O’Fallon, Mo. residents face tax increase with new justice center proposed

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by Ray Preston / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 10:40 PM

(KMOV) – Missouri tax payers could foot the bill for a new justice center after the city of O’Fallon has begun to outgrow their police department.

The city is asking voters to approve a bond issue to build a $33 million justice center with police department, jail and courts included.

The property tax increase proposal also will include two park projects.

If all three are approved, there would be an increase in the city’s property taxes in 2015.

The average home in O’Fallon is valued at $200,000 and that homeowner could see an increase of $58.

A taxpayer stops you on the street and says, 'Convince me we need a new justice center,' what do you tell him? “I think the best thing is to take him into the facility right now and show him the challenges we face,” said Tom Drabelle of the City of O’Fallon.

Growing pains are becoming a problem. When the station opened in the late 90’s, O’Fallon was projected to be roughly 60,000 by today.

“We’re literally 20,000 residents bigger than anyone anticipated us being by this time,” said Drabelle.

The city said after the first of the year, it’s going to be mounting a campaign to get the word out and voters will have their say in April.

 

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