Public Safety Center
In June 2016, the Beaverton City Council unanimously referred a bond measure to voters for the November 2016 election to secure funding for a new public safety center. The 90,000 square foot building will be constructed on city-owned property and will house the city’s police department and emergency operations center.
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- Safety and privacy concerns for crime victims and juveniles have made it a city priority to construct a new public safety center.
- A public safety center will be earthquake-resistant and will be built to critical-facility standards to ensure the building remains intact in a disaster.
- The existing police building is located in office space that was not designed for police and emergency services—prisoners are moved in common areas in close proximity to crime victims and members of the public.
- A new building will be designed to provide efficient and reliable police services and will meet resident’s needs for the next 30 years.
What’s the cost?
The public safety center is projected to cost $35 million. If approved by voters, the tax rate for the bonds to construct the building is estimated not to exceed 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or approximately $50 per year for property with an assessed value of $250,000. The city chose this rate because it is what taxpayers are currently paying for voter-approved bonds set to retire in two years that were used to construct the Beaverton City Library.
A recently completed survey of 300 Beaverton voters was conducted to gauge public support for the project. The results show that 70 percent of respondents support a new public safety center after hearing about why the project is needed, what funding options are being considered an how much it would cost the typical Beaverton resident. The survey also showed that 72 percent of respondents prefer a public vote on the matter.
In 2014, city residents narrowly rejected a $35 million bond measure to remodel the city’s previous City Hall location on Griffith Drive. However, since that time, changes to federal flood maps have made that location cost prohibitive for building a public safety center. A volunteer community-advisory committee examined locations throughout the city and recommended the city forward to voters a plan for a new public safety center be built at the corner of SW Hall Blvd and SW Allen Blvd.
The 2014 bond measure received 47 percent voter support. Although unapproved, the need for a dedicated public safety center remains unchanged.
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