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Bond measure mulled for police, 9-1-1 facility

The Lake Oswego City Council officially prioritized a police and 9-1-1 center as a top facility need and will explore the option of going out for a bond measure in November to support either using a portion of the West End Building for the center or siting it on other property.

It struck out any language about a future recreational center and swimming pool from its guiding strategy for the WEB.

'I would like to encourage any citizens who are still interested in a swimming pool or community center to keep working on that, said Councilor Sally Moncireff. '(But) the community as a whole isn't ready to make that investment at this time.'

The city's current, interest-only, short-term loan expires in July, and the city will have to refinance, resulting in a bigger hit to the general fund. A general obligation bond, if approved, wouldn't be in place soon enough for the city to stay out of the general fund this year, but Mayor Jack Hoffman called the plan 'fiscally responsible' given the situation. Likely, payments will be around $1.5 million and include both principal and interest.

'Track records for police and fire service issues tend to have more traction than other types of issues with the voter,' said Councilor Donna Jordan. 'This is a much different issue than talking about a community center or moving city hall.'

The new strategy for the WEB also includes a plan to lease, sell or partner with another entity.

Only Councilor Jeff Gudman voted against the measure.