$652M public safety bond heads closer to voters 

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee forwarded on Wednesday to the full board a proposed $652 million bond for the June 8 ballot.

The committee expressed a few concerns about the proposal, but also signaled their support of it. The concerns are expected to be worked out in time to place the measure before voters. The full board would have to take its first vote on the bond by Feb. 9 for it to be placed on the June ballot.

The $652 million bond is considered the first phase to address the building and infrastructure needs of police and fire.

A second bond of $210 million is expected to come before voters in Nov. 2015 to pay for additional needs police and fire.

“We have facilities that are in dire need of replacement,” Police Chief George Gascon told the committee.

The bond’s costs include $238.6 million for the construction of a new forensic sciences center, $236.1 million for a new Mission Bay public safety building that would include a new police station, a new fire station and a police command headquarters, and $34 million for the upgrade of the Auxiliary Water Supply System. Another $132 million would go toward unspecified improvements to neighborhood fire stations, underground water cisterns, and water pipes and tunnels; specific projects identified once bonds is approved.

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