It's official: The government of San Bernardino County is coming to Hesperia.


Tuesday night, the Hesperia City Council approved a final contract between the city and county to build a new government center, located near the city library.


Directly north of city hall, the 67,000 square foot two-story building at 7th Avenue and Smoketree Street will make county services available in Hesperia. Many of the services offered are currently scattered through multiple offices in the High Desert or are only available in the city of San Bernardino.


Hesperia won out over other High Desert communities, most notably Victorville, to host the High Desert Government Center, which city officials expect will generate sales tax revenue from visitors and employees at the center eating at area restaurants and using area gas stations.


The city will pay up for the construction, drawing on an escrow account set up by the county for the purpose: "It's pay as you go," said Director of Development Services Scott Priester.


The five-member council approved the measure unanimously. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved the contract at their meeting earlier in the day.


"I want to thank ... our former first district supervisor Bill Postmus," said Councilwoman Rita Vogler, who is normally a critic of Postmus. The center "was a vision that he had."


The High Desert Government Center is scheduled to open in September 2010.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.