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Proposed funding options subject of two public meetings held in late August, early September

Fairview is planning to replace its public works building primarily because it could pose life-threatening risks to workers at the facility in the event of an earthquake.

While the main concern about the city's current facility is its lack of seismic stability, other issues facing the structure are that it lacks a fire suppression system, is not wheelchair accessible, and has several other deficiencies including a lack of storage space, according to a press release from the city of Fairview.

To fund the creation of a new structure, the Fairview City Council plans to pursue one of two financing options: Either issue a general obligation bond, which would have an estimated average monthly tax increase of $6.50 for a home valued at $300,000, or increase the rate of city utilities.

On average, the utility rate increase would increase a resident's bill by $4.78.

If the council opts for the bond, it would be placed on the May 2019 ballot and need approval from voters, Fairview City Administrator Nolan Young said. Or if the city opts for the utility rate increase, it would need an affirmative vote from the council to proceed.

Fairview will host two community input meetings to discuss the best option. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St. The second meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St.

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