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Attention Drivers. There are two new four-way stop locations that are scheduled to start next week at the intersections of 600 West and 1100 North and 1300 West and 1100 North.
EXPLANATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION UTILITY FEE
Download the Road Funding FAQ
Over three years ago, Pleasant Grove City Council commissioned an analysis of the yearly cost to get Pleasant Grove City roads up to an acceptable standard. The City hired JUB Engineers to do the analysis and they presented their findings to the City Council in January 2015. The results of the study were that it would take $3.8M per year for the next 20 years to get all city roads to an acceptable standard.
The road funding at the time was approximately $1.2M made up of gasoline taxes and money transferred from the general fund for road maintenance. A request was made by the City Council to staff to consider a Transportation Utility Fee (TUF).
A study was done by Lewis Young Robertson and Burningham (LYRB) to determine the breakdown of road usage between residential use and the different types of business uses. This breakdown also showed how much residents and businesses would be charged in order to generate enough revenue to help solve the road maintenance issues. This study was presented to the City Council in January 2016.
In May 2016, Pleasant Grove City mailed a flyer to each resident and business notifying them of a public hearing on a potential Transportation Utility Fee. The public hearing was held on June 7, 2016 in which 18 residents shared their feedback. At the time, the City Council requested time to further study the issue before implementing the fee.
By 2017 the City Council had added another $230,000 of general fund monies allocated to road maintenance and the Utah State Legislature increased the Gas Tax to add another $180,000 of Class C road monies to the City. The gap to reach the $3.8M annual funding for road maintenance was down to $2.2M.
In March 2017, a Citizen Initiative was filed by a group of citizens to require the City to fund the $2.2M gap out of the general fund. In order to take $2.2M of general fund money to solely fund roads, the funding would have to come from other services in the general fund. The likely sources of this funding would come from parks, library, Senior Citizen services, and the swimming pool.
In November 2017 68.8% of voters voted “No” to the initiative and to that method of funding road maintenance. The election results showed the City Council that the residents did not want to fund roads by reducing or eliminating other general fund services.
In 2018, the City Council further discussed the implementation of a Transportation Utility Fee in order to make significant progress on road maintenance and repair. In February of 2018 the City Council, with help from the Pleasant Grove Chamber of Commerce, hosted three meetings with the business community to show different options for the Transportation Utility Fee. Approximately 30 businesses attended these meetings.
The City Council also held an open house on February 21, 2018 to present options that the City was considering for the Transportation Utility Fee. All residents and businesses received an invitation to the open house. Approximately 100 people attended the open house and about 50 returned comment cards with feedback for the City Council’s consideration.
On March 27, 2018 the City Council held a public hearing on a proposed Transportation Utility Fee. Six people spoke regarding the proposed fee.
On April 10, 2018 the City Council implemented the Transportation Utility Fee. On July 17, 2018 the City Council made some minor modifications. The Transportation Utility Fee is to be implemented on the August 1, 2018 billing cycle:
Road Fee Per Month-Residential $ 8.45
Tier 1 Business Road Fee Per Month $ 41.27
Tier 2 Business Road Fee Per Month* $ 236.05
*Tier 2 businesses include: gas station/convenience stores; restaurants with drive thru service; users with more than 250 parking stalls (churches will be considered Tier 1 users because their higher intensity of use is limited to primarily a single day per week). Tier 1 businesses include all other commercial users who do not qualify as Tier 2.
All businesses also received a 45% rate exemption in the fee calculations similar to the exemption that residential owners receive on their property tax for home ownership.
For more information, you can visit the Roads FAQ on our website: plgrove.org. If you have any questions regarding the Transportation Utility Fee you can email City Administrator, Scott Darrington as .>
We are excited for the 2018 Summer Concert in the Park series.
June 3 PG Orchestra June 10 Utah Children's Choir
June 17 Skyline Barbershop Chorus
June 24 Funeral Potatoes
July 1 Bluegrass Thunder
July 8 The Walker Brothers
July 15 The Buskers
July 22 Dyer Highway
July 29 Tim Hopkins
Aug 5 Mormon Blues Brothers
Aug 12 Chrome Street
Aug 19 The Shane Lee Band
North Canyon Road will undergo extensive pavement replacement for the entire length of the roadway from State Street in Pleasant Grove to SR-92 at the mouth of American Fork Canyon in Cedar Hills. Details of the construction and safety precautions are available HERE or from canyonroadconstruction.com.
