Have Your Voice Heard by the City Council on Electronic Signs in Provo
An increase of electronic signs in Provo has prompted the
Municipal Council to consider the issue of regulation, with the Council
referring the issue to the Planning Commission for their recommendation.
proposal by Council Member Hal Miller has also been submitted for the Council’s
in addition to the Planning Commission’s recommendation (link)
as presented by Community Development.
The following survey has been drafted to determine which features
of the proposals should be considered. The Council would appreciate your effort
to complete the survey, and also welcome your comments and feedback.
The Utah State Legislature
kicked off the 2013 session earlier this week. The Provo City Council is
actively monitoring proposed legislation and is working with various
legislators during this year’s legislative session.Members of the Council met with several
legislators yesterday at a lunch sponsored by the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT).
The Council works together with the ULCT and the Mayor’s
office to advocate increased control over local government and other issues that may affect Provo.Several key issues the Council is watching this
year include a proposed bill affecting the iProvo utility fee, a change in towing
regulations, and Provo's long-established water rights.A summary
of these key issues and related bills is included below.
This bill makes changes to the procedure for a general
adjudication of water rights under Title 73, Water and Irrigation.
Realizing that the legislative process can take months and
even years, the Provo City Council is proactively reaching out to various
legislators to prepare for the 2014 legislative session.Among those issues the Council is preparing
·Road Funding – additional state gas tax allocation
·Ability to earmark property tax through Truth-in-Taxation
for specific city funds
·Special sales tax levy for areas like Downtown
You can find your legislator’s contact information and follow
what’s happening at the Legislature at www.le.utah.gov.
For a complete list of other bills ULCT is following you can
visit their tracking page by clicking here.
Provo Municipal City Council will shortly meet with citizen volunteers
to determine how to distribute funds from the Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the
fiscal year 2013-2014. It is projected that an estimated $70,000 will be
available for social services programs.
As part of this effort, the Council is open to public input
and comment through the Council blog, contacting Council members directly, or
leaving comments with staff. Council
members’ contact information can be found at the following link: Provo City Council Contact
Provo City Council would also like to express its sincere
appreciation for the past support of the Mayor and members of the council for
the social services programs located in the city.
Since deciding how to use funds from the CDBG is a difficult
process which contains many competing needs in our community and limited resources,
Provo City Council utilizes the assistance of the Social Services Funding
Committee, which considers the following questions when making recommendations
for funding allocation:
2)Carryover of unexpended funds
3)Duplication of services
4)Prioritized funds going directly to client serves, and
program delivery versus personnel costs
5)Participant contributions to agency or program costs
7)Plans to reduce dependency on CDBG funding
8)Reports following agency visits (Most agencies were
Additionally, three agencies requesting funds are influenced
by the following factors which will significantly impact funding
·Currently has a balance of $80,000 in unexpended
o Consequently, reduced funding.
·Currently has a balance of $26,000, $27,000 in
oConsequently, reduced funding.
3.Boy Scouts of America
·Accesses fund raising options that are not
available to other agencies and programs.
4. Agencies which contain duplication of
services which could affect funding:
·Affiliated Treatment Center
·Center for Women and Children
·Family support and Treatment
More information about CDBG may be found on the Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) website here.