Concerns about managing growth and curbing crime have started to filter through metropolitan areas to small-town suburbs worried about losing a quaint quality of life.
American Fork is responding by thinking about hiring three new police officers and an economic development director in the coming year. The positions are included in a proposed $16.2 million budget for the next fiscal year.
City Administrator Carl T. Wan-lass recommended to the City Council that, in addition to adding 10 new full- or part-time positions, employees with five or more years of work be given a 2.5 percent cost of living raise.
Wanlass also proposed awarding performance evaluation increases for full-time employees that would average $50 more a month effective Jan. 1, 1999.
The budget, which the council will mull over in upcoming work sessions, also calls for a 15 percent increase in sewer customer service fees. Wanlass said flows to the Timpanogos Service District have increased significantly and the city's charges may increase to $1.3 million from last year's $1.1 million.
"Some (of the increase) is growth," Wanlass said. "It's based on water table, growth and inflation."
In an apparent response to a costly year, a 6 percent admission fee increase is proposed for American Fork's Fitness Center, a publicly funded $2.6 million pool and gymnasium.
The 5-year-old center ran a $140,000 deficit last year because of wage increases and unexpected maintenance costs, according to an audit released in January.
"This will be the first increase since its opening in July of 1993," Wanlass said.
The budget also provides funding from nearly $9 million in bond proceeds for the library, public works complex and expansion to a city senior care center. Also, with the implementation of the impact fee ordinance, money will be made available for park improvements.
Hindley, Kimberly and Evergreen city parks are on Wanlass' list for full improvements.
The price of a cemetery lot and grave-digging fees also are under consideration for increases to offset part of the cost of hiring an additional groundskeeper at the city cemetery. Land also must be acquired to expand the cemetery within two to three years, or all grave spaces will be taken.
Wanlass also said the funding and planning for a new City Hall and public-safety building "is imperative." Projects to improve streets and bridges in the next five years will cost about $7.3 million.
The council will discuss the budget in upcoming work sessions. State laws require final adoption of the budget by June 22.
Budget - American Fork
General fund: $8,319,800
General fund $7,612,850
Where it comes from:
Taxes: Property tax: $4,936,000
Last year: $4,650,000
Licenses & permits: $ 304,000
Last year: $ 302,000
Fee: $ 314,000
Last year: $ 318,000
Cemetery fees $ 145,000
Last year: $ 124,000
Fines & court fees: $ 218,000
Last year: $ 161,000
Charges for services: $ 764,000
Last year: $ 752,000
revenue $ 874,000
Last year: $ 730,750
Where it goes:
Administration: $ 562,700
Last year: $ 533,200
Legal & attorney fees: $ 162,850
Last year: $ 168,500
Police Dept.: $1,872,400
Last year: $1,645,500
Ambulance Dept: $ 205,950
Last year: $ 190,700
Streets and highways: $ 917,600
Last year: $ 828,900
Sanitation Dept.: $ 541,000
Last year: $ 536,000
Parks Dept.: $ 375,300
Last year: $ 347,300
Proposed increase of $100 for grave space and $25 for opening grave. Proposed 15% increase in sewer customer fees. Proposed 6% increase in admission fees at Fitness Center.