August 12, 2022 – Community Visioning Project, Property Taxes, Summit County Fair & Easton Corbin



In today’s episode we’ll talk about:

    • An upcoming Community Visioning Project
    • Frequently asked questions about property taxes 
    • Details of a jam-packed weekend at the Summit County Fair in Coalville 
    • The upcoming Easton Corbin Concert on Labor Day Weekend

Community Visioning Project 

At Council this week, the Communication and Public Engagement Department, the Planning Department and the Interim County Manager shared next steps in kicking off a Community Visioning Project that would inform and guide the next 20+ years of planning and strategic focus in Summit County. 

The goal of this project is to reveal the community’s priorities and vision for Summit County’s future. Council emphasized that gathering responses from groups and individuals who are traditionally underrepresented or who have not engaged in these planning and visioning processes in the past should be a top priority throughout the process. 

Over the past two months, County staff have worked to finalize the scope of this project. The next step is to begin the selection process for a consultant that will work with County staff to develop, implement, analyze, and present findings surrounding the public’s feelings and perceptions around topics such as growth, development, open space, sustainability, community values, and more.

The goal is to present findings by September of 2023. Stay tuned on more about this process in the coming months. 

Property Taxes

A hot topic among Summit County residents this month has been property taxes as many households saw large increases in the values of their homes. So, let’s take a couple minutes to go over how property taxes are determined.  

First, the Assessor appraises the market value of a property using a “mass appraisal” system, where each individual property has a “detailed review” every 5 years, but is appraised every year using sales of comparable properties in the area. 

The Auditor’s job is to calculate the tax rates for each taxing authority based on the Assessor‘s valuations using the certified tax rate formula set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 

You are not alone in asking “Why did the value of my home go up so much in one year?” so let us explain: The County saw 58% growth in single-family home sales prices in fiscal year 2021 and an additional 11% growth in fiscal year 2022.

You may also be asking…”Well, what do my property taxes pay for?” Property taxes go to around 15 different public taxing entities to pay for public services such as schools, fire protection, drinking water, roads maintenance, trash and recycling, and more. Some Summit County municipalities (cities) and special service districts (such as schools and water districts) also increased their tax rates to help fund the services they provide. Keep in mind: 56% of your dollars are allocated for school funding alone. 

OK so now you’re saying, “I disagree with my property tax value. What can I do?” First ask: Can I sell my home for the market value listed on my tax notice? You can find this out by contacting a realtor. If not, you can file an appeal through the Board of Equalization. You can file an appeal up to 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2022 through the Auditor’s Office. To download the appeals form visit: www.summitcounty.org/BOE.

Some taxpayers may be eligible for property tax relief or deferral. For information on these programs contact the County Treasurer’s office or visit: www.summitcounty.org/Treasurer. (Select Property Tax Relief in the left-hand column.)

That was a lot of info on property taxes. We have it all written out on summitcounty.org. You can peruse the web pages for the Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer to learn more. 

Summit County Fair   

The Summit County Fair is underway and runs through Saturday, August 13th! There’s plenty to do and see these next few days in Coalville at the Summit County Fairgrounds! 

Watch cowboys and bucking broncos at two nights of PRCA rodeo, experience rides and games at the carnival, grab a picture with fair royalty, check out home canned goods, flowers, vegetables and art created by Summit County residents.

This Saturday is jam-packed with fun including: a parade down Coalville’s Main St. at 10am. Round out the evening by attending the PRCA rodeo at 8pm. The rodeo is a paid, ticketed event so visit summitcountyfair.org and go to the events tab for ticketing details. 

Easton Corbin   

Lastly, Summit County is proud to present country music artist Easton Corbin in concert at the Summit County Fairgrounds on September 3rd at 8:30 PM!   

Opening artists Honkey Blue Tonkey, Triggers and Slips, and Jagertown will also join in on the fun! Tickets are on sale for $25 at summitcountyfair.org under the events tab! we hope to see you there!


August 5, 2022 – Property taxes, public safety, new Transportation Planning Director & upcoming events



In today’s episode we’ll talk about:

  • An upcoming presentation on property taxes 
  • Some public safety discussions that happened at this week’s Council meeting
  • The County’s new Transportation Planning Director  
  • Some very exciting Summit County events coming up later this summer!

Property Taxes 101  

First up, we want to talk about property taxes here in Summit County.  

