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Burk PD: The Next Step

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The city of Burkburnett is getting a new police station.
City council passed a Certificates of Obligation Monday night allowing them to officially move forward with breaking ground. 
However a petition against the idea, submitted by citizens, nearly stopped the plan, but it ended up being thrown out because it didn't have all of the information needed.
According to Michael Guevara, Burkburnett City Attorney, the petition required a printed name and birth date or voter registration under election code 227.002.
It only had printed names, making it invalid.
The petition was submitted just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon; however no one was present at the meeting to defend it.
That meant city commissioners were able to pass a $4.8 million Certificates of Obligation to break ground on a new police facility at 124 East 1st Street and 121 North Avenue B.
Mike Whaley, Burkburnett City Manager, says the city worked hard to get to this point. 
    "I know there has been a lot of work invested in getting us to this point and looking at our full facility plan for the city and what our priorities were," Whaley said. "And looking at identifying the police department and the future needs of the police department."
Whaley says that he understands why the citizens want to have a voice.
    "As a city manager, I definitely understand the citizens wanting to have their voice heard in regards to issuing debt and anything that impacts the tax rate," Whaley said. "I'm still excited about the work we have put in, the time that has been invested in looking at completing our facility plan."
Police chief Ed Stahr said that he would like to see them in a new building.
The bid packet revealed Monday actually showed interest rates lower than expected.
Whaley says that should make the tax rate drop from the estimated 5.5 cents. 

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