David’s Handy Little Election Guide, 2015 Edition

Unless I’ve missed something, there are two things on my ballot tomorrow in American Fork: the local city council race and Proposition 1, with funding for streets and transportation (including UTA, in counties where UTA exists). Here’s how I’m voting and a brief account of the reasons why. More discussion … Read More …

That Pesky Third Vote

We’ve documented here — in part — local PAC AFCitizens’ casual relationship with the truth and their well-established tendency to get the numbers wrong. It seems reasonable to wonder, why would I ever vote for a candidate they endorse? (Bad numbers seem like an odd problem from a group which … Read More …

Water Rates, Debt, and That Cash Reserve

Debt One of the numbers AFCitizens gets right in its campaign to take down city council incumbents is American Fork’s debt. The number is inherently a moving target, but according to the 2016 American Fork City budget (page 68), the City’s total debt as of July 1, 2015 (the beginning … Read More …

Did American Fork Road Cut Its Road Budget by $450,000 This Year?

There is widespread agreement that American Fork’s roads are crumbling, and that rebuilding them should be a high priority in the City budget. Beyond this the rhetoric diverges. Facts For most of the campaign, one candidate and the local PAC which supports him – and whose flier he’s been distributing … Read More …

They Want You to Think American Fork Has the Highest Property Tax Rate

What Utah Football Has to Do with It Suppose you’re a University of Utah football fan (as I am, when they aren’t playing BYU, and I’m sad about the USC thing last week). But your grandfather is a died-in-the wool Cougar. You know the type. In his mind, it is … Read More …

Do American Forkers Really Have the 4th or 5th Highest City Taxes in Utah?

The short answer is no. Yes, there’s a study that came out this summer, saying that the municipal tax burden on American Fork residents is the fourth or fifth highest in Utah. It used two different methodologies, which is why there are two different answers. Yes, AFCitizens and candidate Allen … Read More …

AFelection.info: Who We Are, What We Want, and What We’ll Be Doing

We realize this isn’t what everyone does in politics, but if you’re going to read the information you find here at afelection.info, we want you to know who we are, what we want, and what we’ll be doing here, so you can evaluate it properly. Who We Are We are … Read More …