At this week’s Council meeting and online, members of the public expressed their concern and curiosity about why their property values and taxes have increased, what exactly their property taxes pay for, and what role elected offices play when determining property values and tax rates.  

To address concerns and answer questions, an in-depth presentation on property taxes will be held at next week’s County Council meeting on Wednesday, August 10th from 5 – 6 PM at the Richins Building located at 1885 W. Ute Blvd in Park City.  

The Council and the public will hear directly from Michael Howard, Summit County Auditor, Stephanie Poll, Summit County Assessor, and Corrie Forsling, Summit County Treasurer.  

Public comment will be taken following the briefing. Input will be taken by both in-person and zoom attendees.   

For more information on the presentation, as well as on property taxes and appeal and deferral information, please visit: https://bit.ly/propertytax101

Public Safety 

Shifting gears, there were several discussions regarding public safety resources at this week’s County Council meeting. 

We first heard from the Park City Fire District on the possibility of them shifting towards  independence in providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within their district boundaries with no financial support from the County. 

This would leave the option open for the County or Eastern Summit County municipalities to contract with PCFD to provide EMS in North and South Summit. The Council directed staff to begin work exploring what that would look like on a budget level, as well as what an interlocal agreement would look like.  

Next, we heard from Bryce Boyer, Summit County Fire Warden, and Kathryn McMullin, Summit County Emergency Manager, on a county-funded, volunteer Wildland Fire Unit. Established back in May of this year, this team will serve as an extended attack resource if deployment is requested by incident command in the event of a wildfire.  

And, finally, all public safety agencies in the County involved in responding to wildfires, including: Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch, and Search and Rescue; Park City, North Summit, and South Summit Fire Districts; the Summit County Fire Warden and Emergency Management Department shared their responsibilities and timelines in the event a wildfire occurs.  

This briefing was requested by the County Council who heard concerns from the community about this year’s fire season and how well equipped the County is to respond to any incidents. It was clear from this presentation that Summit County is well prepared and has excellent coordination and communication between all response agencies. 

We wanted to extend a deep thank you to each of them for all they do every day and especially in times of emergency to keep our community safe!  

Fire Danger Level 

Speaking of wildfire! As of August 3, 2022, due to recent & upcoming monsoonal moisture, Summit County has reduced its fire danger level from the High to Moderate.

As always, we urge residents and visitors to continue to practice fire sense. Tips and tricks on doing so can be found at utahfiresense.org.  

To receive updates about current fire conditions and active fires in Summit County, text SCFIREINFO to 888777.  

New Transportation Director  

Summit County hired a new Transportation Planning Director, Carl Miller and he officially started this week!  

Carl joined the County after 15 years of experience with the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, which is a Metropolitan Planning Association in the Boise area.  

He will work closely with our Engineering Department and Caroline Rodriguez, Executive Director of the High Valley Transit District. The County is lucky and excited to have him! Welcome Carl!  

Summit County Fair  

Moving on to some very exciting news…the Summit County Fair is FINALLY here! This year’s fair will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, August 6th and run through August 13th!  

Come join us and experience this traditional, small-town fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival, fair royalty, home canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and so much more! Events are held throughout Summit County, but the home-base is in Coalville at the Summit County Fairgrounds!   

The signature Demolition Derby event is already sold out, but the 2022 PRCA Rodeo, happening Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13th still has tickets available. Save your spot NOW at bit.ly/summitrodeo22.   

Stay in touch about all things Summit County Fair throughout the week using our fair text line. Text SUMMITFAIR to 888777.   

Easton Corbin  

Lastly: Summit County is proud to present country music artist Easton Corbin in concert at the Summit County Fairgrounds on September 3rd at 8:30 PM!  

Opening artists Honkey Blue Tonkey, Triggers and Slips, and Jagertown will also join in on the fun!  

Tickets are on sale for $25 HERE. We hope to see you there!

 

 


July 29, 2022 – County Manager Selection Committee, sustainability fee adjustments & upcoming events



In today’s episode we’ll talk about:

  • The County Manager Selection Committee appointments
  • Fee adjustments happening in the Sustainability Department and Recorder’s Office. 
  • Developments in High Valley Transit’s facilities upgrade plans 
  • Summit County events coming up later this summer! 

County Manager Selection Committee 

Let’s kick it off with information about the County Manager Selection Committee. Nine members were appointed to the selection committee who will help the Council select the next County Manager. A special thank you to Betsy Wallace, Christina Miller, Claudia McMullin, Tony Tyler, Tom Smart, Mark Marsh, Margaret Plane, Jeff Young, and Tal Adair for their willingness to serve on this committee. 

