Provo Police, Fire & City Facilities Bond

The videos and graphics on this page are provided by Provo City to help voters make an informed decision on the Provo Police, Fire & Facilities Bond. You’ll find graphics on how a bond works, where your taxes go, and trends in construction costs. The City has also provided a video with an overview of the needs from various departments. Links to the City's official statement, resources, and voter information are provided below:

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More information about the 2018 election, dates to remember, election results, and voter registration information can be found at the following link:

City Recorder - Election Information

Voter Information Pamphlet for the Provo Police, Fire & City Facilities Bond


The Provo City Council held a Town Hall on October 23, 2018, to present information, hear from those on both sides of the issue, and answer questions from the public.



The following videos explain the challenges faced by Provo City's current facilities. 


The first three videos tell about the conditions of the current facilities. The fourth video incorporates much of the same information and adds some additional photos. It was made to be shown as an introduction at meetings or other events.

Voter Information Pamphlet

Click on the photo below to see the full voter information pamphlet being mailed out to Provo households.voter_pamphlet2018_online1

Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout the process, people have had questions about the various aspects of the bond, options that were discussed, cost, location, etc. Some of the most frequently asked questions are listed below, along with answers and links to supporting materials.

If you have a question that wasn't answered here, you may submit it on Open City Hall.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Isn’t $69 million overpriced for a city hall?

  • How did you estimate the cost for construction without having a final building design?

  • How much debt does the City have?

  • How much space do you really need?

  • Why can’t the city just save up for new buildings?

  • Why is Provo City doing this? Why now?

  • Was the decision on the bond rushed? Can’t you wait until next year to place this on the ballot?

  • How did you establish the median Provo residential property value?

  • What do people mean when they call it a “legacy building?”

  • How will parking needs be addressed?

  • Is there no other alternative for Provo residents to pay for this other than property tax? Instead of just property owners, can’t sales tax be used?

  • How long was the City Center originally intended to last?

  • Are there going to be some sort of renderings or specific layouts shared with the public?

  • What about the school bonds?

  • What about the need for a new wastewater treatment plant?

  • How will residents benefit from the new City Center?

  • How much money has Provo City put away toward the building of new facilities?

  • Is the 2013 assessment the first one examining options/building safety?

  • What other options and locations were considered?

  • Where do we expect the new City Center to be built?

  • What type of bonds are these?

  • At what rate will the bonds be sold?

  • What will this bond cost a Provo resident over the next 20 years?


Conceptual Drawings

The conceptual drawings below will give an idea of how the facilities could be built on the current downtown block. This would allow new facilities to be built without displacing current Provo City operations. Once the new facilities are completed, the old buildings would be demolished, leaving room for potential downtown redevelopment on the Center Street side of the block. The Covey Center for the Arts would remain in its current location.

Overhead layout

PCC space needs mono

Conceptual drawing PCC

 Here are the conceptual plans for the rebuild of Fire Station 2

Provo Fire Station 2 Rendering

Space Needs

The total size of the current City Center is 80,907 sq. feet. The Police Department utilize 21,720 sq. feet and the Fire Department utilizes 7,670 sq. feet. All other City Departments use the remaining 51,517 sq. feet. In 2012, McClaren, Wilson and Lawrie, Inc. (MWL) conducted a “Police Space Needs Analysis,” which called for 78,000 sq. feet for the police and fire headquarters. Since then, the department’s workforce has increased. A 2013 study by Architectural Nexus called for 80,400 sq. feet for other city functions by 2040.

The current assessment (gross square footage) used for this proposal:

  • Public Safety          90,515 (8,700 shelled space)
  • Other city facilities  75,350 (8,700 shelled space)

Proposed facilities

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Property Tax Breakdown

Provo City is one of several entities that receives funds through property taxes. The information below shows the percentage each entity receives from one dollar of property tax.

2018 property tax splitProperty Tax Breakdown

Your estimated property tax increase

  • Visit the Utah County Land Use Records website to look up the current value of your property as set by the Utah County Assessor.
  • You can use the calculator below to figure out what impact from the bond will be for you (* indicates required items).


Provo Tax & Fee Revenue Compared to Population Growth Over Time

This graph shows the average annual utility and property tax revenue Provo City has collected per resident between 1970 and 2018.  The revenue amounts were converted to 2018 dollars after adjusting for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. The adjusted revenue amounts were then divided by Provo’s population number in the corresponding year to break down how much an average resident was contributing to the various revenue types. 

For example, a typical resident in 1970 was paying $126.48 in 2018 dollars in property tax to Provo City (this does not include the amount paid to the County or School District). By comparison, a typical resident in 2018 will pay $110.68 in property tax to Provo City.

The following revenues are shown on the graphs:


  • Property Tax revenues
    • General Fund Property Tax revenue: This money comes from a portion of property taxes and pays for the day-to-day operations of the Police and Fire departments, in addition to other City services.
    • Library Fund Property Tax revenue: This money comes from a portion of property taxes and pays for the Provo City Library.
    • General Obligation Bond Property Tax revenue: This money comes from a portion of property taxes and pays for projects the public has voted to fund, such as the Rec Center. If the public were to approve the proposed City Center bond, the property tax increase would be tied to this category.
  • Sanitation revenue: This revenue primarily comes from garbage, recycling, and yard waste fees.
  • Wastewater revenue: This revenue comes from fees related to the wastewater (sewer) infrastructure. Every month, residents and businesses pay a base fee for being connected to the sewer system, and then they pay fees based on how much wastewater goes through their drains into the system.
  • Water revenue: This revenue comes from water fees. Every month, residents and businesses pay a base fee for being connected to the system that provides culinary water, and then they pay additional fees based on how much water comes through their taps.
  • Energy revenue: This revenue comes from fees related to monthly electricity usage, paid by residents and businesses.
  • Stormwater revenue: Each home or business pays a monthly fee to help the City maintain storm drain piping that carries rain and sprinkler water to the Provo River and Utah Lake.Provo City Population compared to Property Tax and Fee Revenues

Comparing Inflation in Various Areas

The following interactive graph follows three indexes, with base years adjusted to 1980. Information about the indexes is below the graph. Move the slider above the graph to see the specific values for a particular year.

Year: 1980

MCI: 100

CPI: 100

RSMeans: 100

The graph above shows the following three indexes, with base years adjusted to 1980:

  • Municipal Cost Index (MCI): This index was developed by American City & County, and it shows how the cost of running the average U.S. city has changed over time. Running a city involves paying employees who perform municipal services (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, analysts, information systems staff, accountants, etc.), buying materials and supplies for different projects, paying for contract services, and paying for construction. The MCI began in the late ‘70s. According to the data, providing city services cost 3 times more in 2018 than in 1980: $100 worth of city services in 1980 would cost $300 in 2018.


  • Consumer Price Index-Urban (CPI): This index shows the rate of inflation based on the average U.S. consumer’s spending. According to the data, costs for the average American are 3.19 times higher in 2018 than in 1980: what cost $100 in 1980 would cost $318.60 in 2018.


  • RS Means Construction Index (RSM): This index shows the rate of construction inflation based on national average construction costs. The data indicates that construction costs are 3.43 times higher in 2018 than in 1980: $100 worth of construction in 1980 would cost $343.08 in 2018.