Roswell to vote on new public safety complex
October 04, 2019 05:20 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.- A new public safety complex could be in the works for the City of Roswell, but it comes with a hefty price tag – $35 million.
"This is not free. This is not cheap. This is going to be a quality facility,” said Roswell’s mayor, Dennis Kintigh. "We are facing the need to replace these facilities. We want to consolidate them in one location."
The complex would include space for a new fire station, police station, a municipal court and other public safety offices.
"Municipal court is in an aging building. Fire Station 2 was built in the 1940s-- the main bay is not tall enough for modern trucks,” Kintigh said. “ The police station is a bank building that was built in 1962. The Roswell Police department has never had a building designed as a police station ever."
However, Roswell residents will have to agree to higher taxes to pay for the project.
Voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase.
"The tax increase is about 3 1/2 mil, which is like $3.50 on every $1,000 evaluation of a house,” Kintigh said. “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."
Kintigh believes the new complex would mean better public service Roswell.
"We would have the ability to respond better, more effectively, more completely to serious incidents in this community,”Kintigh said.
The project will be up for consideration at the city’s council meeting Oct. 10.
"If it doesn't go to the voters, we're done,” Kintigh said. “If they say yes-- then on March 3rd, the voters will decide whether or not to proceed with this project."
Updated: October 04, 2019 05:20 PM
Created: October 04, 2019 05:16 PM
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