From here, the committee will hire and coordinate with a search firm to conduct a nationwide recruitment and evaluation process, after which they will recommend three finalist candidates to the County Council. 

The Council will interview each of the three top candidates to determine the next County Manager. The recruiting process is expected to take a minimum of four months to complete.   

Electric Charger Fee Structure 

Moving on to electric charger fee structure changes! Emily Quinton, the County’s Sustainability Manager, and Zack Darby, Sustainability Analyst, went to Council this week to discuss implementing a fee for County electric vehicle charging stations. 

They proposed implementing a market rate fee for the three County-owned fast chargers, which have been free to use since 2016. All level II charging will remain free for users for now. 

The Council was in favor of this proposal and gave staff direction to move forward. 

Survey Fees + Fraud Guard 

Speaking of fees, Summit County Recorder, Rhonda Francis, presented an increase for the filing fee for surveys. The fee will now be $40. This increase not only puts the Recorder’s Office in line with other jurisdictions within Utah and comparable to the recording fee outlined in Utah Code, but it also will allow them to accept surveys and corner tie sheets electronically via email now! 

And, in other Recorder’s Office news, Fraud Guard is now available through their office. Fraud Guard is a simple way to help you prevent being the victim of property fraud. All you have to do is register your name and when a document is recorded with your name on it you will be notified via email. This gives you early warning of property fraud being committed in your name. Subscribe to Fraud Guard Alerts today by visiting summitcounty.org and navigating to Government Tab and then Recorder” is under the elected offices section.

High Valley Transit 

Moving on to High valley transit news, Kim Carson, High Valley Transit Board Chair, and Caroline Rodriguez, High Valley Transit Executive Director, were in front of the Council to execute a 3 million dollar Real Estate Purchase Agreement as well as an Infrastructure Agreement. 

Both agreements will move forward High Valley Transit District’s facilities upgrade plans. These plans include a bus storage barn, maintenance building, and an administrative office. The bus barn will be constructed first and is expected to be at least a year out from completion.

The County obligations for these plans, as outlined in the infrastructure agreement, include: 

  • An improved roadway system that traverses the subdivision
  • Extending and installing domestic water lines, sanitary sewer lines, and storm drain lines 

And

  • Installation of utility lines including telecom, gas and three-phase power lines 

High Valley Transit has committed to reimbursing the County 8.6% of the cost of these improvements which equates to approximately $1.7 million. 

Summit County Fair 

Moving on to some very exciting news…the Summit County Fair is returning NEXT Saturday, August 6 and will run through August 13. 

The signature Demolition Derby event is already sold out, but the 2022 PRCA Rodeo, happening Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13th still has tickets available. Save your spot NOW at summitcountyfair.org then go to the events tab.  

And, while we patiently wait for Saturday, August 6 to get here, stay in touch about all things Summit County Fair using our fair text line. Text SUMMITFAIR to 888777.  

Easton Corbin  

Lastly: Summit County is proud to present country music artist Easton Corbin in concert at the Summit County Fairgrounds on September 3rd at 8:30 PM!  

Opening artists Honkey Blue Tonkey, Triggers and Slips, and Jagertown will also join in on the fun!  

Tickets are on sale for $25 at summitcountyfair.org under the events tab! we hope to see you there!


July 22, 2022 – Wanship Fire, County Manager Selection Committee, Solid Waste Services Fee, & Summit County Fair / Concert



Today, we’ll cover:

  • The Wanship Fire that occurred earlier this week. 
  • Discuss the County Manager Selection Committee.
  • Remind listeners about their Solid Waste Services Fee due early August. 
  • And, talk about some very exciting Summit County events coming up later this summer!

Wanship Fire  

On the evening of Sunday, July 17, around 4 PM, a structure and grass fire ignited in Wanship closing both directions of Old Lincoln Highway between Wanship I-80 exits and entrances.  

Soon after, at roughly 6:30 PM, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the vicinity around 30042 Old Lincoln Highway and a temporary shelter was opened at the Wanship LDS Church.  

The fire was estimated to be about 40 acres.

Thanks to the response of North Summit, South Summit and Park City Fire Districts evacuations were lifted by 9 PM that same evening, and by the morning of Monday, July 18 the fire was 100% contained.  

A huge thanks again to the responding fire districts and all other agencies involved.  

