CREVE COEUR – Voters in Creve Coeur will be asked to pay more in property taxes to help fund construction of a new police headquarters.
The Creve Coeur City Council unanimously approved putting a measure on the November ballot to raise nearly $10.7 million for the project. It would be a 20-year general obligation bond to fund it – with money left over to renovate parts of City Hall.
City Administrator Mark Perkins breaks down how that would impact city taxpayers.
“If you own a house with of market value of $400,000, then you’ll see your taxes increase by $61 per year,” Perkins says.
One resident spoke out against the property tax bond issue during the meeting, suggesting that a boost to Creve Coeur’s relatively low sales tax would be a better funding source.
But Perkins explained how that could not be used to fund the police station’s construction.
Police Chief Glenn Eidman was asked what he would tell Creve Coeur homeowners to convince them to support the bond issue.
“Well we’d just like them to know that we see this as an investment in the police department and the future,” Eidman says. “Significantly, it would make us look more efficient and obviously make it more easier for us to get things done.”
The measure will need a 4/7 majority vote to pass on November 8th. Construction on a new police department could begin by Fall of 2017 and take about a year to complete.
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