The Marana Town Council will discuss at its meeting today building a new police headquarters that could cost as much as $19 million.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the board room at 11555 W. Civic Center Drive. The discussion for the project is in its early stages and no final vote will take place tonight.

"Marana is growing so quickly and the police department is outgrowing its facilities," Mayor Ed Honea said. "We need adequate facilities for police personnel, including more space for lockers, showers, possibly an indoor firing range and holding cells."

The council will discuss three possible sites: the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, a site at West Twin Peaks Road and West Linda Vista Boulevard near Interstate 10, and at the Marana Operations Center, 5100 W. Ina Road.  

In a memo to the mayor and council from Police Chief Terry Rozema, he presents three funding options:

  • New revenue from new retail centers.
  • A temporary sales tax increase.
  • A voter-approved secondary property tax.

"The funding for a new facility presents the greatest challenge," Rozema says in the memo. "So, a revenue plan needs to be identified and implemented."

Rozema said the "financing plan could entail one or a combination of funding options," and the council could also "elect to create a public safety impact fee to capture financial support from the growth of the community," the memo says.

He also stated that "public/private partnerships could be explored to provide the town the option of lease to own."

The memo says that WSM Architects and Core Construction were used to develop the cost estimates for a 46,000-square-foot headquarters. It would house operations, administration, investigations, custody, evidence storage and public areas.

All three sites would accommodate parking for 100 vehicles and 150 spaces for secure police parking. 

Documents show each site's size and the varying cost to build the headquarters at each location. The estimated price tag ranges from $17 million to just over $19 million depending on which site is chosen. The lowest cost would be for the town to build at the Marana municipal location.

The police department's annual budget is $10.6 million, and it employs 83 certified officers and 31 civilian personnel. Police headquarters is located at the town's civic center, and a substation is at the town's operations center.

The town's population is about 41,000, and it covers 126 square miles, Honea said.