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Mesa pushes for $172M public safety bond

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007 1:27 am | Updated: 5:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mesa officials are moving toward a $172 million bond package on the 2008 ballot for a menu of projects for fire and police services.

Buildings and equipment for the city’s police force and fire department, as well as joint public-safety projects are likely to be part of the bond package.

City officials have set November 2008 for the bond election, which would be assessed as a secondary property tax on Mesa residents if approved.

Fire department officials are advocating for nearly $58 million for new fire engines, new stations in east and west Mesa, and to acquire land for new stations.

The fire department might be most swamped in east Mesa, where forecasts call for several new stations.

“There’s a need, obviously, for more facilities out there,” said Gary Bradbury, assistant fire chief.

Police Chief George Gascón is advocating for $35.9 million in capital projects.

The replacement of the Dobson Police Station, an arraignment center and other building projects are priorities for the department.

Mesa is eyeing joint projects for police and fire services, including an emergency communications system upgrade and an operations center.

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