Bond measure is a public safety buffet 

Improved fire houses, a new police headquarters and a state-of-the art forensics center could be in The City’s future under a $616 million bond measure that would go to voters in June. The public safety-focused bond measure, to be introduced to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, would improve existing infrastructure such as fire stations ($85 million) and the Auxiliary Water Supply System ($100 million). If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the special election would occur on June 8.

It would also replace buildings that city officials say are at serious risk in the event of a catastrophic earthquake. A new police headquarters in Mission Bay would replace the aging Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant. Bond funding would also provide for a new fire station at the new Southern Station headquarters site. The cost for the complete rebuild of the Hall of Justice is estimated at more than $800 million and would require two more bond measures to fund completely. Another $215.4 million would build a new forensics center that would incorporate the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner with the Police Department’s crime lab. 

The bond measure would be financed through property taxes – 50 percent of which could be passed through to tenants – much like the San Francisco General Hospital rebuild, an $887 million bond measure approved in 2008.

 

 

 

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