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Marijuana Tax Revenue Could Help Fund New Police Station

The City of Phoenix says it’s getting more money than expected from recent marijuana taxes. NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff explains how those funds could help build a new police station.

Posted: May 2, 2018 10:03 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 11:13 PM

PHOENIX, Ore.--The current setup for City of Phoenix Police Department is in a tiny manufactured building, less than 1800 sq. ft.
Recently, a space needs analysis showed the department needs over four times that for current and future needs.

Police Chief Derek Bowker says, "It's just we're cramped in here, Phoenix is growing, the department is growing, we definitely need a larger facility."

A new police station has been on the back burner for years now.
The current spot was supposed to be temporary.
That was back in 2006.
Now it looks like the police department may be able to get the space they need with help from marijuana tax revenues.

Interim City Manager for the City of Phoenix Dave Kanner says, "Local marijuana taxes are limited to parks, police, and education, so what we're proposing to do with the marijuana tax money in next year's budget is move it into a capital projects fund where it would be able to pay for the city's debt service for a new police station should the city choose to move forward with that, which I hope they will."

The City of Phoenix began collecting a local 3% tax on retail marijuana sales this current fiscal year.
They budgeted for revenues of $15,000 but the actual receipts are projected to be 147,000 dollars.

At the moment, they don't have any property, or any architectural plans for a new station, but say the extra revenues will help if the idea moves forward.

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