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Ketchum officials are huddling to find a "Plan B" after voters in their community rejected a bond measure that would have funded a $23 million project to build a new city hall, police station and fire station. The measure went down by a 3-1 margin Tuesday night.
The idea of a new Ketchum City Hall isn't new. According to the Idaho Mountain Express, the concept was first considered in 2003, when such a project would have cost $13.8 million. The most recent cost estimate was $23.1 million. This year, Ketchum officials said that, with voters approval, they would borrow the funds and pay off the debt over 30 years, thus costing property owners approximately $50 per $100,000 of assessed value.
Voters were having none of it, according to the Mountain Express, leaving Ketchum officials with few options. Ketchum City Administrator Suzanne Frick said earlier this year that the city didn't have nearly enough money saved to acquire an existing building or fund the construction of a new building.
Meanwhile, Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas said the current city hall and police and fire facilities are "long past their useful life" and "remodels or renovations won't fix the multitude of problems."