What this story is missing are facts - the City of Orem is being mismanaged by
the City Manager and Council. They have a huge UTOPIA payment that they should
have been planning for all along. Sales tax revenues have actually been on the
increase according to their own website for the past three years. They give
generous sales tax rebates to a few select businesses in the city. Employee pay
scale is high, benefits generous, out of pocket expenses low. No tax increase in
30 years may not be responsible government (have there not been economic slumps
before?}.Asking for a 50.55% tax increase while giving employees a pay raise
then decreasing to 25% to placate the citizens shows a real lack of
understanding of what the average citizen is going through in Orem. We
didn't get to vote for UTOPIA. More than half of the city isn't wired.
Only 9% in the area that is even subscribe. This is our only way to vote. We
want out of UTOPIA and the city needs to learn to tighten it's belt until
UTOPIA is an albatross around the necks of every city that joined. Those who
contended that it was a legitimate government function, like roads or sewers,
have been proven wrong. It's boondogle that will cause trouble for decades.
How is a tax raise even possible in the conservative enclave of Orem? Sounds
like communism is creeping in.