Fairway to put 1/2 percent sales tax increase to fund revamp of pool, public works building before voters

A rendering of the new bath house proposed for the Fairway swimming pool.
A rendering of the new bath house proposed for the Fairway swimming pool.

Fairway is preparing to put a potential sales tax increase to fund improvements to the city’s public works facility and pool before voters — but they won’t have to take a trip to the polls.

Fairway will be conducting a mail ballot election starting in late April on a resolution that would increase the city’s sales tax rate 1/2 a percent from 1.5 to 2 for 20 years. If approved, the measure would push the total sales tax rate in Fairway — including the state and county portions of sales tax — to 9.375 percent. The new sales tax would generate an estimated $253,000 per year. The city would use the proceeds from the new tax to pay down the $3,950,000 in general obligation bonds it would need to issue to build a new public works facility and revamp the city’s pool.

The public works building on Buena Vista was built in the 1950s and has never been updated. Aside from the construction of a deck in 2001, the pool hasn’t had any upgrades since its reconstruction in 1988.

The master plan for the pool calls for the construction of a new bath house that would also have a multipurpose room that could accommodate gatherings or meetings.

The Johnson County Election Office will mail a ballot to every registered voter in the city April 23. Voters must then return their completed ballots to the Election Office by noon on May 13.

The city has scheduled two public forums on the issue at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 24 at Fairway City Hall.

For more information about the sales tax election and the proposed work on the pool and public works building, check out the city’s website.

An overhead view of the concept for the revamped Fairway pool.
An overhead view of the concept for the revamped Fairway pool.