After three years of waiting, Marana Police are getting a new police headquarters.
The Town of Marana broke ground on the new building Wednesday morning, according to a press release from Marana Communications Manager.
The push for a new police headquarters began in 2014. Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema told Town Manager Gilbert Davidson that the investment into a new police headquarters "isn't about constructing a new building. This is about serving our town".
The Town of Marana proposed increasing it's sales tax temporarily by 0.5%. The money would move directly into an account dedicated to the new police facility. This was so when the fund reached it's goal, the tax would immediately terminate.
The project is costing $21 million.
Raising the sales tax required the approval of the Marana Town Council. Chief Rozema and Marana's councilmembers put together a public information campaign to let residents and business owners understand the importance of a new police headquarters to Marana.
The Council decided that the public wholeheartedly supported the project. Town staff didn't receive a single complaint from the public.
Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.