Due to increased costs for the 15th Avenue repaving project, the Longview City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday about proposed adjustments to the Transportation Benefit District.

The council will also review the proposed 2018 airport budget, a collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters union and the possibility of adopting responsibility for regulating massage parlors.

Contract plans for the 15th Avenue improvement project, paid for with revenue from the Transportation Benefit District (TBD), exceeded the budgeted costs by more than 70 percent. The council is required to hold a public hearing if a TBD-funded project exceeds 20 percent of estimates.

The project was initially projected to cost $550,000, but the city has learned the project will cost $950,000. Officials say this increase is primarily due to a spike in bid prices.

Based on this increase, the city also now is recalculating the cost of four other projects to be financed through the TBD, which is funded by a $20 annual car tab. The revised estimates have boosted the projected cost of those four projects by a total of $1.1 million.

In other business, the council is expected to  approve a labor agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The agreement would increase wages for city firefighters by 3 percent this year, retroactive to Jan. 1. It would boost wages 2 percent in both 2018 and 2019, and firefighters would also get cost-of-living adjustments based on inflation.

The council meeting will start at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers on the second floor of Longview City Hall.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.


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