Pro­posal seeks to build $100M po­lice HQ

Sta­tion would cost tax­pay­ers, de­ci­sion may go to vot­ers

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - Local - By Brit­tany Wall­man South Florida Sun Sen­tinel

FORT LAUD­ERDALE – A new Fort Laud­erdale po­lice head­quar­ters would cost prop­erty own­ers for the next 30 years, but the de­ci­sion likely will be up to vot­ers.

A ma­jor­ity of Fort Laud­erdale com­mis­sion­ers said Tues­day that they fa­vor ask­ing vot­ers to sup­port a $100 mil­lion new po­lice sta­tion, to be built at the cur­rent site at 1300 W. Broward Blvd.

A for­mal vote will be taken in De­cem­ber. Com­mis­sion­ers said they want to talk to res­i­dents first.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant that we don’t spin this in any way, but just talk facts,” Com­mis­sioner Heather Mo­raitis said, ask­ing for talk­ing points to con­vey to res­i­dents.

Is s u e s t o b e d e c i d e d a re whether to take the ques­tion to vot­ers in March, where to build the new sta­tion and whether to com­bine it with a bond ques­tion for $150 mil­lion in parks im­prove­ments.

For a $300,000 home, the in­crease in prop­erty taxes for the po­lice sta­tion and ac­com­pa­ny­ing high-se­cu­rity park­ing garage would be about $50 a year for 30 years, City Man­ager Lee Feld­man ad­vised.

The city has main­tained the same prop­erty tax rate for 12 years for gen­eral city op­er­a­tions, but be­cause of ris­ing prop­erty val­ues, tax bills have in­creased ev­ery year. This tax would be in ad­di­tion to any in­crease in the gen­eral city por­tion of the bill. Voter ap­proval is re­quired for a gen­eral obli­ga­tion bond like the one pro­posed for the po­lice sta­tion, where the money that’s bor­rowed is paid back us­ing a prop- erty tax.

Few specifics about the cur­rent build­ing’s prob­lems were

BRIT­TANY WALL­MAN/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SEN­TINEL

Fort Laud­erdale’s 1958 po­lice head­quar­ters on Broward Boule­vard is pro­posed to be re­placed.

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