Police Station

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.

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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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The Homer City Council is close to finalizing its proposal for a new $7.5 million police station. On Thursday, it came to a consensus on how it will ask the public to pay for $5 million of the project and how complete of a design it will present before Homer residents vote on a bond measure this fall.

The council unanimously agreed to pay for a survey of the site that would map out utilities, sample for hazardous material and determine soil composition.

Public Works Director Carrey Meyer told the council he expects the site to be suitable for the new station.

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The Homer City Council moved forward with discussions on how to pay for a new police station Tuesday. During a work session, council members leaned toward a seasonal sales tax to pay for part of the roughly $7.5 million project. However, several details still need to be ironed out.

The council was presented with a range of options on how to pay for a new police station from increasing property taxes, a seasonal sales tax to a year-around sales tax option.  

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The Homer City Council is another step closer to consensus on a new police station. Disagreements over site selection, design and funding the project have prevented it from moving forward for the last few years, but the council has been holding work sessions on those issues. It chose a site, basic design and a price point last month. On Monday, it tackled the construction process and gave city staff guidance on funding the project.

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Homer City Council members made headway on plans for a new police station Monday during a facilitated work session. The council has been at odds over site selection, the scale and cost of the project, and had previously set its sights on a $6 million building. But council members agreed Monday that the cheaper option left out important features and hampered future expansion.

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The Homer City Council took an in-depth look at a preliminary design for a new police station Monday. The design plan calls for constructing a new facility at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue. The $6 million building would be a vast improvement over the Homer Police Department’s current facility, but the plan does come with some drawbacks due to financial constraints.

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The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary design plans for a new police station Monday. The council contracted Stantec to design a rough $6 million layout in August, but the design firm came back with both an $8 million and $6 million option.

A task force recommended building a $6 million or $9 million dollar building at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue earlier this summer, but the council has focused on the cheaper option due to concerns over the cost of maintaining a larger building.

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