County Manager Selection Committee  

As we reported last week, the Summit County Council is seeking nominations from interested citizens who would like to serve on the County Manager Selection Committee. 

The committee will be composed of five to nine members. To serve, individuals must be registered voters in Summit County and either nominate themselves or receive a nomination. Summit County Council will review the nominations and appoint members. 

If you or someone you know is interested in being involved with this process, please submit your name, or a nominee’s name, phone number and a short letter of interest addressed to David Warnock, at  Summit CountyP.O. Box 128, Coalville, UT, 84017, or to dwarnock@summitcounty.org on or before Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

To clarify, You DO have to be a registered Summit County voter to participate but you DO NOT need to be a registered Summit County voter to nominate someone else.

Once in place, the committee will hire and coordinate with a search firm to conduct a nationwide recruitment and evaluation process, after which they will recommend three finalist candidates to the County Council. 

The Council will interview each of the three top candidates to determine the next County Manager. The recruiting process is expected to take a minimum of four months to complete.   

Solid Waste Services Fee  

Up next, we just wanted to give a quick reminder that your annual solid waste services fee is due Thursday, August 4. Mailed invoices or paperless electronic invoices were sent last week, so be sure to check your mailboxes.  

For some context, your annual Solid Waste Services Fee is $60 for the year, which equates to only $5 per month. This cost is substantially below the actual cost to operate household waste and recycle collection.  

For more information about solid waste services and this fee, please visit the Solid Waste page under Public Works on summitcounty.org.

Or, if you have questions, please contact the Summit County Solid Waste Division at 435-336-3970.  

Summit County Fair  

Moving on to some very exciting news…the Summit County Fair is returning in just two weeks! This year’s fair will run from August 6 through August 13.  

Come join us and experience this traditional, small-town fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival, fair royalty, home canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and so much more! Events are held throughout Summit County, but the home-base is in Coalville at the Summit County Fairgrounds!  

The signature Demolition Derby event is already sold out, but the 2022 PRCA Rodeo, happening Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13th still has 50% of tickets available. Save your spot NOW at bit.ly/summitrodeo22

And, while we patiently wait for Saturday, August 6 to get here, stay in touch about all things Summit County Fair using our fair text line. Text SUMMITFAIR to 888777.  

Easton Corbin  

And, finally, Summit County is proud to present Easton Corbin in concert at the Summit County Fairgrounds on September 3rd at 8:30 PM!  

Opening artists Honkey Blue Tonkey, Triggers and Slips, and Jagertown will also join in on the fun!  

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 25th at 10 AM! Tickets are available at summitcountyfair.org under the events tab! Tickets start at $25 and we hope to see you there!


July 15, 2022 – Interim County Manager Appointed, County Manager Selection Committee & Truth in Taxation



Today, we’ll cover:

  • The appointment of an interim County Manager
  • Truth in Taxation process for four taxing entities in Summit County 
  • And, several events happening in Summit County this week that our listeners should have marked on their calendars! 

Janna Young named Interim County Manager  

The Summit County Council has appointed Janna Young as interim County Manager, effective July 30, 2022. She will step in for Tom Fisher who, as we reported last week, resigned from his position as County Manager to become the Town Manager in Frisco, Colorado.  

Young has worked for Summit County for six years. She began as the Director of Public Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs in 2017 and in March of 2018, she was promoted to Deputy County Manager and has held the role since.  

The County Council will begin a formal process of recruiting a new County Manager immediately.  

A Selection Committee, composed of five to nine members, will be enacted in the coming weeks. To serve on the selection committee, individuals must be registered voters in Summit County and either nominate themselves or receive a nomination. Summit County Council will review the nominations and appoint members.

If you or someone you know is interested in being involved with this process, please submit your name, or the nominee’s name, phone number, and a short letter of interest to David Warnock/Summit County, P.O. Box 128, Coalville, UT, 84017, or to dwarnock@summitcounty.org on or before July 26, 2022.

You DO have to be a registered Summit County voter to participate but you DO NOT need to be a registered Summit County voter to nominate someone else.

Once in place, the committee will hire and coordinate with a search firm to conduct a nationwide recruitment and evaluation process, after which they will recommend three finalist candidates to the County Council.

The Council will interview each of the three top candidates to determine the next County Manager. The recruiting process is expected to take a minimum of four months to complete.   

