July 2020 | Vol. 6, Issue 7
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What's
Happening
in Oak Ridge !
Here's a look at what's you may have missed last month and what's ahead this month!

The annual City of Oak Ridge July 4th Fireworks Celebration at Alvin K. Bissell Park has been canceled due to several challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't forget, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited in the City of Oak Ridge without a permit.
GIGA Data Centers, LLC, a new breed of data center provider creating affordable, multi-tenant colocation facilities with unprecedented energy efficiency, announced this month the company is building its newest Data Center in Oak Ridge.

GIGA secured unanimous approval of its PILOT Program application from the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board the prior week, obtaining tax incentives for the next seven years.
Oak Ridge City Council approved the FY2021 budget Monday night.


It includes COVID-19 relief and nearly $700K from Governor Bill Lee's budget.

To view a copy of the budget, visit the City of Oak Ridge Finance Department's web page .
The City of Oak Ridge Utilities Business Office will transition to new software this month and that means utility bills will be changing.

Your utility bills will have a new look so Oak Ridge Utility customers should keep an eye out for a bill in an envelope in their mailbox rather than a postcard, which is how it previously arrived.
THANK YOU to  Promo J oe for the amazing donation to the  Oak Ridge Fire Department  and Oak Ridge Police Department!

"We just want this movement to continue in hopes that other businesses will do the same as us to help our local economy and give thanks to those that need it! We bought $250 per business in gift cards from  HoneyBaked Ham of Oak Ridge Salon 327  in Oak Ridge and  Sassy Pants Sweets & Treats  in Oak Ridge," Promo Joe co-founder Jessica Diveto said. "All of them had rough times and/or were forced to close their doors. We hope by giving these gift cards they can gain more customers and more publicity from this!"
REMINDERS
Respond to the 2020 Census online , by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail today.

Regardless of how you choose to respond, your information will be kept confidential and can only be used to produce statistics. Your responses cannot be used against you in any way.
Tax Day has been extended until July 15.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible . Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.