Gardner voters approved a new justice center by about 71 percent; of 1497 votes cast, 1059 were for issuing 13.75 million in bonds to construct the facility near 167th and Moonlight on property the city owns.
“It’s rewarding to see the outcome of this question,” said Chris Morrow, mayor. “It’s been a four year process from identification, study and land acquisition and now we can move to implementation. The people of Gardner appreciate law and order; the governing body and city staff of Gardner understand that.”
The facility will house the Gardner Police Department and city municipal court.
According to the Notice of Bond Election on the city website, the city would make projected payments of $950,000 annually for 20 years. The estimated average interest rate is 3.40 percent.
The city’s 2018 mill levy rate is projected to be 9.761 mills, including 2.721 mills to support the justice center bonds and 7.040 mills to support the rest of Gardner’s outstanding debt.
The notice also mentions new revenue that will soon be coming to the city. The city estimates it will receive revenues from the Johnson County public safety sales tax of $480,000 per year for 10 years.
The police department has outgrown the current facility and, combined with the deterioration of the building, it is no longer adequate, according to studies.
The municipal court has never had a dedicated space. Court has always been conducted in city council chambers, which worked in the beginning when the population was much smaller, but today the court deals with up to 300 people on any given docket.

Gardner council candidates
Also on the Aug. 1 ballot voters narrowed the field of candidates for two vacant council seats, according to the Johnson County Election Office’s unofficial final results. Moving forward to the November ballot will be; Mark Baldwin, Scott Smith, Randy Gregorcyk and Michael Blanchard.
For up to date information, visit jocoelection.org