Bozeman Public Safety Center

A city of Bozeman rendering shows the future Bozeman Public Safety Center. The project is about $7.3 million below budget. City officials said residents will see lower-than-expected taxes for the center's construction.

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With nine weeks left to secure Bozeman voters’ approval for a new police, fire and courts center, city leaders announced two upcoming town hall meetings to lay out the plan.

That building would serve as headquarters for the Bozeman Police Department, a new space for the city’s Fire Station No. 1, municipal courts and victim services. But first, a $36.9 million bond for building and furnishing the center has to survive the November election.

Mayor Cyndy Andrus said in a Thursday news release that the town halls offer a chance for anyone with questions or who wants to learn more about the proposed Bozeman Public Safety Center to meet with officials.

“This is a way for us to hear you and have a conversation,” she said. “The Bozeman Public Safety Center serves our community’s needs and we want you to understand why.”

The open town halls will be Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Bozeman Public Library, and Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bozeman Fire Station No. 3.

There will be people from the city commission, fire department, police department and municipal courts at each meeting.

The building is proposed for existing city property along Rouse Avenue and East Oak Street. The city estimates the project would cost a typical homeowner $102 a year — that’s someone with a house assessed at $292,000.

It’s the third proposal to go before voters to get police officers and courts an up-to-date building as opposed to the current space shared with Gallatin County in the Law and Justice Center. It’s the first time a new fire station is wrapped into the plan.

Fire Station No. 1 is located in a 1960s building at Rouse Avenue and Mendenhall Street. Officials have said they’ll try to sell the building for an estimated $2.5 million to offset the cost of the project. They add a new station would hold off the need for a fourth fire station for six to eight years.

The upcoming town halls are one piece of the city’s big push to get the word out about the proposed center. The city will also host a variety of casual events at local businesses, formal presentations with community-wide organizations, and will provide educational materials at public events, according to the press release.

The town halls are open to the public.

More information about the Bozeman Public Safety Center can be found at www.bozeman.net. All other public events about the Bozeman Public Safety Center can be found on the City of Bozeman’s Facebook page @Bozemangov.

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Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

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