To fund a new police facility, the Lakeway City Council voted unanimously for a bond election to take place on May 6.
The new project would cost $23 million including the land purchase, construction of the 31,000-square-foot facility, and infrastructure installation. The facility will have room for police administration, patrol, dispatch, criminal investigation division, training rooms, temporary holding areas and evidence holding areas.
“I encourage all of our citizens to educate themselves about the proposed police facility and make an informed decision in the May 6 election,” Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain said.
To pay for the construction, Lakeway residents would incur an increase in the tax rate to the tax levy. On average, the increase would be $10.27 a month for each homeowner.
The police department currently runs out of the Lakeway Justice Center. When the department first started working out of the Justice Center in 1981, there were only four police employees in Lakeway. Now there are 34 sworn employees and 15 civilian employees working alongside the Lakeway Municipal Court.
SpawGlass Construction would be in charge of the project and, with the help of subcontractors, would start the project in December with an estimated completion date within the first three months of 2019.