|$2.00 toll, $1/$1000 property tax, and $0.10 gas tax = not enough|
from an N3B pass at the funding calculator
On Monday, Council will have a work session to revisit the prospect of a new Police Station, and Staff have gone down a decidedly constrained path. There are two choices on the menu right now:
- If Council chooses to refer only a police facility question, the recommendation is a 127,000 sq. ft. building for a $69.1 million bond measure.
- If Council determines that seismic upgrades should be included with a police facility question, the recommendation is to include the library (at $15.3 million) and reduce the police facility to 115,000 square feet (at $63.9 million) for a $79.2 million bond measure.
The ostensible "thrifty, low-cost" option for a $69.1 million bond measure is still a giant, over-sized "Police Palace."
The more expensive option for a $79.2 million bond measure includes seismic work on the Library - but crucially appears to omit any seismic work on City Hall itself. And while it retreats a bit on size, going for the L instead of XL, it's still nowhere near the 75,000 square foot facility that was originally approved.
Council should instead get a menu of choices that looks more like this:
Floor area/staff (choose one - and remember the consultants themselves said "the generally accepted standard range [is] 400-800 square feet per officer")
- small (400 feet/officer)
- medium (533 feet/officer)
- large (667 feet/officer)
- extra large (800 feet/officer)
- slow (crime rates don't rise, and Salem grows modestly)
- medium (Salem itself grows fast, but crime does not)
- high (things are falling apart)
- militarized growth for disaster, anarchy (the apocalypse)
- build for 20 years of growth
- build for 30 years
- build for 40 years
- build for 50 years
- extra large
- Library ($15 million)
- City Hall ($29 million)
Why can't Council - and citizens - get a model and tool that lets them game out the options and choose the package best for Salem?
SCV and others will doubtless have more to say.