Utility Transportation Fund = Residents Win Big

Utility Transportation Fund from Provo City on Vimeo.

The past few years Provo City leaders have been wrestling with how to pay for roads. We set principle-based objectives first and worked from there. Those principles were:

1-Equitable – All who use the roads would have a stake in their maintenance.

2-Sustainable – The solution needed to be fiscally responsible. We no longer wanted to use inefficient bonding as a way to upkeep city streets. Bonding has too much interest associated with it versus a pay-as-you-go method.

3-Tranparency – We wanted a way residents could see and understand exactly how much they’re paying for roads. This gives you, the resident, the ability to hold elected officials accountable.

We feel all three of these objectives were met in the proposed implementation of the Utility Transportation Fund.

The Fund would be established and give us the ability to address the concerns residents expressed over our roads.

Here’s the best news – We feel that we can actually reduce the money you pay in property taxes by March 2015!

This is a HUGE win for residents.

Please watch the above video and give us your feedback.

In the coming weeks and months the Administration and Council will be putting together an aggressive outreach process to make sure that all your questions are answered. Stay tuned.

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  1. The only question I have is how apartment complexes that pay for their power use all at once on one account and then charge the students afterwards will be charged. Also, what is the rate that non-profits and businesses will be charged?

    I think that a lot of students will be upset by this, but that it is the more equitable solution. I hope this will get us out and keep us out of the bond business, since we seem to pay those off through our power bills.

    1. John

      Glen – Thank you for the post and issues you bring up.

      We’re planning on working with city staff and property owners to iron out some of the potential issues with billing. Stay tuned and please weigh in as we talk about specific proposals. I’d love to hear your feedback.

      It’s too early to talk about the proposed rates because we don’t have a finalized plan. We have ballpark figures but I feel I need to go to those entities personally first. I’d hate for them to read about it here before talking with them face to face. Just know that the plan will be fair to everyone who uses the roads.

      Our collective hope is that we can finally move away from the cycle of road bonding.

      Thanks again.

      John

  2. tami harris

    It’s amazing to me how so much has been done with so little for so long. With a crew of six employees taking care of 600 miles of roads, that can’t be sustainable forever. As the city continues to grow and add new subdivisions, the miles of road increases, thus the increased need for repair, maintenance, snow removal. Personally, I like the idea of the Utility Transportation Fund. John Curtis, it’s good to have you as Mayor.

  3. Susan Greer

    I’m all for fiscal responsibility. I have lived in Provo for 31 years and appreciate this “outside the box” solution. Seems like a no brainer.

  4. Glen Boyer

    Consider putting on the billing notice a more descriptive defintion of usage–perhaps something like, “Retirement of transportation bonds.” As is, “Transportation fee” doesn’t describe your purpose!

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