The city of Westerville is moving forward with plans for a new police and court facility after voters approved Issue 29.

Voters on Nov. 5 approved Issue 29, a 20-year, 0.96-mill bond issue that would fund upgrades of the city's police and court facilities.

Christa Dickey, spokesperson for the city, said the next steps are still being determined.

“We’ve got to put some documentation together and it has got to go out to bid,” she said.

According to final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Issue 29 was approved with 7,430 votes (63%) to 4,275 votes (37%), with all 25 precincts reporting. Totals include results from Delaware County.

City Manager David Collinsworth said the city is thankful for the community’s support and approval of the issue is “a win for public safety.”

The bond will cost $33.60 annually per $100,000 of property valuation starting in 2021. Funding will allow for the consolidation of Westerville’s police and mayor’s court operations, now in three buildings, into one facility. Estimated costs for the project are about $15 million, according to the city website.

Collinsworth previously said the city acquired the property and an existing building at 229 Huber Village Blvd. with the intent it be used as a police and court facility. The city took ownership of the property for $1.9 million, below its original asking price of more than $2.5 million, according to the city website.

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