With 60 percent of O’Fallon’s voters giving their approval on a $28 million bond issue, the city will be able to move forward with the construction of a new police and municipal courts building.
Jim Frain, a citizen who headed up a committee to promote the bond issue, told 70 West Sentinel, “All of us in O’Fallon who worked so hard to get out the details on why the City of O’Fallon Police Department has a ‘need,’ not a ‘want’ for our new police station are very excited today.”
“We know that O’Fallon’s ranking as one of the safest cities in the country will now be continued well into our future,” he said.
The city purchased 15 acres south of Interstate 70 on Bryan Road for the new facility back in January. The location was chosen for its central location. “No matter where you are, you know the O’Fallon Police Department is close by,” Mayor Bill Hennessy said during his State of the City address.
The current police force is twice the size as it was when it moved into space at city hall. That space has become crowded, with officers forced to share desks and evidence lockers overflowing. Officers have to walk prisoners through public areas of the building.
An added benefit of moving the police station is that space will open up at city hall for city departments and city employees.
The issue required a 4/7 majority, or 57% of the vote, to pass. Unofficial results from the St. Charles County Election Authority list 5,508 yes votes and 3,663 no votes, or 60.06 percent approval.
With approval of the bonds, O’Fallon’s property taxes will increase 4.58 cents per $100 assessed valuation. That amount will add $17 per year to the tax bill of a $200,000 home.