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:

Vote button Voter Information

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

 

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

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

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

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

  • How much space do you really need?

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

  • How will residents benefit from the new City Center?

  • Why is Provo City doing this? Why now?

  • How much debt does the City have?

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

  • What about the school bonds?

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

  • How will parking needs be addressed?

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

  • What other options and locations were considered?

 

Space Needs

Today, the total size of the current City Center has 80,907 sq. feet. Police utilize 21,720 sq. feet and Fire utilizes 7,670 sq. feet. All others 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

 

 Wondering what the process is for a bond election? 

ProvoCityBond_Bond

 

Property Tax Breakdown

Provo City is one of several entities that receive 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

 

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.