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June 2014 Newsletter
Staying Connected with the Citizens of Orem
Mayor's Message

June is a beautiful time in the City of Orem. Everything is green, the weather is warm, and the flowers are blooming.

June is also the time that the City of Orem adopts its budget for the next following fiscal year. The city is 
required by law to pass a balanced budget.  Our revenues have gone up for the past couple of years and I believe
that we will adopt a good, well-balanced budget this year with little in the way of fee increases.

At the same time, Orem is to decide on June 26th whether or not to accept an offer from Macquarie Capital on a way to build out to every address in Orem, fiber owned by UTOPIA (an 11 city inter local government agency).

Presently as part of our budget, we will pay this year $2.9 million dollars of debt to UTOPIA along with approximately
$400,000.00 in operational expense losses.  Approximately, 10% of city uses UTOPIA now for connecting to the internet.

The Macquarie offer will require a $18 to $20 utility fee increase on every address in the city for 30 years that will
be adjusted each year upward for inflation. This fee will be collected by the city as part of the utility bill. It has not yet
been decided if there are any opt out exceptions, but if there are, then the city is still required to pay the fee for each address.

We in the city government have been studying the future needs for our infrastructure of water, sewer, and roads, as well as the needs of the police, fire, and city departments.

It is important for us as a city and as citizens to decide what is the highest and best use of any possible utility fee increases. What is our highest priority for the future needs of our city?

I would request that each citizen study these questions out and let us as elected officials know your thoughts and feelings.  This is an important time of year to decide the direction our city will take on these issues.

Thank you.
Mayor Richard Brunst

Orem Summerfest 2014Waste

One of the best ways to enjoy all that's good about Orem is to participate in Summerfest. 


On June 13 & 14, everyone's favorite summer tradition continues 

with fun events, contests, shows, booths, delicious food, the parade, fireworks, and more! 


Bring the entire family to Summerfest at the Cit

y Center Park because there is something for everyone and most of the activities and entertainment are FREE! 


For a complete listing of activities and events, click here.    

CARE Grants Awarded for 2014Waste

Background: In November 2005, Orem voters approved a 1/10th of 1% local sales and use tax for the purpose of enhancing recreation and cultural arts in the City.

Under state law, CARE funds can be used by non-profit and government organizations for programs, operations, or construction of cultural or recreational facilities. 


There are 3 types of CARE Grants:

1. Mini Grants - $4,999 or less

2. Major Grants - $5,000 or more

3. Facilities Grants - Various amounts available


Because the CARE Program is supported through sales tax, everyone who shops in Orem (including those who don't live in the City) helps provide exceptional cultural and recreational resources for Orem.


2014 - 2015 CARE Grant Recipients

On May 13th, the City Council approved CARE Grants for the coming budget year. Over $1.8 million was granted to various cultural and recreational organizations in our community. 




Summer Reading Programs at the Orem LibraryShakeout


It's time to register for the Children and Teen Summer Reading Programs at the Orem Library. Registration opens June 2 and closes June 30. The summer reading programs will kickoff with fun events for both children and teens. For dates and times, click here.  


This year's programs will include visits and workshops from talented educators, writers, illustrators, and performers. Generous local vendors are partnering with the library to provide gift certificates and other prizes to encourage young readers to read all summer.  


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Volunteers needed for Summerfest 
Please join us June 13-14 in making Summerfest 2014 a success.  
For more information and to volunteer, call/text Laura at 801-310-6283 or email To view volunteer opportunities, click here

Upcoming Events
June 7: Community Free SWAP, City Center Park, 8 a.m. to Noon
June 10: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.
June 13-14: Orem Summerfest 


June 17: City Council Meeting, City Center, 6 p.m.


June 20: Orem Owlz Opening Day, Brent Brown Ballpark, 
7:05 p.m.
June 24: Primary Election

 June 29: Freedom Festival Patriotic Service with Laura Bush, Marriott Center, Provo, 

7 p.m.

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Free Concerts in the Park

On June 16th, the Concerts in the Park series will start at the Stage at City Center Park. There are 7 Monday night and 1 Saturday night performances throughout the summer. All concerts are free. To see the complete schedule of upcoming performers, click here
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