A public hearing was held at the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday, July 1. The public was invited to share their opinions and address the council about the city's consideration of a resolution approving an investment plan for a new fire hall and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) updates to city hall.
As of the meeting, city staff were estimating the fire hall construction would cost a total of $2.535 million, and the HVAC update would cost $270,000. Notes to the council mentioned city staff were looking at outside sources to fund the HVAC updates, but that there would be no certainty until late August.
As of June, the fire hall project was estimated to create a one-year increase on the tax levy of 9.55 percent, without taking into account any other increase to the general fund or debt levy, or any calculation for the city hall HVAC replacement.
When the meeting was opened to the public, Board President Marv Garbe asked three times if anyone would like to address the council, but no one came forward to speak. Council member Bryce Curtiss told the council that one Montevideo resident had app-roached him to express concerns about their taxes increasing. Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones mentioned that he had received phone calls with questions about the projects about a month ago.
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