Truth in Taxation (Water Districts)  

The Central Utah and Weber Basin Water Conservancy Districts were in front of the Council for Truth in Taxation presentations. For context, Truth in Taxation is a process established by the Utah State Legislature where local governments and districts are required to hold a public hearing and inform taxpayers of proposed increases prior to Councils and/or Boards voting on them for formal adoption.  

Both water districts presented proposed Fiscal Year 2023 tax rates, both of which increased from the previous year.  

Central Utah Water proposed a 24% increase. Impacts of the increase for a $513,000 primary residence would equate to $22.01 a year or $1.83 a month for Summit County taxpayers serviced by Central Utah Water.  

Weber Basin proposed a 62% increase. Impacts of the increase for a $543,000 primary residence this would equate to $49.05 a year or $4.09 a month for Summit County taxpayers receiving services from Weber Basin.

Reasons for increases range from higher bond rates to the historical inflation rates we’re currently experiencing. Both districts shared their plans for use of the money which included several capital projects and replacements, as well as heightened conservation efforts.

In addition to the water districts, two other taxing entities in Summit County: Park City School District and Oakley City, will be going through Truth in Taxation public hearings this year to consider raising property taxes. Stay tuned for more information on those hearings in the coming weeks.

Long Range Transportation Plan  

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is conducting a public hearing on the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the years 2022-2050 next week on Thursday, July 21 @ 6 p.m.  

For info on how to tune in or join in person, and to view projects in the plan, visit: bit.ly/LRTPRecs 

To submit a written comment: Email bbrady@summitcounty.org prior to the meeting.  

2023 Calendar  

Calling everyone who loves Summit County scenery! We want to include your photos in our 2023 Summit County Calendar! Submit your photos to bit.ly/calendar23 for a chance to showcase your photography. 

The submission deadline is July 21 at 11:59 PM. 

There are only a few rules to enter. All images must: 

  • Be taken in Summit County 
  • Be YOUR original work 
  • Be high-resolution (NO smartphone photos!) 

Winners will receive 3 calendars and will be featured on Summit County’s social media channels! 

Nonprofit Funding Opportunity  

Attention Summit County Non-Profits! This message is for you! Summit County is currently seeking applications from non-profit entities for fiscal year 2023 grant funding. 

Applications must be submitted online at bit.ly/NPOgrant, The deadline to apply is a week from today on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5 PM.


July 8, 2022 – Silver Summit County Campus, OSAC Update, Emergency Operations Plan, & County Manager Resignation



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • County facility improvements and the new Silver Summit County Campus
  • An update on the OSAC Regional Advisory Groups
  • The County’s Emergency Operations Plan
  • The resignation of County Manager, Tom Fisher.

Silver Summit County Campus 

First up, we want to take a couple minutes to talk about and give context to some county facility improvements that made headway at this week’s County Council meeting.  

Back in 2017, the county commissioned a private firm to produce a capital facilities master plan. Based on that plan, the County identified several high priority facilities that are in need of improvements.  

The identified projects were improvements to the Public Works Complex, Justice Center, Sheldon Richins Building, and the creation of a new County Facility (currently known as the Silver Summit County Campus). The County Council then authorized a $19M Bond to pay for these improvements in 2021.  

Since the recommendation and original budget was developed, several things have happened… 

  1. The Kimball Junction Area Plan was completed which has resulted in staff determining the envisioned improvements to the Richins Building should be delayed until more study has gone into how this facility should be utilized. Council agrees with the delay. 
  2. A detailed programing exercise has been completed with the Departments who would utilize space in the new County facility which identified needs not contemplated in the initial study and which possibly underestimated some needs; and  
  3. There has been unprecedented inflation in the construction market.  

These factors caused some rethinking and further analysis of how this facility could/should be developed and funded. 

Presently, the Public Works Facility Improvements are under way and are within the budgeted amount, which leaves $12.2M available from the bond proceeds for the remaining high priority projects.  

However, due to the factors mentioned above, the budget originally proposed for the new County facility is roughly $15M short of what the updated cost-estimate is.  

As a result, The County Manager directed staff to review other possible funding sources to bridge the gap. Matt Leavitt, Summit County’s Financial Officer, worked to identify several sources that could be used on this type of project. His proposal includes using federal America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and Transient Room Tax funds, as well as monies from the County’s General Fund, Municipal Services Fund, and Assessing and Collecting Fund.  

