On Election Day 2023, Golden Valley voters approved three ballot questions for a 1.25 percent local sales tax to fund the City’s Building Forward plan, which includes projects to address the shortcomings of the current Public Works and Public Safety buildings. The investment of $105 million (plus interest and the cost of issuing bonds) will revitalize and modernize the facilities needed to provide core services to Golden Valley and surrounding cities.
Here’s how the $105 million for the projects would be divided:
• $15 million will be used to acquire land outside downtown Golden Valley to develop a new location for a new Public Works building
• $45 million will be used to construct the new Public Works building
• $45 million will be used to construct a new Public Safety building on the site of the current Public Works buildings, which will serve as headquarters for the Fire and Police Departments
Relocating Public Works will enhance the downtown area’s overall appeal by creating revitalization and development opportunities. The new Public Works facility will provide needed space to store and maintain equipment and vehicles. It will incorporate the latest technologies and design principles to ensure optimal efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
The new Public Safety facility will provide space needed for modern police and fire operations, including proper vehicle and equipment storage and maintenance and staff training and safety. It will be equipped to meet the evolving needs of the City’s emergency response teams as well as provide enhanced services to residents.
The 1.25 percent sales tax will take effect April 1, 2024 and be in place for up to 30 years or until funding obligations are fulfilled, whichever comes first.
To stay updated on the status of the local sales tax and the projects it will fund, visit the City website at www.buildingforwardgv.org.