David’s Notes and Commentary: October 7 City Council Debate

Audio recordings of the October 7 city council debate in American Fork are available here, separated by question. The American Fork Chamber of Commerce also posted a single, long video recording of the event. This post is not intended to substitute for listening or watching, nor is it a play-by-play. … Read More …

Q&A with the American Fork City Council

I sent a few questions to American Fork City Council members Kevin Barnes, Carlton Bowen, Brad Frost, Rob Shelton, and Jeff Shorter. Four of the five replied; Councilman Bowen did not. Here are their responses, with minimal edits for format and readability, not substance. I did not suggest a specific … Read More …

Thank You! (and some American Fork results)

Results Preliminary voting results for American Fork City Council (from the Daily Herald, because the county doesn’t have them up yet) are these: Brad Frost (incumbent): 2,198 Kevin Barnes: 2,057 Robert Shelton (incumbent): 2,028 Allen Simpson: 1,080 So Frost, Barnes, and Shelton take the three available seats. This is the result … 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 …

American Fork Property Tax Rates Have Decreased 3 Years in a Row

This infographic very nearly speaks for itself. But a few notes, if you please. One candidate is out there saying that our property tax rates just keep going up, year after year. This is not the case. It’s true that someone’s property taxes can go up even if the City’s … Read More …

Meet the American Fork City Council Candidates (Parts 9-12)

On Saturday morning State Auditor John Dougall moderated a meet-the-candidates event at American Fork Hospital. It was part of their Pancakes and Politics series, which is sponsored by the American Fork Chamber of Commerce. No one in the area has more credibility in the moderator’s role than John Dougall. And … Read More …

Meet the American Fork City Council Candidates (Part 8)

Link Here’s a link to audio of candidates’ one-minute closing statements at last Wednesday evening’s meet-the-candidate event at American Fork Library: 2015_Wednesday_8 Closing Statements (in summary) Kevin Barnes: We’ve talked about a lot of things tonight, and talked a lot about money. When you go to vote, look at the … Read More …

Meet the American Fork City Council Candidates (Part 7)

Link Here’s a link to audio of a few questions and candidate responses at last Wednesday evening’s meet-the-candidate event at American Fork Library: In this segment, each candidate asked a question of the other three candidates. The questioner had one minute to ask the question and offer his own comments. … Read More …

Meet the American Fork City Council Candidates (Part 6)

Link Here’s a link to audio of a few questions and candidate responses at last Wednesday evening’s meet-the-candidate event at American Fork Library: These questions were submitted by residents attending the event. 2015_Wednesday_6 Questions in this Segment What level of debt is healthy for our city? Are we there? If … Read More …

Meet the American Fork City Council Candidates (Part 5)

Link Here’s a link to audio of a few questions and candidate responses at last Wednesday evening’s meet-the-candidate event at American Fork Library: These questions were submitted by residents attending the event. 2015_Wednesday_5 Questions in this Segment How can American Fork protect its interests in American Fork Canyon? (Order: Simpson … Read More …