Lakewood will set aside $5 million next year in a fund designated for the eventual construction of a new police facility for its fledgling force. The money comes from the sale of the former Safeway building ($2 million), the city’s contingency fund ($1.175 million) and the general fund ($1.122 million). The city will also put $710,000 from a seizure account into the fund.
When the building is finished, the city expects to use the $190,000 it spends each year on renting its current headquarters to pay off the debt it will incur during construction.
In other budget news, the city will resume its automated traffic enforcement program at selectd intersections where red-light running is a problem. The city expects to bring in about $1.4 million in 2006 from the program to cover costs of the camera maintenance contract, the 5.5 employees involved in the project, as well as increased traffic safety engineering capacity in the public works department.
Also in the budget proposal is a commitment to the Boys and Girls Club’s Hope Center in Lakewood for $150,000 for five years. In 2006, these costs will be equally divided among the general fund, human services funds, and Community Development Block Grant monies.
Other budget highlights include the city’s taking over maintenance of Fort Steilacoom Park (with 50 percent reimbursement from Pierce County); expanded animal control services to Steilacoom and DuPont; increased court security; and consolidation of the formerly separate budgets for city manager, assistant city manager, and economic development into one Executive department budget.