the Monmouth Public Library.

April 23, 2013

MONMOUTH -- A public forum on Ballot Measure 27-106, the city of Monmouth Police Station bond, will be held Thursday at the Monmouth Public Library.

The event, hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, will run from 7 to around 8:30 p.m. at the library, 168 S. Ecols St.

The forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the general obligation bond and its impact on Monmouth. A question-and-answer period will follow an overview of the bond measure presented by Monmouth Mayor John Oberst.

Measure 27-106 will appear on the May 21 vote-by-mail ballot. Ballots go out in the mail May 3.

The city is proposing a new police station that would be located in the vacant Forest Capital building (formerly Boise Cascade) near the intersection of Highway 99W and Church Street.

If approved by voters, the tax rate would be about 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $81 per year for a home assessed at $180,000.

Because the current city of Monmouth library bond will be paid off before the police station bond would be assessed, city officials estimate that the net increase in property taxes would be about an additional $31 per year on a home assessed at $180,000.

For more information: MICC, 503-838-4268; Monmouth City Hall, 503-838-0722.

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