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City of Holden Explains General Obligation Bond For April Election

The City of Holden will ask voters on April 2 to approve a general obligation bond for public safety improvements.

If voters approve the measure, the City will use the funds for the following purposes:

1. The Holden Fire Department will purchase a new Pumper Truck to replace an existing truck that is 20 years old. Maintenance on the existing truck is becoming difficult due to the truck’s age. The new Pumper Truck is estimated to cost $450,000.

2. The Holden Police Department will be remodeled, including the purchase of a generator, to address public safety concerns following a flood last year. The Police Department remodel is estimated to cost $280,000.

3. City Hall (Hallar Building) will be remodeled to address foundation and structural issues. City Hall is used as an emergency shelter, including as a heating/cooling center for extreme temperatures, and is designated as an Emergency Operations Center for Western Johnson County. The remodel will improve the City’s ability to respond and provide critical services during emergencies. The City Hall remodel is estimated to cost $170,000.

If approved, the City will issue up to $900,000 in general obligation bonds to be repaid over twenty years. The City is not planning an increase in residents’ property tax levy to pay the debt service on the bonds.

The general obligation bonds will fund new equipment and building improvements to improve the City’s ability to respond to public safety needs in the community.

For more information, please contact David Mayhew, Police Chief at; Mike Wakeman, Fire Chief at or call the City Hall at 816-732-4811.

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