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Mayor J.H. Hadfield


Mayor's Message

  1. The following information by Mayor J.H. Hadflied recently appeared in the Daily Herald.

    Recent reports in the news list American Fork as one of the “most expensive cities,” and numbers it in the “worst five” cities, as it relates to government spending. 

    The information was based on a report created by the Utah Taxpayers Association, a non-profit ‘watch dog’ group whose mission is: “to assist in bringing about economies, consistent with efficiency, in the administration of our public affairs.” For years the group has been known to be an independent voice that holds government accountable for its spending choices. It has been a service and is well respected. 

    When we read the articles, we were surprised and confused. Especially since last year American Fork was named the most affordable city in Utah by the well-recognized research group Movoto. We did what any responsible City would do: we looked at the numbers. 

    Here’s what we figured out:

    1. The Association did not use “apples-to-apples” math. 

    Let’s say you live on the American Fork side of the street, and your neighbor lives on the Highland side. Your families are the same size and live in similar homes. You pay similar property taxes, and your kids attend the same schools. You even shop at the same stores and go to the same restaurants. 

    The difference, based on the collection of sales tax, is that both families are likely shopping, eating at restaurants, and even going to the Fitness Center in American Fork – because that’s where a majority of services are. That’s great news because we want community vitality, and the collection of sales tax keeps our economy going. 

    However, in the Utah Taxpayers Association study, they put yours and your neighbor’s money from sales tax into the “total taxes collected” in American Fork and divided by just American Fork’s population. This poor math leads to the false conclusion that all sales tax collected in American Fork is paid by American Fork residents. This isn’t true. For example, we have five auto dealerships that generate a great deal of sales tax. According to one of those dealership owners, less than 30% of sales of those vehicles actually come from our residents. 

    That makes the assumption that if the certified tax rate (i.e. property tax) goes up, the City is getting more revenue, and it must be spending more.

    In truth, the percentage of revenue the City is able to keep from taxes you pay through property tax is relatively small. 

    For instance, the certified tax rate just adopted, the City’s portion of property tax revenue is only 21% of the total tax you pay. The rest goes to the County (9%), Alpine School District (66%), the water district (4%), and a very small amount goes to the State for assessing and collecting fees.

    On an annual basis, an independent auditor audits the City. Last year, the City received an unqualified audit opinion; that is the best audit opinion the City can receive. And the City received an Aa3 rating by Moody’s.

    Some of the things the Tax Payers Association added into the calculation included fines and forfeitures - which are from speeding ticket fines and impact fees (which are not always paid by just our residents). The revenue that the Utah Taxpayers Association used is not taxes or fees carried by just American Fork residents.   

    2. The study did not use “apples-to-apples” lifestyle/quality of life comparisons.

    Communities are different. Some are “sleeper communities” and some are designed to have a robust economy with jobs, retail, restaurants, parks and other quality-of-life conveniences. We have chosen to be the latter.

    Take our Fitness Center, for example. Last year, it ran sports programs that enriched the lives of nearly 6,000 participants and their families. The interesting fact is that half of those participants came from surrounding areas. We charge them higher fees, to give our residents a benefit, but the reality is that having these programs locally is a convenience. Many choose to live here for those conveniences that allow them to have exceptional youth baseball, soccer, scouts, golf, gymnastics, competitive swimming, and other programs – without driving 20 minutes – for an affordable price. 

    Our City has a beautiful and innovative Library; dozens of parks, responsive road and utility crews, and its residents are leaders along the Wasatch Front.

    We have 28,000 residents and have about 13,000 jobs within the City. We have a state-of-the art hospital locally, which brings consumer spending, on healthcare services alone, to our City.

    And speaking of health and service: the City services so many emergencies (many where the Fire Department transports patients to American Fork Hospital), that our cost per call for emergency services is the lowest in Utah County.  

    Regardless, our philosophy has been to create a place where people truly want to live, work and play. Most cities say that, but we mean it. And our well-rounded community proves that.

    3. To help residents, we have made many efficiencies in the past five years. 

    We now contract out our fleet maintenance to save money, and we have restructured several departments to be more efficient. We use volunteers for many events and committees.  