The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 19, 2018, and is tentatively planned to be completed by mid-October 2018. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with occasional night work and Sunday work as needed.
The project contact information is as follows:
To receive e-mail updates, please send a request to . For construction questions, concerns, or updates, please contact Utah County at:>
Odd numbered houses and businesses: Mo-We-Fr
Even numbered houses and businesses: Tu-Th-Sa
Sundays: City and School District
In order to keep our system balanced, we is better to have some water usage on Sundays. We don’t allow residential or businesses to water, but allow some of the larger users (City and School District) to use the water.
Because of the size of some parks and the cemetery, the City will water a different part of the park and cemetery each day. While it may appear that the same piece of grass is being watered each day, it is actually watering the same piece of grass about once a week.
1. Watering on the wrong day
2. Wasting water
a. Overwatering- Keeping sprinklers on too long
b. Watering while it is raining
3. Watering on Sunday
First offense: Warning
Second offense: Disconnection from the secondary water system and $50 reconnect fee
Third offense: Disconnection from secondary water system and $200 reconnect fee
Reconnecting after shutoff: If property owner reconnects themselves to the secondary water system after being shut off by the City, a $500 penalty will be enacted in addition to any criminal action may be enforced.
Please use the following link to ascertain what the recommended watering time is. It varies on a weekly basis depending on the weather:
We’ve heard a few residents make this comment. While I can’t speak to what was said in the past, our reality is that (1) we have a limited resource when it comes to water so we don’t have the luxury of allowing everyone to use as much as they want and (2) an analysis of the secondary water rates was done in 2010 that showed if there wasn’t a rate increase the water fund would be bankrupt in a couple of years. Therefore corresponding rate increases were put in to make sure the water fund stayed solvent.
The City has water rights for enough water to operate the system each year. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains determines how many of these water rights we are allowed to exercise. On a good snow year we are able to exercise 100% of our water rights if needed. In a drought year, we are allocated a portion of our water rights because their simply isn’t enough physical water to exercise all the water rights. For this reason a watering schedule is put into place to help conserve that water.
We are asking each citizen to limit their water usage on the days they are allowed to water. It defeats the purpose of conservation if our citizens have the attitude that they will overwater on the days they are allowed to water. Overwatering is a violation of our ordinance and subject to a citation. This really is a community effort to work together to conserve water.
This is the third straight year that we aren’t receiving our full water allotment. Therefore we are asking residents to conserve water wherever possible. The City has enough water to last throughout this whole year if we have cooperation on conservancy. If we continue to run our sprinklers longer than we need to or water during a rainstorm, then we run the risk of not having enough water to last the whole year.
The rain in May was heaven sent this year. It doesn’t signal the end of the drought because it wasn’t able to be stored as snow pack. The drought is really based on the amount of snow pack we get during the winter. The positive that the rain provided was that we used a small amount of our stored water during that month which helps with availability at the end of the year. But even with the rain we can’t be less diligent on water conservation.
Please contact our Public Works Department at (801) 785-2941 and we will investigate it. You can remain anonymous throughout the process.
Each new development is required to deed the amount of water their new development will use to the City.
At this point the secondary water system hasn’t been metered. When the system was installed, the technology for secondary water meters was lacking. The technology is much better now and putting in secondary water meters in now an option for consideration. The hold back at this point is the capital cost of installing the meters. It will cost $5.5M in order to install secondary water meters in the city. Right now, there isn’t a budget allocation for the installation of the meters.
Before secondary water meters were installed, residents had to use culinary water to irrigate their lawns. This culinary water was metered. When the water was metered the usage was 3 gallons per minute per acre in the city. Now that the secondary water isn’t metered our usage has gone up to 7.5 gallons per minute per acre. That number shows that if secondary water was metered, we’d see a more concerted effort for residents to conserve water.