Matt reported that due to unexpected growth in fund balances over the last few years, and the conservative spending by Departments, fund balances are above their maximums. He also shared that even after dedicating the one-time spending amounts recommended for the new County facility, the balances will remain above their minimums.  

The Council gave staff direction to move forward with the proposed $27 million budget for the new County facility, stating the project is worthy of the use of these resources as it will house critical County functions that will benefit the community for years to come, such as Sheriff’s Administration, County Prosecutors, Department of Motor Vehicle, a meeting and event space, and a shell for a future childcare facility, which is critically needed to recruit and maintain County workers.  

This budget also allows the County to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the County’s High Performance Building Standards ordinance.

The final form of the budget will be finalized through the County’s budget process which will conclude in December of this year. 

OSAC Update 

Up next, we have an exciting open space update! The Council approved County Manager, Tom Fisher’s, recommendations for appointments to the Open Space Advisory Committee’s (OSAC) regional advisory groups.  

As a reminder, the purpose of these groups is to involve the public in creating, prioritizing, adopting, and recommending Evaluation Standards to OSAC for open space acquisitions and conservation easements.  

There are three groups representing each of the North, South, and Western Summit County communities. In total, there were 21 vacancies to fill.  

You can find a complete list of those selected to serve on these regional committees at bit.ly/OSACregional.  

A big congratulations to all 21 selections. Thank you in advance for your service and commitment to stewarding Summit County open space!   

Emergency Operations Plan  

Moving on, Kathryn McMullin, Summit County’s Emergency Manager, reviewed the county’s Emergency Operation Plan with the Council this week. Council approved the updated plan.  

For some context, the purpose of this plan is to develop an efficient and comprehensive emergency management strategy. Basically, it’s a plan that helps the county mitigate disasters, improve response during an emergency, and establish an effective recovery plan.  

Kathryn shared key changes that have been made to the plan. The two most significant included:  

  • Moving the location of the EOC, or Emergency Operations Center, from the Health Department to the Coalville Courthouse. The EOC will have mobile capabilities.   
  • Reassigning the Medical Reserve Corps to the Health Department, and adding the Summit County Wildland Fire Unit to the plan as a volunteer organization.  

Moving forward, Kathryn plans to make the plan more succinct to only include actionable language and direction for when incidents occur. Ultimately, making the document even more efficient and effective in times of emergency.   

County Manager Resignation 

And, finally, County Manager, Tom Fisher, announced his resignation at Wednesday’s Council meeting.  

Tom expressed to the Council how much he has enjoyed working with the Council and the staff of Summit County. He will be moving on to another opportunity outside Utah. His last day with the county will be July 31, 2022.  

Council will start the process to fill the now vacant County Manager position immediately.  

We want to take a moment to thank Tom for his 7.5 years of service to the county. We’re nothing but grateful for his strong leadership and steadfast belief in this organization and support of employees. Thank you, Tom, for your service and friendship, and best wishes on your next endeavor.   


July 1, 2022 – Preliminary Primary Election Results, RAP Tax Grant Recipients, & New Solid Waste and Recycling Agreement



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Preliminary results of the 2022 Primary Election 
  • 2022 Certified Tax Rates
  • 2022 RAP Tax Grant Recipients
  • Solid Waste and Recycling Agreement with Republic Services
  • New Public Works Director
  • OSAC Update

Preliminary Election Results

The 2022 Primary Election happened this past Tuesday, June 28. We just wanted to take a quick moment to share the preliminary results as reported by the Summit County Clerk’s Office.

As a reminder, there was a Republican Primary for: 

  • A U.S. Senate Seat
  • U.S. House District 1
  • U.S. House District 3
  • State House District 4

So far, Mike Lee, Blake Moore, John Curtis, and Kera Birkeland are ahead in Summit County.

There was also a Nonpartisan Primary for:

  • South Summit School Board Seat No. 5
  • Park City School Board Seat No. 4

In these School Board Primaries two candidates advance to the General Election. So far in South Summit, Olivia Gunnerson and Troy Beckstead are ahead. In Park City, Meredith Reed and Mandy Pomeroy are ahead.

Official results will be posted after the Board of Canvassers meets and certifies the Election Results on July 12th at 4:00 PM at the Ledges Event Center.

If people have received letters asking them if they voted and questioning their signature, they should respond to those letters as soon as possible and no later than July 11th.

2022 Tax Rates

Moving on to this week’s County Council meeting, Summit County Auditor, Michael Howard, was in front of the Council to present the 2022 Certified Tax Rates.

