The Medford City Council today endorsed a $32 million proposal for a new police headquarters and fire houses.
The projects would be paid by increasing utility fees by $2 a month over a 30-year period. The bond would not require voter approval.
Under the proposal, the police would build a $21.6 million headquarters and parking garage at Ivy and 10th streets. The Medford Fire Department would build three new fire houses to replace building constructed in the 1950s and '70s.
The council instructed its staff to spend the next two months creating the documents that would allow the city to seek revenue bonds to pay for the projects.
Mayor Gary Wheeler said the city's needs for police and fire will only increase as the population rises. Also, the police headquarters in City Hall isn't designed to be operational if a major earthquake strikes.
"We need to be prepared," Wheeler said.
— Damian Mann