ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Even though voters in O’Fallon, Mo. already voted against building a new courthouse and police station, supporters said they will try to put the issue on the April, 2015 ballot.
A proposition to raise money to build the new facilities failed in April 2014. The city of O’Fallon cannot actively campaign for the ballot measure, but can only provide basic information. Many supporters felt the limitation prevented the proposition from passing.
Many feel the police station and courthouse are not able to handle the needs for a city with a population of 82,000.
“We decided to do whatever it takes to get out new city a new police station and courthouse because what we have right now just doesn’t work,” said Jim Frain with Citizens for the O’Fallon Police Station and Courthouse Committee.
The O’Fallon City Council is considering passing an ordinance which calls for an election to be held on Proposition 1, a $28.6 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new courthouse and police station. If passed, it would raise property taxes by $17 per year for a home worth around $200,000.
“O’Fallon is what I consider one of five big cities in St. Charles County. O’Fallon has the lowest property tax and even with this increase, it will still have the lowest property tax,” said O’Fallon councilman Jim Haman.