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Sandown voters have 2 options for police station
The proposal preferred by selectmen, the budget committee, and Police Chief Joseph Gordon seeks $871,036 to purchase the property at 460 Main St. and renovate the existing apartment building into a new police station. The cost of that option, proposed under Article 3 on the town warrant, would be offset by $745,163 that's been raised by taxpayers over the years and set aside in a police station building fund.
The tax impact of Article 3 would be 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, meaning the owner of a home valued at $250,000 would see a $62.50 jump in their tax bill.
"I think the voters have accepted the fact that we need a new police station. They've put the money aside to do so," Gordon said.
"That's going to be the best alternative right now to help save taxes, and we'll end up with a police department comparable to what we've already asked from the voters," Gordon said.
Under the plan, Gordon said the two-story building would be gutted and renovated.
If voters decide to go with the option to build new, Gordon said it would offer similar square footage for working space.
"Our police station is very dangerous to our officers and we've outgrown it. If we don't do something and God forbid an officer gets hurt, we're going to get sued for a lot of money," he said.
"We could potentially lose money by doing neither. It would be like throwing away $35,000 to $40,000," he said.
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