The Ann Arbor City Council last week approved borrowing about $30 million to finance a new police department and district court building near City Hall. The approval came despite a petition drive that urged the proposed bond issue be put on the November ballot.

Under the plan, Ann Arbor would issue tax-exempt bonds to help finance construction of a $47 million building that would house the city’s district court and its 200-member police department. Critics — who gathered 5,500 signatures on a petition requesting a vote on the proposal — charge that the building is too costly and would impact the city budget, according to local news reports.

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