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Census Numbers A Bit Off According To Mayor

Census Numbers A Bit Off According To Mayor

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Randall Jeppesen ReportingSeveral Utah County cities say a new census report is giving them a raw deal.

New homes are being built everywhere in Saratoga Springs, and it's one of the fastest growing cities in Utah since 2000. But the growth has slowed considerably, according to the census. Mayor Tim Parker disagrees.

"Even at 518 percent I'm afraid people got their numbers wrong, even at the census bureau," Parker says.

Parker says the numbers are important because funding for transportation and more is divided up based on the census. Last year, the city issued over 600 new single family home permits and nearly a hundred multi-unit permits, but the bureau says the city only gained 500 people -- which is less than one person per home.

"This seems kind of strange," says Parker.

Parker says the city will likely appeal along with a lot of Utah County cities. The numbers show that American Fork lost nearly four thousand people.


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