    This year, we are holding taxes steady – again – which is remarkable considering that the cost of living has gone up since the last property tax raise. Our population has grown since then as well. And in that time, we have reconstructed major roads such 900 W, 300 W, and 1120 N.

    So to our critics who pass judgment, looking at a few revenue sources, rather than at our accomplishments, we say, ‘that’s okay.’ We know our community is thriving, and we are glad to be accountable and truthful about how we manage tax dollars. Do not take their word for it, and do not take our word for it either. Our doors, our records, and our meetings are always open for residents to come and learn for themselves. 

Upcoming CONSTRUCTION and road closures 

  1. Several construction activities are planned during the coming weeks that will impact residents near 900 West. These include a two-day shutoff of pressurized irrigation while workers install a new manhole, and street closures along 900 West to accommodate construction and paving operations. 

    Pressurized Irrigation Shutoff

    Pressurized irrigation is scheduled to be shut off to residents near 900 West on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1, while crews install a new manhole on 900 West. Residents are advised that watering restrictions will be suspended on Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, and they should water their lawns and yards well prior to the outage. Pressurized irrigation service is scheduled to be restored on Friday, Oct. 2. 

    Street and Intersection Closures

    Several road closures are scheduled near 900 West during the coming weeks to accommodate construction activities and paving. 

    • 920 North: closed at 900 W. intersection on Wed., Sept. 30, and Thurs., Oct. 1; also closed from Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9
    • 980 North: closed at 900 W. intersection from Monday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 9.
    • 900 West: street closed from 700 N. to 1120 N. on Monday, Oct. 12, Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wed, Oct. 14 for final paving and striping. 

    Contact the project team with any questions or concerns at (801) 980-0199 or

    *Please note that all construction is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change. 

    To get daily updates on construction and closures, follow us on Facebook, or Twitter @AmericanForkAFC

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We need your input - Meadows Crossing Road Study

  1. A study team, including Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), AF City, Lehi, UDOT, UTA and UT CO, is evaluating dozens of concepts and traffic models to find solutions that best meet future transportation needs in the Meadows Crossing area.

    To provide input, please go to: (where you can leave typed comments on the Project Map), or feel free to attend any American Fork City Council meeting (Aug. 11 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.) or Lehi City Council Sessions (Aug. 11 and 25 at 7 p.m.) to make a public comment.

    You can also send e-mails to or call the hotline at (801) 980-3440.

    Click here for a look at the American Fork Station Area Plan completed in May 2014.

  1. Sun Oct. 4 - Sat Oct. 10

  2. Fri Oct. 9

    Happy Valley Farmers Market Fresh produce, crafters, entertainment and family activities Theme: Chamber Night Music by: Calico Sage
  3. Tue Oct. 13

  4. Fri Oct. 16

    Happy Valley Farmers Market Fresh produce, crafters, entertainment and family activities Music by: Chief Tiger
  5. Tue Oct. 20

  6. Wed Oct. 21

    Visual Art Board - Especially for Teens - Cartooning Contact Sydney Thomas, American Fork Visual Art Board Program Manager at 801.756.3738 or<> to register for classes. Especially for Teens (for students ages 12 to 15): Mr. Salmond will be further instructing students in reality and cartooning experiences. The students enrolled in the class are invited to enter the "Christmas in the Rotunda" Art Exhibit. This exhibit will be featured in the American Fork Library during the month of December. All entries wi…
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2015 City Council Candidates

    NOVEMBER 3, 2015

    For City Council (4 years) 3 vacancies
      (In the order they will appear on the ballot)

    Robert Shelton
    Allen Simpson
    Brad Frost
    Kevin J. Barnes

    Note: Brett Crowther and Monica Howard have withdrawn.

    The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 with polls opening from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Early Voting will begin on Oct. 20, 2015 at the American Fork Library.  The schedule is as follows:

    10/20 - 10/ 23 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    10/27 - 10/29 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    10/30 Noon to 5 p.m.

    For more information, go to the "Government" tab at the top of this page, then select the "Elections" section, or visit the