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Brian C
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Username: Brianc

Post Number: 63
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 01:21 pm:   

1. $8 million for a digital communications system. Is this required by state/federal regulations? Other than that, if it is required at all, why is it a bond item and not an expense from the general fund?

2. Arts/Science Center. What is the proposed total cost of the facility?


Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
Username: Todd

Post Number: 290
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, May 08, 2006 - 06:54 am:   

I am not sure to what regulations you are referring. Our current analog system will no longer be supported by Motorola in the next few years. They are switching to a digital platform. The digital system allows for more concurrent conversations than analog as digital requires narrower bandwidth. Replacing the equipment in our current tower and adding a second in the northwest quadrant; as well as upgrading individual radios is included in the bond amount.

Large purchases with long-term use are typically done through bond elections. The amount could not be absorbed into our current operating budget.

Jason Gray, Assistant City Manager
Username: Jason

Post Number: 156
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, May 08, 2006 - 09:36 am:   

Brian C-

The Community Cultural Arts and Sciences Center proposition is listed as "all or a portion of" because it is intended that the bond funds would likely pay for a portion of the overall facility. The total cost of the facility is dependent upon other funding sources - private donations, sponsorships, or potentially the tax increment financing zone.

With the above caveat, as envisioned today, the facility would likely cost approximately $10 million. This could change, however, again, based on the amount of funding raised through other sources.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Jason Gray
Assistant City Manager
972-335-5551 x125

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