Rumor: Keven Stratton has illegally placed signs.
Fact: Keven legally owns the land to the curb at the golf course location. He has a legal right to place the signs on the park strips in front of the golf course. Our campaign has sought to place all of our signs with permission of the property owner and in legal locations.
Rumor: Keven Stratton had an unfair advantage becoming the District 58 Representative.
Fact: Keven was encouraged by those in the District to submit his name. Seven other members of the District also ran to be selected to fulfill the remainder of Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s term. In three rounds of voting by the delegates of that district, Keven led the vote count each time and was ultimately selected by the delegates to fulfill the vacancy.
Rumor: Keven Stratton’s Cascade Golf Course pays unfair water rates.
Fact: The Golf Course pays the market rate for agricultural water. The agricultural rate is lower because the water is untreated.
Rumor: Keven Stratton’s Cascade Golf Course pays an unfair lease rate.
Fact: Orem city bought the current golf course property years ago for the water rights. The land was fallow and the community undertook a study to determine whether or not to build a course. They determined that the private sector should be the ones to do any golf course development. Keven’s father and uncles were working on developing a golf course on different property. The city approached them and requested they consider this location to develop the course. The lease rates were worked out contractually in 1968. It involves less than 45% of the current course.
The citizens of Orem have not had to pay for the development of a golf course. They do not pay for the improvements or maintenance of the golf course. Taxpayers do not have to pay for ongoing operational costs and expenses, saving Orem citizens millions of dollars. The course is a model operation for public-private partnership. Green space is maintained. Watershed is protected. Sales tax revenue is generated. A tremendous asset is provided to the Orem citizens without the use of taxpayer funds.
Keven also makes the course available for charitable and fundraising events for the community that generate money for non-profit organizations and fosters goodwill.