For some background, a certified tax rate is set to guarantee the same amount of revenue each year for taxing entities. This year, Michael reported that the tax rate has decreased from  FY 2021. This rate includes the additional revenue required for bond payments.

So what does this really mean? Well Certified Tax Rates is really one way that the process of property taxes remains transparent and open to public access. Residents are often worried rates will go up if the value of their property increases, but that isn’t necessarily true. Over the entire property tax base in the County, property tax rates get lowered when home values increase, keeping the revenue the same each year. 

Keep an eye on your mail in mid-July (July 22 to be exact) because this is when disclosure notices will be sent to property owners!

RAP Tax

The Summit County RAP Cultural Advisory Committee was back in front of Council this week to present their amended 2022 grant recommendations to the Council.

For some context, the RAP (recreation, arts, & parks) tax is used to enhance or support the funding of publicly owned or operated recreational and zoological facilities, and botanical, cultural, and zoological organizations owned and operated by institutions or private nonprofit organizations. It is a (tenth of a cent) sales tax on certain goods. Citizens of Summit County first voted to approve this tax in 2000 and renewed the tax in 2010 and 2020.

This year, there were 23 applicants with a total request of a little over 1.9 million and there was a total available funds for the grant of just over 1.2 million. Council approved the recommendations. You can find a full list of recipients on the news section on the summitcounty.org homepage or click HERE

Republic Services

Derrick Radke and Tim Loveday were in front of the Council on Wednesday to present the new Solid Waste and Recycling agreement with Republic Services, which the Council approved.

Republic Services current solid waste and recycling contract with the county expires, today actually, on July 1st of 2022. After a request for proposals and a committee review of three competitive bids, staff recommend that the Council award Republic Services the contract for another five years, with option to renew for up to an additional 10 years.

During the work session on this new agreement last week, Tim shared that low cost played a significant role in the appeal of Republic’s proposal, as well as their previous 10 years of experience working in the County. In negotiations with Republic Services, he ensured that there would be additional resources devoted to recycling education and significant improvement of customer service in this new contract.

Specific changes from the prior contract include: a local customer service line separate from the national hotline, enhancing the existing recycling program with improved interaction with Recycle Utah to reduce the contamination rate we’re currently experiencing and a partnership between the County and Republic on the recycling transfer center, and, finally, a menu of opt-in services for things like food waste and glass through subcontractors like Spoil to Soil and Momentum Glass to be available to residents.

New Public Works Director

The Summit County Public Works Department selected John Angell as its next Public Works Director this week.  

John has been serving as the Deputy Public Works Director since 2020, although he’s worked for Summit County for 23 years. He will succeed Derrick Radke, who is retiring from the department this December. The transition will happen over the next months until Derrick’s retirement, the two will split the role and responsibilities until then.

A little background on John for our listeners. He has lived in Kamas his whole life and first started working for Summit County in 1999 for the Engineering Division of Public Works. At that time Derrick and John were the only Engineers on staff, so their roles were numerous. His main role was as a Project Engineer, designing and managing construction projects for Summit County. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors riding in any kind of off highway vehicles.

A big congratulations, John!

OSAC Update

And, finally, we wanted to flag that at next week’s County Council meeting, July 6th, the County Manager will present his appointments to the three volunteer regional advisory committees.

As a reminder, these committees were established as part of the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) created by the Council to help them establish an evaluation criteria and evaluate properties for use of the open space bond funds adopted by Summit County voters last November. 

If the appointments are approved by the Council, the advisory committees will be officially established and can get to work on helping the Council acquire properties for open space and conservation.


June 24, 2022 – Primary Election Info, “Summit County, UT” Mobile App, & Community Noxious Weeds Tour



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election.
  • Exciting news about the “Summit County, UT” Mobile App.
  • A Community Noxious Weeds Tour happening THIS weekend.

Election Info.

The 2022 Primary Election is happening THIS Tuesday, June 28. 

Ballots were mailed to Summit County voters earlier this month. Completed ballots can be returned one of two ways.  

The first is to place your ballot in a Drop Box by 8 PM on Election Day, June 28. There are 10 Drop Box locations throughout the County and their hours vary, check out an up-to-date list HERE

You can also return your ballot by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, June 27. All ballots have a preprinted return envelope, so voters don’t need to worry about a return address.  

