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Center Street Closure
Beginning this Saturday, June 1 you will no longer be able to travel westbound on Center Street in the waterline project area until further notice. A Center Street detour route will be provided on 400 North between 400 West and 1200 West. Road closed barricades and detour signs will be provided to guide traffic onto the detour route. You may want to consider using alternate routes like 800 North or University Parkway until the project is complete. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
Our Center Street waterline project has facilitated the need to close all eastbound traffic lanes on Center Street from 1200 West to 800 West in a 1st phase of this project. We have been able to keep one westbound lane open in this area up till now. This weekend, and again on Monday morning, traffic control and lane restrictions on Center Street will change.
As progress is being made on this waterline project, we have the need to make additional traffic lane restrictions. For instance, beginning Saturday morning (June 1st) we will allow the contractor to make a full closure of the entire intersection of Center Street at 800 West. A Center Street detour route will be provided on 400 North between 400 West and 1200 West for this full intersection closure.
On Monday morning (June 3rd) the contractor will have progressed east of the 800 West intersection on Center Street, and many traffic movements will be permitted at 800 West beginning Monday. The waterline project will extend over time eastward on Center Street from 800 West to 340 West (near the Holiday / Sinclair gas station). We will most likely need to keep all traffic lanes on Center Street closed (eastbound and westbound) for this 2nd phase of the project. A similar 400 North detour route will most likely be needed through most of the remainder of the project.
Instead of taking the 400 North detour route that will be in place with road closed and detour signs, you may want to consider using alternate routes like 800 North or University Parkway until the project is complete.
Additional information will be provided as the waterline project progresses. The project should be complete by the end of June.
Facts about Orem’s Property Tax
The City of Orem considered a property tax increase as part of this year’s budget to compensate for lost revenue from declining sales tax and increased expenses and obligations over the last four years. After five public open houses, three public hearings, and much public input, the City Council approved an increase in Orem’s portion of the property tax that is half of the original proposal that was noticed. The City Council is considering cuts throughout City operations and services to make up the difference. The information below reflects the actual tax increase that was approved on August 14, 2012.
Since this is the first general property-tax increase by the City of Orem since 1978, we understand you may have questions. Here is some information for you to consider:
- Orem’s portion of the property tax on the average home is increasing $4.09 per month or $49.07 per year. The average Orem home is valued at $181,000 based on information provided by the Utah County Assessor’s Office.
- Orem’s portion of the property tax on a business valued at $181,000 is increasing $7.44 per month or $89.23 per year.
- The approved amount represents a 25.29% increase in Orem’s portion of the property tax.
- Please remember that the increase only applies to Orem’s portion of your tax bill which is 18.5% of your total bill. Orem’s increase will only result in a 3.9% increase in your overall property tax bill.
- Because of a decrease in Alpine School District’s portion of the bill, the average home’s tax bill is increasing by only $2.58 per month.
Wondering how Orem fees and taxes compare to other cities?
Water is based on the City of Orem average residential use of 28,000 gallons per month with a 3/4 inch meter. If a city has pressurized irrigation, a mix of 12,000 gallons of culinary water to 16,000 gallons of pressurized irrigation (secondary) water was utilized.
Sewer is based on the City of Orem average residential use of 9,000 gallons per month.
Property tax was calculated based on a home value of $200,000 taxed at 55% market value.
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How are property taxes used in Orem?
Property taxes make up only a quarter of the City’s General Fund Tax Revenue. The General Fund supports vital community operations such as:
- Public Safety--Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical
- Recreation—Programs including Senior Citizen but not the Fitness Center
- Streets and Traffic Management
- Planning, zoning, and building safety