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Franchise Taxes Revenue

Sales Tax Revenue

Sales Tax Revenue

The bulk of the City’s operating revenues, sales taxes account for over 1/3 of the General Fund budget. Sales taxes are dispersed to the City by the Utah State Tax Commission.

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Taking Waste to the Dump Yourself

When you have more garbage or green waste than will fit in your can, you may take that trash to the landfill on your own.

Location: 2000 West 200 South, Lindon, UT 84042
Hours: Click Here
Phone: 801-225-8538
Website: http://utahcountygarbage.org/

There is no charge for loads containing only green waste as long as your load is covered and you provide proof of Orem residency.

Click here to download the North Pointe Landfill Fee Schedule.

Dump Passes: Every residence in Orem receives two free dump passes per year. These are delivered in the spring and fall newsletters.  They are on the front page. These go to every residence even if they do not have a utility bill or if they are on paperless billing.  We do not have extras to give out at the city center.

FEWER BUGS AND WEEDS

Pesticides are chemicals used to kill or repel pests. Pesticides include herbicides (Which kill plants), insecticides (which kill insects) and fungicides (which kill fungi).

The pesticides used in a yard are poisons and may pose a health threat to the person applying them if not handled carefully. They also pose a threat to animals, plants, and insects beyond the intended pests. Honeybees are an example of non-target organisms. They are very susceptible to many household pesticides such as carbaryl (sevin) and chlorpyrifos. Other non-targets include ladybird beetles, which are natural biological pest controls, and fish, which can suffer direct poisoning from the household insecticides, permethrin, resmethrin, pyrethrin, and rotenone washed into a stream or lake. Studies have detected pesticides in 97% of urban stream water samples. Pesticides have been linked to hormonal imbalances in fish.

Until recently, groundwater was thought to be immune from the many chemicals used on lawns and gardens. However, contamination may occur when polluted surface water moves through the soil to the water table.

Integrated Pest Management

When we see weeds or insects invading our favorite plants, our first response is often to apply a pesticide. Some people even apply a pesticide to prevent invasions by pests. Both of these automatic responses lead to unnecessary pesticide use. A better approach is Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Cultural Control

Cultural pest control methods attempt to create optimal growing conditions for plans and unfavorable conditions for pests. Methods include:

For Gardens

  • Select disease-resistant varieties of plants.
  • Plant varieties adapted to the geographic and soil conditions.
  • Maintain a rich, fertile soil, with the proper pH for the plants being grown.
  • Rotate plants to disrupt the life cycle of pests (this is called crop rotation).
  • Plant and harvest early to promote healthier, stronger plants and avoid peak insect populations.
  • Remove pest-infected plant residue in the fall.
  • Plant a wide variety of crops to reduce potential pest problems.
  • Evaluate the availability of sunlight and water. Most garden plants need plenty of each to help control pest problems.

For Lawns

Proper mowing heights are important. Set the mower to cut at 3 inches or higher. Mow often, each time the grass reaches 4 inches. (It’s important not to cut more than one-third of the height.) On troublesome spots, remember that improper light, moisture or soil conditions discourage good turf. Use of shade-tolerant grasses, bringing in topsoil, or switching to alternative ground covers may be the answer.

Biological Control

Numerous organisms feed upon or infect insect pests. These biological controls frequently prevent the insect pollution from reaching damaging levels. Three types of natural enemies are:

  • Predators – Such as ladybird beetles, ground beetles and birds that consume many pests in their lifetime.
  • Parasites – such as the trichogamma wasp, which will generally consume one individual insect pest during its own lifetime.
  • Pathogens – such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses which infect many insect pests simultaneously.
  • Minimizing the use of pesticides on lawns and gardens allows these natural enemies to thrive, helping to keep pest populations in control.

Source: Yard Care And The Environment by the West Valley City Storm Water Utility

Resources: What are pesticides?PesticidesHousehold Hazardous WasteStormwater Runoff & PesticidesPesticides, Herbicides, & StormwaterStormwater Management: Pesticide Use in the Lawn and Garden

GREENER LAWNS, CLEANER WATERS

Nearly everyone appreciates a well cared for lawn. To achieve the healthiest green lawn, many people turn to chemical fertilizers. Unfortunately, lawn fertilizers pose several risks to human health and water quality.

