For the fourth year in a row, property taxes in Draper will not be going up.

But it took some doing.After weeks of hashing and rehashing Mayor Charles Hoffman's proposed operating budget of nearly $1.2 million for 1988-89, the City Council finally adopted its own version during a special meeting.

The council's version, which is also just shy of $1.2 million, closely resembles the one originally prepared by the mayor and represents about a $43,000 decrease in spending from last year.

Hoffman said the budget marks the fourth consecutive year the city's property taxes have either stayed the same or been decreased.

By far, the largest allocation in the upcoming year's budget is $850,000 earmarked for capital improvements. The bulk of that will be spent on road work, Hoffman said.