NORTH SALT LAKE — North Salt Lake's population has doubled since 1997 to 13,500 residents, meaning that in order to keep up with public safety goals, the city's police department had to double over that time.

Police headquarters was built with a force of seven officers in mind. Now there are 15.

The City Council is holding a public hearing tonight for the city's proposed fiscal 2008-09 budget, which includes $3 million toward construction of more city office space and funding for a new police officer.

Currently, the city is in the process of hiring an architect to design a building, which could be located just south of and adjacent to the current City Hall.

The budget includes no property tax increases, said city finance director Brian Passey, but the council will be presented with an option to increase the residential storm-water fee to $4 a month from $3 a month.

By comparison, Passey said, other cities in Davis County charge between $4 and $12 a month for storm-water fees.

The fee increase would be used to support the city's new street sweeper and associated personnel and administrative costs.

One of the city's major road projects for fiscal 2008-09, which begins July 1, is nearly $1.1 million in reconstruction work of Orchard Drive.

The city plans about $2.5 million in water-bond projects for a reservoir and transmission line near Eagleridge Drive. Funds for that project come from water fees.

Tonight's hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and takes place during the city's regular council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at North Salt Lake City Hall, 20 S. U.S. Highway 89, in North Salt Lake.

The council isn't expected to vote tonight, though, and likely will accept public comment on the budget until final approval is made in June. A copy of the budget is available for review at City Hall.