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i~~ LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 THE BY JILL FITZSIMMONS berry said. The city's proper- editor@qvpr.com ty taxes alone have increased four fold in the last seven At its regular meeting on years, he said. Tuesday, the Quincy City The 2015 budget estimates Council is expected to ap-property taxes to generate prove a $9.1 million operating $3.4 million and sales taxes budget for next year. to generate $2 million for the The 2015 proposed budget city. also includes $3.6 million in Some of the other projects the city's capital budget for slated fornextyearinclude: the construction of a new po-: -The city budgeted lice station and city hall. $175,000 for the design of The project will be a mix of a public safety facility on renovation and new construc- city-owned property north of tion, with plans calling for the the railroad tracks. The un- demolition of the former City manned station will house fire station and a house next a city fire engine, and it also to it, as well as the renovation may house police and emer- of the former city library. The gency response equipment, police department will take Hemberry said. The citywas up much of the current city to have a meeting this week hall, while city administration with an architect about the will be moved to the former building's design, he said. library.. .About $500,000 is bud- The project should be putgeted for the development of out to bid during the first a recreation center. The city quarter of next year, and con- plans to purchase property for struction would go into 2016, the center and begin its design Mayor Jim Hemberry said. phase in 2015. "I'm confident The city is coming off ofwe'll be buying some property a busy construction year that next year," Hemberry said. saw the completion of a new .About $220,000 will be animal shelter and a commu- spent on sidewalk improve- nity stage at Lauzier Park as ments, most of which will well as several large street be along highways 28 and projects, including final im- 281, Hemberry said, Another provements made to Division $260,000 is budgeted for the Street. construction of a walking path Sales taxes, which have connecting students to Monu- been increasing over the years ment Elementary School. because of new construction .The city also has applied in Quincy, have paid for these to the state Transportation recent capital projects, Hem- Improvement Board for a Kurtis J. Wood~Post-Register Above: The front office in the police station was built in the 1950s when the department had five officers. Today it has 17 officers. To the right: The department has two temporary holding cells but decommis- sioned one to use for storage. $3.5 million grant that would be used to make traffic im- provements to 13th Avenue. If the city receives the grant, it would contribute just under $1 million, Hemberry said. The city has discussed several op- tions that would help resolve congestion at the intersection of 13th Avenue and Highway 28; however, the grant would help determine the best option to pursue, Hemberry said. For the last six years, the council has focused on mak- ing improvements using in- creasing tax revenues gener- ated by the new businesses moving to town, Hemberry said. Many of the city's facilities, including city hall and the po- lice station, were built in the 1950s, he said. The new fa- cilities should last the city for the next 60 years, he added. "We're trying to make things better for the people who live here," Hemberry said. BY K.C. MEI-IAFFEY Wenatchee World EPHRATA- After giving the go-ahead to build a new $7.11 million dispatch center to the Multi-Agency Communications Center board recently, Grant Coun- ty commissioners were informed last week of an excellent bond rat- hag. The national rating agency Stan- er Road in Moses Lake, and will dard & Poor's gave the county an include improved electronic and AA- rate, which should lower the radio co nunications equipment. interest rates for a 24-year bond. She said no new taxes are being Commissioner Cindy Carter said assessed to build the dispatch cen- the county's current dispatch cen- ter. ter, known as MACC, is in an old Carter said the county expects to Armory building near the county sell the bonds this month, and be- fairgrounds in Moses Lake. gin construction as soon as possi- The bond will pay for a new, ble. She said it will take a year to larger facility to be built on Wheel- 18 months to complete.