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LOOK: Proposed Kent Police Station Images Released

Tax on November ballot would pay for new $18 million building

Kent Police officials are working to inform the public about a proposed new facility that would be paid for by an income tax increase on the November ballot.

Today the department is hosting public tours of the existing station, and safety officials also released these architectural renderings of what a new police station would look like at the corner of Summit and South Water streets.

The proposed income tax increase of 0.25 percent would increase Kent's tax rate to 2.25 percent. The roughly $1.3 million generated each year by the tax increase would be used for property acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and repairs, future expansion or replacement of a new police building.

The total estimate for replacing the aging police station is $18.36 million

The department also released a "Q&A" fact sheet about the proposed tax increase in relation to the new station. The document is attached to this article.

Editor's note: Look for more information on this issue in coming stories on Kent Patch.

Jon Ridinger September 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Historically, Kent has always passed school levies. No reason to think the one in March will be any different, and, in my opinion, actually hurts the chance of this income tax passing.
Alisha Wright September 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The point I'm making is that Kent schools have decided to cut bussing for students who live in a 2 mile radius and I believe for the high school students a well. When was the last time that the levy was able to pay for a major school renovation? There are drafty windows and leaks in every school. PTAs are coordinating fundraisers to pay for fieldtrips, teacher appreciation days and school supplies. I'm simply saying that 18mil is a whole lot of money. I have to agree with Jason Mason on this issue.
Traci Monroe September 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Where did you hear Kent was cutting bussing? The drafty windows and leaks are due to poor maintenance, they deliberately withhold proper maintenance so they can sucker people into passing levies. School funding through tax levies is unconstitutional yet people keep passing them, it makes no sense.
Pat September 24, 2012 at 02:40 AM
The Kent Police are over the top on this new station. Plus a flat roof--how stupid--the repairs of leakiy ceilings will be another problem. Any one who goes on the tour of KPD will see a building which is in need of repair. If the Kent Police had maintaned this building and put the jail up stairs and closed off the wet basement they would have plenty of space in the current building. I for one am voting against the income tax increase. As far as the school levy I shall also vote against it. When the schools goes back to one principal and one assistant then they could save lots of money. All grades at RHS has one assist. per grade level and of course each of these people have secretaries and secretaries have assistants--oh give me a break!! Cut back on these things and the city schools could save even more money. Plus someone needs to stop the students at KSU from voting unless they own property or lives here 365 days a year. Students should never be able to vote on our issues in Kent.
Michael Bellinson September 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Roosevelt has two assistant principals, each covering two grades. One secretary covers both principals.

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