The Jacksonville city council meets to approve plans for a new safety complex. The complex will involve the police department, fire department, a new jail, and offices for the city’s court system. The current Jacksonville Police Department headquarters is more than 81 years old and according to Assistant Chief Bill Wineman, it’s not in optimal condition. He says the new development will help to make things better.
Jacksonville officials accepted open bids for the project of a new safety complex last week. Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith believes the pledge to do the work is at a price the city can afford. The city approved a 1 cent sales tax increase to fund both the public safety complex and to help pay for the new elementary school in September 2013.
Jacksonville borrowed 18 million dollars for the safety complex and the construction on the new elementary school. The city also received a FEMA grant to help fund the project.