Edmond considers new public safety center

Friday, October 17th 2008, 7:59 pm
By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

EDMOND, Okla. - The cost of living in Edmond could go up after November 4 when residents will vote on a $31.5 million Public Safety Center.

Edmond City leaders said they chose a softball field at Main and Kelley as the site for a new public safety center because it's old and underutilized.

Christy Owens is a supporter of the new center, but has worries about the development.

"I think it's beneficial to the community," Owens said. "I feel like it would drop the property value."

Owens and the residents of Edmond would see a four percent increase in property taxes if the city's proposal is passed.

"It is the most efficient method and most cost-effective method of financing a $31.5 million facility that we are asking the public to approve," Edmond Mayor O'Neil said.

O'Neil said the police department, the 911 call center, and the emergency management headquarters have not seen an update since the 80s.

"They're cramped," O'Neil said. "During storms, when we have heavy rains, it floods down there."

He considers Edmond one of the safest communities in the state.

"We need our public safety facility, our infrastructure for security and safety in our community, to match the standards for our city," O'Neil said.

O'Neil said he's confident taxpayers will approve of the safety project. The vote is scheduled for November 4.

The city of Edmond is holding a public forum on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Edmond City Council Chambers.