Hamilton voters passed a $1.35 million bond to purchase the former National Guard Armory and the adjoining 5.9 acres.

The unofficial final vote tally in the mail-in election was 689 in favor and 497 against. The ballots were mailed to all qualified Hamilton city voters earlier this month and the Ravalli County Election Office counted the ballots Tuesday, March 21, after 8 p.m. Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said the total number of ballots counted was lower than previous mail-in elections - 38 percent of the registered voters.

The 15-year bond will allow the city to continue to use Claudia Driscoll Park, which had been used for the past several years with permission of the Department of Military Affairs.

The armory building and parking lot will become the new Hamilton justice center, housing the Hamilton Police Department, City Court and Hamilton Prosecutor's Office.

The police department and city court have been squeezed for space in City Hall on South 2nd Street.

The money will also pay for some park improvements. The park currently is the site of the Canyon Hideaway playground and the audience benches of the Hamilton Community Band bandshell.