May 2023 Bond Measure
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Proposed measure 2-140
bonds for community safety, mental health, homelessness services facilities
The Benton County Board of Commissioners has referred a bond measure that, if passed, would fund the construction of facilities that would provide community safety, mental health and homelessness services.
The proposed facilities selected for the May 2023 bond were determined through a multi-year, community-involved planning process and are intended to improve access to mental health services and community-based supports for all residents, and to provide adequate space for emergency and law enforcement services, improved accountability, and treatment programs for adults in custody.
If the bond measure passes, the bond levy rate would be an estimated $0.55 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The cost would be an estimated $142 per year for a Benton County home with a median tax-assessed value of $258,596.
Actual levy rate may differ due to changes in interest rates and assessed value. If the bond does not pass, the proposed facilities would not be built, and property taxes would not increase.
If passed, Measure 2-140 would fund the following projects
- A co-located Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center to improve coordination during major events and natural disasters, and to improve emergency response.
- A new correctional facility with increased capacity (up to 120 beds) and dedicated areas to provide mental health and addiction services.
- Expanded and redesigned spaces for the Children and Family Program mental health services for youth and families.
- Funding for homelessness services facilities, with a preferred option of a homelessness services housing and navigation center, in partnership with Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center, to help people build pathways out of homelessness.
Estimated costs for proposed bond projects
|Correctional facility||$64.3 M|
|Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center||$40.4 M|
|Expanded Youth Mental Health Facilities||$1.5 M|
|Funding for Homelessness Navigation Center||$3 M|
|Bond issuance costs||$800,000|