Monday, August 11, 2008
City Council Vote on Tax Increase Tomorrow
It's not too late to speak your mind.
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, August 12) in the regular American Fork City Council meeting, the much-ballyhooed property tax rate increase will come up for vote. With the proposed increase down to 8.3 or 15.7 percent, depending on how you measure it, I expect the increase will pass by a three-to-two margin, with City Councilors Sherry Kramer and Shirl LeBaron (both of whom are back in town) joining Councilman Dale Gunther to provide the winning margin, and Councilors Rick Storrs and Heidi Rodeback (MFCC) voting against it. We'll see.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., but the property tax increase vote will come somewhat later, perhaps more than half an hour later. There will also be a vote on the proposed annual budget for the City. A hearing on the budget (not the tax increase) will be held before the regular meeting, at 7:00 p.m. Here is the evening's agenda.
It's still not too late to send an e-mail or make a phone call to Mayor Thompson and the City Council (here is contact information). If you want to comment at the meeting, don't try it during the public comment period, because items which are on the evening's agenda are out of order then. They are discussed when the item comes up on the agenda.
Meanwhile, The Deseret News reported on last week's hearing.
I don't think things will get this tricky, but . . . what if they vote for the same tax rate as last year? The way state law measures such things, this would be about a 6.9 percent increase, but the City could still say it left the rate the same as last year. They could have about one-third of the proposed increase with very little of the (proposed) political fallout.
Copyright 2008 by David Rodeback.