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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Quick American Fork Tax Increase Update

Revised times for hearings and votes, with brief discussion of where I think the votes are right now.

The dates I reported two days ago for hearings and votes on the American Fork property tax increase and annual budget were preliminary and have changed somewhat. I have revised them there to reflect information in the final version of a mailing the City is sending to all households, which should be in our mailboxes by the middle of next week.

To wit:

The City reportedly wanted to have two or three meetings or hearings, instead of the required one; recall that two years ago they had two town meetings and an official hearing. But apparently there is time to schedule only the one hearing on the tax increase, at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 at City Hall. A separate hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m., prior to that evening's regular City Council meeting. Votes on both the tax increase and the budget will occur in the regular meeting on Tuesday, August 12. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., but neither item will be first on the agenda. All of the above will occur at historic City Hall.

My current sense is that there are two votes for the proposed tax increase, one vote against any tax increase, and one vote against this tax increase. That leaves one swing vote unaccounted for, so far.

Be advised that I have been very wrong about such things before. My crystal ball was confiscated years ago, due to gross user incompetence. Besides that, someone might change his or her mind between now and then.

You may be able to help with that last thing, but to do so you have to write, show up, or both.

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