Prosser to vote on financing of City’s Police Station and City Hall

If approved, the Washington Voters’ guide says the replacement will be ‘no more than $16.8 million.’ This property tax would last a maximum of 31 years for Prosser residents.

PROSSER, Wash. — On the ballot for Prosser voters is a proposition to approve financing for the City’s Police Station and City Hall. If approved, this multi-million dollar bond will pave the way for a brand new joint-building.

The City is asking voters to decide on a bond measure that will fund a replacement for this building. Last May, a fire struck through the historic Masonic Building where they were located before.

The Washington Voters’ Pamphlet states it would be ‘no more than $16.8 million.’ This property tax would last for 31 years for Prosser residents, and cost about $1.085 for every $1,000 of assessed value of a property.

This statement in the Voters’ guide said a home assessed at $350,000 would be taxed nearly $380 per year.

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One spot the City of Prosser has had their eye on is land on Wine Country Rd. The property is located right next to the Yakima River.

The council approved the $1.6 million purchase at a council meeting on June 28th.

The City recently went over seven conceptual designs for the City Hall-Police Station just on that one property. They also discussed a few other concept designs in other locations. This includes their previous City Hall location downtown on 7th and Bennett.

People who live in Prosser are set to vote on this measure until Nov. 8.

According to one community member, the purchase of the Wine Country Rd. property was made in an executive session, with no input from the community. In contrast, according to City Administrator Tom Glover, the decision to purchase the land on Wine Country Rd. was made in a public session.

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After reaching out to the City of Prosser for word on any of these decisions, they responded that they could not make a statement regarding City bond issues until after the election.

The topic of the bond was not discussed at Tuesday evening’s council meeting.