Hazardous chemicals in fertilizers include ammonium nitrate, ammonium phosphate, ammonium sulfate, pesticides and potassium chloride. Fertilizers can be corrosive to skin, eyes and mucous membranes and can potentially affect water quality.

Fertilizer Use

When using fertilizers, read labels carefully to ensure that you are properly protected and that you use the right amount of fertilizer for your lawn. Don’t fertilize before predicted heavy rain and be careful along lawn edges. Fertilizer left on sidewalks and driveways can easily be washed into storm water.

It is suggested that slow-release fertilizer is less-hazardous. Look for bags that have the word “WIN” on them. This indicates that the fertilizer contains water insoluble nitrogen.

Leftover Fertilizer

If you have fertilizer left over, store it in a sealed and labeled plastic bag and keep it away from children, pets and water.

If you don’t want to store it, it is best to find someone who can use it.

Disposal

Empty fertilizer bags that do not contain pesticides and weed killers can be disposed of in the garbage. If the fertilizer contains pesticide, please follow directions under “pesticides” on your product’s label to dispose of properly.

If you can’t find any way of using up the product, you may dispose of it by placing it in a heavy duty plastic bag. Please call the North Pointe Solid Waste District at 801-225-8538 and let them know you are bringing in fertilizer. This makes sure the fertilizer is handled safely. Be aware that there are minimal charges associated with disposal at the solid waste district.

Reducing The Need For Fertilizer

You can reduce the amount of fertilizer you need by frequently mowing your lawn with a mulching mower to a height of three inches or higher, and leaving the clippings on the lawn.

Using compost and soil amendments also reduces the need for fertilizer. A guide to composting is available in PDF format at the Utah State University extension website at http://www.extension.usu.edu/publica/gardpubs/compos01.pdf. Or you can call them at 370-8460 with questions about lawn and garden care.

Source: Eliminating Household Hazardous Waste. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Boise, Idaho. 1999. Pp 12-13.

ANNUAL HYDRANT FLUSH

As part of critical maintenance to the water system, the City of Orem is planning to flush fire hydrants beginning the week of March 23, weather permitting. This year’s flushing area will be all neighborhoods east of State Street. 

Flushing the system has numerous benefits including:

1.     Pipe Cleaning – the higher velocities clean the walls of the pipe.

2.     Water Circulation – the water at dead-end lines and cul-de-sacs is flushed out.

3.     Valve Exercising – both the valves in the road and on the fire hydrant need to be turned so, over time, they don’t get stuck.

4.     System Check – just like the body needs a physical check-up, flushing the system is like putting the body on a treadmill and monitoring the vital signs.

Flushing the system can cause some temporary inconveniences of low water pressure or slightly discolored water.  The discolored water poses no health risk and is part of the process to clean out sediment in the water lines.  If you see crews flushing hydrants in your neighborhood, refrain from using water in your home until after the process is complete (usually 15 or 30 minutes).  After they leave, turn a cold water tap on for a few minutes to clear out any possible remaining sediment in your own line.

For the safety of both residents and City workers, we ask for the public’s help by allowing full access to fire hydrants.  Please move parked vehicles away from hydrants and try to keep children at a safe distance.

Even though water is a precious resource and flushing may appear to wastewater, please be assured we are committed to conserving water, energy, and labor by flushing no more than necessary. The personnel flushing fire hydrants are trained in proven water system maintenance practices. Thank you for your cooperation with this project. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works Water Section at 229-7500.

WINTER TIPS FOR CLEAN WATER

The City has had a long-standing relationship with the Utah County Stormwater Coalition. They produced the following article for us to pass along to our residents.

Deicers lower the melting point of ice to help remove ice and snow from pavement. Sodium chloride (rock salt) is the most common product because it’s effective and cheap. However, it is highly corrosive and ecologically damaging. Some deicers are significant sources of phosphorous. Here are some ways to help keep our water supply cleaner: 

  • Be sure to keep deicers in a covered area to prevent runoff to the storm system and contamination of ground water.
  • Always apply deicing products according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Using the old-fashioned approach of a shovel means eliminating ice and snow without harmful chemicals and with the added benefit of physical exercise.

Why Does It Matter?

Polluted water that enters your storm drain (the grate in the street curb that collects water runoff) does not get treated, and instead flows directly into local water bodies where it can harm aquatic life and habitats, contaminate drinking water supplies and recreational waterways, and lessen aesthetic value.

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