FISHERS, Ind. - Everything in Fishers is growing, including the police department, which has outgrown its main headquarters, according the mayor.
“Our evidence room is almost completely full, our lab is out of space and when a lot of our folks are doing very important work like child internet crimes and things like that, they are basically in a closet today," Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said.
The mayor's answer, a new three-story police headquarters that would be built at the location of the former BMV building across the street from the current station.
The proposal is part of the mayor's 2017 budget and the plans also call for a 200 spot parking garage. The project is estimated to cost around $12 million.
“If you look at where we were and where we are today and the amount of growth that we’ve had, you know this is absolutely warranted," City Council Member Pete Peterson said. “(Mayor Fadness) just wants to make sure we’re continuing to protect all those things the residents have come to expect here in the City of Fishers, and one of those is top notch police protection.”
However, with the mayor's new budget there could be more taxes for the residents of Fishers. Fadness said the city is still figuring out how much, but there's likely to be at least a $.01 increase on property taxes.
“Well I’ll tell ya what. We’ve gone through it and we’ve gone through it so it’s nothing new for us here in the Fishers area," retiree Rick Jones said about a possible tax increase. “It’s the cost of growth. The city has got to grow. We just have to deal with it.”
Mayor Fadness will officially present the budget to the city council next week. If the council approves the project, construction could start on the new police headquarters early next year.