Councilman Greg Nordbak said the council was able to sign off on the project’s funding method in part because of a $12 million reduction in the estimated cost of the new station. “We had an architect do value engineering of what a quality facility would be and then we saw how we would fund it,” Nordbak said. Earlier, a 2002 plan called for a 76,000-square-foot station that would cost about $47 million. The revised proposal now calls for a 55,000-square-foot station for the $35 million price tag. The existing police headquarters is just 20,000 square feet. Officials said they were able to reduce the station’s overall size by cutting down the size of the jail section. The revised plan also eliminated an indoor firearms range and a city and police employee child care facility. Even at the reduced cost, sacrifices will need to be made, Nordbak said. “It will require this City Council and future City Councils to tighten their belt and be lean,” he said. Officials have said a new police station is sorely needed because the existing facility is aging and overcrowded. In January, the council appeared to be leaning toward a bond issue to fund the station. That move would have required approval from two-thirds of the city’s voters. “It’s clear to me that we can do this internally,” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said. “We’d be remiss if we didn’t do it internally.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Good news for Whittier property owners: The city will use its own funds to build a new $35 million police station without having to ask voters to approve a bond for the project. The news, delivered late Tuesday night to Whittier City Council members, means the city has sufficient internal resources to shoulder the entire cost, using money from the general fund, the redevelopment agency’s budget and other sources, City Manager Steve Helvey said. “We can do it in a manner that leaves you with prudent reserves from the general fund,” Helvey told the council. Now, he will work on specifics of the plan before coming back to the council on March 27. He estimated it will take about two years to construct the new station once ground is broken.