Ballots are due April 23

Ballots must be returned on April 23 to count. Voters can mail their ballot or place them in two secure ballot drop box locations by 8:00 p.m. on April 23. One is at the current police station (3805 Van Giesen Street), and the other is at the Municipal Services Building (3100 Belmont Boulevard) in West Richland.

Overview

West Richland is one of the safest communities in Washington. However, our community has grown 115 percent in 20 years and outgrown its current police facility. The West Richland Police Department is asking for funding for a larger facility to meet the public safety needs of a growing community.

Police departments are being closely scrutinized these days for compliance with best policing practices. Adequate space for daily operations will improve policing services and reduce liability for our taxpayers with a secure evidence room and armory. It also will provide space for officer training, community meetings and an improved kennel for animal control.

Background

The former police chief, Mike Noski, was on record 20 years ago as saying the current police facility was inadequate. Recently, a Police Facility Assessment Committee (independent of the city and police department) delivered their findings to the City Council after almost six months of work. Their recommendations mirrored those of an architectural firm, which developed plans for a larger facility earlier this year. Both reports can be viewed here:

Police Facility Assessment Committee Report
Integrus Police Facility Needs Assessment Report

Proposed Facility Site Plan
Proposed Facility Interior

Process 

The city held three Town Hall meetings in October and November to share information with the community about the proposal for a larger police facility. The city provided a funding proposal for the community to review here:

Proposed Police Facility Bonding Financial Presentation.

The West Richland City Council will consider a resolution to place the bond proposal on the April Special Election ballot during its December 4 and 18 meetings (6 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, 3100 Belmont Blvd., Suite 100, West Richland). There will be additional public hearings and meetings to share information about the bond proposal before the April 23 Special Election, as well. You can find more information using the links below:

Media Releases

http://www.westrichland.org/download/police/proposed_new_facility/News-Release-04-11-19.pdf
West Richland Police to hold town hall meetings on proposed police facility
West Richland Police give tours of current facility ahead of election – February 21, 2019 – KEPR TV
Larger, Secure Facility Would Resolve Challenges for West Richland Police Department
Video or Live Tours of Current Police Facility Available
West Richland City Council Passes Bond Resolution – December 19, 2018
West Richland City Council Considers Bond Resolution – November 29, 2018
West Richland Ranked One of Washington’s 20 Safest Cities – November 1, 2018
Resolution 48-18 adopted by City Council on December 18, 2018

Tri-City Legal Ad for Pro/Con Committees
Pro/Con Statement Guidelines from Benton County Elections (Dates in these guidelines do not apply since this will be a special election on April 23, 2019)

Station Tour with Chief Majetich

 

News Stories

Letters to the Editor – Tri-City Herald

Op-Ed: West Richland needs a new police station
https://www.tri-cityherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article228982929.html

Letter to the editor from Chief Majetich published on December 3, 2018

Calculator

The cost and size of the project is similar to other cities our size. The following shows a property owner’s estimated cost for the proposed police facility with a bond of $0.42 per $1,000 of assessed value. Funding would be used for land acquisition, design, construction and outfitting the interior.

Link to calculator

Property Tax Exemptions & Deferrals

Senior citizens and disable persons in Washington State may be eligible for property tax exemptions or deferrals. For more information about these programs, please click here.  Or, you can contact the Benton County Assessor’s office at (509) 786-2046 for information if your property is in Benton County.

Frequently asked questions

Link to FAQ

If you have any additional questions, Police Chief Ben Majetich also is available at (509) 967-3425 or bmajetich@westrichland.org.