Kent Police officials are working to inform the public about a proposed new facility that would be paid for by an income tax increase on the November ballot.
Today the department is hosting public tours of the existing station, and safety officials also released these architectural renderings of what a new police station would look like at the corner of Summit and South Water streets.
The proposed income tax increase of 0.25 percent would increase Kent's tax rate to 2.25 percent. The roughly $1.3 million generated each year by the tax increase would be used for property acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and repairs, future expansion or replacement of a new police building.
The total estimate for replacing the aging police station is $18.36 million
The department also released a "Q&A" fact sheet about the proposed tax increase in relation to the new station. The document is attached to this article.
Editor's note: Look for more information on this issue in coming stories on Kent Patch.