Keeping It Country

The Town of Fairview was incorporated in 1958 with a population of 50. Since that time, it has grown steadily to today's population of a little more than 10,000. The community is marked by large houses on large lots, expansive open spaces, numerous horse farms, excellent schools, rolling hills, vast hardwoods, beautiful creeks, and the extensive Fairview Town Center shopping area and mixed-use center.


Vision, Mission, Focus Areas and Core Values

In March of 2023, the Fairview Town Council held its annual retreat. As part of the retreat, a discussion took place regarding revising the content of the town's vision and mission statements and its core values and focus areas. At the July 11, 2023, Town Council meeting, the council ratified the revised vision and mission statements, core values and focus areas located below. The ratification of this language establishes the foundation to what will ultimately become the town’s revised Strategic Plan. As the Strategic Plan evolves, updates and information can be found on this page.


Fairview, a premier place to live and work with a unique and vibrant quality of life.



·         Promotes high quality economic and community development,

·         Embraces the natural features of the community,

·         Maintains open community communication, and

·         Delivers efficient, quality municipal services with a professional, well trained work force, for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors.


Infrastructure, Public Safety, Economic and Community Development, Community Engagement and Fiscal Responsibility.


Integrity, Caring, Responsive, Innovation, Trust, Excellence


Integrity - We deal honestly and respectfully with each other and the public at all times. We conduct ourselves in a manner that is ethical, legal and professional, with the highest degree of honesty, respect and fairness.

Caring – We care about the wellbeing of our employees, residents, and visitors.  This is demonstrated in our interactions with citizens and customers and our commitment to our employees.

Responsive – We engage our community, with a focus on listening to and supporting their needs, and delivering high quality, efficient services.

Trust - We strive to be worthy of the community’s trust.  Providing effective and equitable solutions to citizens’ needs, and building a culture that is developed through the open exchange of ideas, hard work and strong teamwork all contribute to building that trust.

Innovation – We value progressive thinking, creativity, flexibility and adaptability in service delivery. We develop creative solutions as a team and share leading practices that enhance the value of services provided for our community. 

Excellence - Our work is characterized by its quality and by the diligence with which it is carried out. We proactively seek to solve problems in advance. We promote openness and transparency in our operations ensuring that we are accountable for our actions at all times.

Town History

A petition to request an incorporation election for Fairview was submitted to the county judge and commissioners’ court on April 21, 1958. The petition contained the following thirty-three names: Edgar Bush, V. W. Glover, Joe Hooper, C. A, Ostrawn (sp?), M. E. Travillion, L. W. Bryson, Mrs. L. W. Bryson, Mrs. W. H. Ellenburg, W. M. Bush, Mrs. W. M. Bush, E. A. Hooper, Elsie Hooper, Mrs. V. W. Glover, P. L. Barksdale, Mrs. P. L. Barksdale, H. L. Lowry, Mrs. H. L. Lowry, L. M. Nelson, Mrs. L. M. Nelson, Mrs. J. F. Summers, H. J. Petefish, Mrs. H. J. Petefish, Mrs. Robert R. Miller, Mr. Robert R. Miller, Mrs. Clyde Geren, George Apple, Mrs. George Apple, H. L. Knight, Mrs. H. L. Knight, B. C. Knight (?), C. H. Murray, J. K. Wa(?)

Fairview came into existence following an election held at what was called the Fairview Grocery on May 7, 1958. Ordered by Collin County Judge W. E. Button after submission of a petition, the purpose of the voting was to determine whether or not the Town of Fairview would be incorporated as a town. The ballot choices were simple: “Corporation” or “No Corporation.” A total of fifty ballots were cast, with only two of those opposing incorporation. Judge Button signed the order incorporating Fairview on May 12, 1958.

According to accounts, the town’s name might just as easily have been Wetsel because there were two communities included in the incorporated land – Fairview and Wetsel. The latter community began when Henry Wetsel, a Pennsylvania immigrant and carpenter by trade, sold his grist and flour mill in McKinney (a three- to five-oxen operation described as a “first-class ox mill”) and head right a square mile of land four to five miles south of town. That land is memorialized today as the Henry Wetsel Survey. He built his cabin on the Fisher and Sawyer stage road that ran from Austin through McKinney on its way to the Red River. One account suggests Henry operated a new grist mill on the northwest corner of today’s Stacy Road and SH 5 beginning in about 1850. Either here or at his McKinney mill he lost an arm in a terrible accident. He also supposedly built a two-story house with large cedar trees in the front yard on the west side of the stagecoach road, and brought Bermuda grass back from East Texas and had the first lawn of its kind in the area. This story seems not to ring true, however. Lawns were not really “invented” for many more years, so the grass story may have more accurately described one of Henry’s descendants.


Fairview's total sales tax rate is 8.25%, which includes one percent (1%) for local economic and community development. Fairview maintains one of the lowest ad valorem rates in the Metroplex and is ranked as one of the lowest tax rates out of 675 Texas municipalities reporting tax rates to the Texas Municipal League.

For a House Valued at $200,000, Your Taxes Would Be:

  • Fairview
  • 0.359999%
  • $720.00
  • Lucas
  • 0.320661%
  • $641.32
  • Frisco
  • 0.460000%
  • $920.00
  • Allen
  • 0.540000%
  • $1,080.00
  • McKinney
  • 0.583000%
  • $1,166.00

Fairview consistently maintains one of the lowest property tax rates for a full service municipality in Collin County. Texas is one of only four states that does not have a corporate income tax and one of only seven states that does not have an individual income tax.

Additional Information about Tax Rates and Demographics