Provo, Utah

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”’Provo”’ is the third-largest a city in [Utah], located about 43 miles south of Salt Lake City, along the Wasatch Front. The 2010 census reported the population at 112,488. Provo is the county seat of Utah County, and is the principle city in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area. The city is also home to Brigham Young University.[1]

Website evaluation

In 2011 Provo earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of Utah city websites

Information last reviewed: March 28, 2012

The good

  • Council meetings and agendas are published, including some meeting minutes. Additionally, recordings, study video and council video is available for some meetings.[2]
  • Elected Councilmembers and Mayor’s information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.[3]
  • Administrative officials are published, including election information.[4]
  • Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available, archived through 2006.[5]
  • Budget information is available, and archived through 2007.[6]
  • Permits and licensing information is available and includes vendor applications.[7]
  • Bids and proposals are published, including a helpful, intuitive chart.[8]
  • Contracts and purchase receipts are published.[9]

The bad

  • Meeting minutes are not available for 8/11 meetings scheduled so far in 2012.[10]
  • Public records information is unavailable.
  • Although the City Departments are easily accessible, searching the directors of such departments is difficult.[11]

Elected Officials: Council Members

Name Title Reelection Year Salary
John Curtis Mayor Not listed $135,310
Gary Winterton District 1 (Northwest) 2016 Unavailable
Rick Healey District 2 (Northeast) 2014 $33,235
Hal Miller District 3 (South) 2016 Unavailable
Kay Van Buren District 4 (West Central) 2016 Unavailable
Sterling Beck District 5 (Central) 2014 $31,963
Laura Cabanilla City-Wide District 1 2014 $5,628
Gary Garrett City-Wide District 2 2016 Unavailable

Administrative Officials & Salaries[12]

Name Title Salary
Merril Bingham Public Works Director $182,857
Kevin Garlick Energy Director $174,235
Unknown Police Chief $165,320
Robert West City Attorney $165,280
Gary Mcginn Community Development Director $153, 945
Douglas Camp Fire Chief $136,767
Alfred Glauser Redevelopment Director $121,946
Douglas Robins Parks & Rec Division Director $106,288
Paul Duerden Center for the Arts Manager $101,030
Matthew Taylor Executive Director of Council $100,477
Helen Anderson Communications Office $97,937
Janene Weiss City Recorder $89,077


The FY2012 adopted budget is $42,657,012, beginning with a fund balance of $4,202,322, in addition to revenues reaching $36,322,469. At the end of fiscal year 2012, the ending fund balance is expected to be $4,217,457. Forty-four percent of the budget is spent on operating expenditures, thirty-two percent on personnel, sixteen percent on capital projects and eight percent on debt.[13]


Provo, Utah received $22,535,574 in federal stimulus money through 26 grants.[14]

Lobbying & Advocacy

Provo contracts with The Utah League of Cities and Towns, a membership organization that provides training, coordination, conferences, and legislative advocacy on behalf of cities and towns generally, and for appointed and elected officials in Utah. In FY 2012, the City paid $49,187.40 in dues to the league, based on a statewide formula with factors such as population, assessed valuation and retail sales.[15]

Local taxes

In the budget, a public hearing is called to discuss a one-time FY 2012 increase in the City’s General Fund property tax rate, up to 16%, and for subsequent years to adjust according to the Consumer Price Index.

Total tax revenue is $21, 407,307, with sales and use taxes ($13,650,000) making up the largest percentage of tax revenue. Property taxes make up $3,866,353 of the total revenue.[16]

City In the News

  • In August 2011, the Utah County Attorney’s Office charges Municipal Councilman Steve Turley with 10 second-degree felonies, in addition for a request from his fellow elected officials to resign. The evidence gathered support seven counts of communications fraud, two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and one count of a pattern of unlawful activity. The investigation was prompted by numerous requests from citizens to conduct an investigation into his behavior.

Specifically, Turley is charged with engaging in a course of conduct to defraud others or obtain money, property, or other items by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises or material omissions, through which he received property with a value of more than $5,000, resulting from his work as a developer and landowner.[17]

The Sutherland Institute

The Sutherland Institute in Utah issued a transparency report that graded Utah cities according to a ten-point checklist.[18] The Institute spent 20 minutes on each website searching for checklist items to ensure that transparency items were both present and easily accessible. 111 cities were graded and averaged a score of roughly 5 points, which is the equivalent of a C- transparency grade.[19]

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