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Roswell city council unanimously votes in favor for new public safety complex

Faith Egbuonu
October 11, 2019 07:04 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- Roswell city councilors voted unanimously in favor of a $35 million bond proposal for a new public safety complex Thursday.

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Some Roswell residents, however, are not on board with the decision.

"I think it's ridiculous,” said Roswell resident, Gilbert Bachicha.

Now voters will be asked to approve or reject a property tax increase to pay for the project.  

"The tax increase is about $3.5 million, which is like $3.50 on every $1,000 evaluation of a house. What this means is, if you own a $300,000 house, taxes will go up a dollar a day. If you own a $100,000 house, taxes will go up about $2.30 a week,” said Roswell Mayor, Dennis Kintigh.

Bachicha is not a fan of the plan.

"If they feel they need it-- that's fine and dandy, but why should we have to pay for it? Why should our property taxes go up when they're already high enough as it is?” he said.

Another resident supports the project.

"I know it will raise our property taxes-- but I think it would be beneficial for everyone in the community to have new facilities for our firefighters, our police department and anyone else who this might help benefit,” said Tyler Herring.

The complex would include space for a new fire station, police station, a municipal court and other public safety offices.

"Everybody wants to feel safer and wants to feel like they're in a good community,” Herring said “That takes all of us pitching in a little bit."

Roswell voters will decide the issue March 2020.

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