Arroyo Grande's bond measure for new police station loses

clambert@thetribunenews.comJune 9, 2010 

Arroyo Grande’s $6 million bond measure to fund construction of a new police station lost narrowly Tuesday night.

The measure needed two-thirds approval — 66.7 percent — to pass. It was just shy of 65 percent approval.

If it had passsed, City Manager Steve Adams said he hopes construction could start in the fall on a new station at West Branch Street and Rodeo Drive.

If not, the plan would be delayed and city leaders would likely study what repairs and upgrades are needed at the current station, he said.

“We don’t have any alternative plan on how to fund the project itself at this point,” he said.

Officials say the 8,151-square-foot police station on North Halcyon Road is cramped and outdated.

If the measure had passed, Adams said the bonds would have been financed with a federal low-interest loan.

They would not have raised property taxes, he said.

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