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Traffic streams past an American Fork welcome sign Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

The American Fork City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s 2023 fiscal year budget during a special session on Tuesday.

To account for road improvements and public safety costs, the city is considering a property tax increase for the first time since 2008. This increase would equal about $10 per month for the average resident, or a 4% increase to a resident’s overall property tax bill.

According to the budget message prepared by David Bunker, city administrator, the 2023 budget places special emphasis on investing in infrastructure improvements, water preservation, public safety and preparation for future growth. Total projected expenditures are $113,613,665.

The 2023 budget will allow American Fork to purchase a new ambulance to account for an increased number of transport calls. The city has also budgeted $7,350,000 to build Fire Station 52, a second public safety station to help lighten the workload of Fire Station 51, located on Center Street in American Fork, which is currently the busiest fire station in the county.

“Once complete, the new Station 52 will be able to effectively service the northeast and northwest portions of the City providing adequate response times to this area of the City.” Bunker said. “Station 52 will also serve the 10,000 residents in the city of Cedar Hills. Funding has been secured, land is purchased and construction is expected to begin in fall 2022.”

American Fork City is also set to complete $24 million in water system improvement projects this year. The include the continuation of a metering improvement project for pressurized irrigation throughout the city and the installation of new fire hydrants and culinary service connections.

“These improvements are necessary to provide adequate fire protection and culinary water services to high-growth areas. Several segments of the project will replace dilapidated mainlines which routinely suffer from system outages due to breaks and leaks.” Bunker said. “This project also replaces old and undersized main line pipes with larger ductile iron pipe along the network backbone of the culinary water system.”

The city will fund several capital projects throughout 2023, including work on the 700 North Connector Road, 300 West Pacific Drive improvements, Sam White Lane widening and several other intersection improvements. Bunker also noted that the $4.4 million set aside for road improvement is a 69% increase from last year’s budget.

“During fiscal year 2023, $3,920,366 is dedicated to funding the infrastructure management plan,” he said. Bunker also informed the council and residents of an additional over-$420,000 to be used for “water system, storm drain and sidewalk improvements.”

The 2023 fiscal year will begin on July 1, and end on June 30, 2023.

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