Voters give Hollywood green light to borrow $165 million

A new police headquarters, better parks and higher sea walls are in Hollywood’s future, thanks to voters who approved a $165 million borrowing plan Tuesday.

Hollywood split the ballot into three questions: $73 million for the new four-story police station and $5 million in fire equipment; $64 million for parks and gold course improvements; and $23 million for sea walls and other neighborhood improvements.

Resident Jimmy Palermo was one of fewer than 10,000 people to show up at the polls Tuesday.

He voted yes on the $23 million infrastructure bond but no on the other two, he said.

Mayor Josh Levy has an answer for that.

“These large capital projects can hardly ever be financed on a pay-as-you-go basis,” he said. “We’re running a government. We’re not running a business.”

Resident James Stokes said he voted for the parks bond but rejected the other two.

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