If you plan to vote in-person on Election Day, you can do so at Coalville City Hall, the Marsac Building in Park City, and at the Kimball Junction and Kamas branches of the Summit County Library. All of these locations are open on Tuesday, June 28 from 7 AM to 8 PM. 

And, finally, if you need to vote early, don’t stress! Early voting is available NOW to voters at the Summit County Courthouse and the Kimball Junction branch of the Summit County Library from 8 AM to 5 PM on June 25 and June 27. 

“Summit County, UT” Mobile App 

The Summit County IT and Communications Department presented the new and improved Summit County, UT mobile app. 

The app makes it quick and easy to stay informed on all things Summit County. 

  • Was your recycling service delayed? You can sign up to receive county service disruption notifications on the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 
  • Do you want to get the latest open space news straight to your phone? You can do so by downloading the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 
  • Want to make sure you never miss public comment on a pending development proposal or other important issue? Get planning commission, County Council, and other agendas straight to your phone or email through the “Summit County, UT” mobile app! 

The possibilities are endless and users can customize their app to notify them only about what they are interested in.

The app also has key functionalities like Request Tracker so that community members can report potholes, pay taxes or fees, request a permit and so much more! 

The mobile app is FREE and available for download in the apple store and on google play. All you have to do is type Summit County, UT into the search bar. We encourage all our listeners to download the app today! 

Questions? Email info@summitcounty.org and the Communications and Public Engagement Team will be happy to help! 

Community Noxious Weed Tour 

Noxious weeds come in many varieties but are all a threat to our county’s natural beauty and native vegetation. 

Summit County’s Weed Control program is hosting a Community Noxious Weeds Tour THIS Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM to educate residents on the “most-wanted” weeds here in Summit County.  

At this event, residents will join Dave Bingham, Weed Superintendent, and Dan Pena, Weed Enforcement Officer, at three different locations (Richardson Flat, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park) to learn to identify and control noxious weeds on their own properties.  

The bus has filled up, but residents are still encouraged to come join in on the fun! Gloves are suggested, but not required. Coffee and pastries will be provided before the tour begins.

If you would like to join, please RSVP HERE.  


June 17, 2022 – Primary Election Info, Community Renewable Energy Agency, OSAC Update & Upcoming Community Events



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election
  • The Community Renewable Energy Agency
  • Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee Update
  • Long Range Transportation Plan Virtual Feedback Opportunity
  • Community Noxious Weed Tour
  • THRIVE Teen Wellness Program
  • Living with Wildfire Learning Series

ELECTION  

Alright! First up we want to take a moment to talk about some important information regarding the upcoming Primary Election, which is happening on Tuesday, June 28.  

Your ballots were mailed earlier this month. Completed ballots can be returned one of two ways. 

The first is to place your ballot in a Drop Box by 8 PM on Election Day, June 28. There are 10 Drop Box locations throughout the County and their hours vary, check out an up-to-date list at bit.ly/2022dropbox

You can also return your ballot by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, June 27. All ballots have a preprinted return envelope, so voters don’t need to worry about a return address.  

If you plan to vote in-person on Election Day, you can do so at Coalville City Hall, the Marsac Building in Park City, and at the Kimball Junction and Kamas branches of the Summit County Library. All of these locations are open on Tuesday, June 28 from 7 AM to 8 PM. 

And, finally, if you need to vote early, don’t stress! Early voting (which requires no excuse here in Utah) will take place at the Summit County Courthouse and the Kimball Junction branch of the Summit County Library on June 23, June 24, June 25 and June 27 from 8 AM to 5 PM.

COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY  

Moving on to some clean energy news, unincorporated Summit County and four municipalities (Coalville, Francis, Oakley, and Park City) in Summit County have joined a community renewable energy program that aims to launch a default net-100% renewable electricity option for Rocky Mountain Power customers in their communities. 

The program, formally called the Community Renewable Energy Agency (or the “Utah 100 Communities”) formed in response to HB 411, a 2019 bill called the Utah Community Renewable Energy Act, that created a pathway for interested communities served by Rocky Mountain Power to collaborate on creating this first-of-its kind renewable electricity program.  

Several steps remain on the path to creating the new renewable electricity program. The Agency hopes Rocky Mountain Power will file a Program application with the Utah Public Service Commission later this year. Should that application be approved, interested communities will each need to adopt ordinances to finalize their participation. The new renewable electricity program could launch as soon as 2023 or 2024. 

 OSAC UPDATE  

Up next, we have a quick update on the Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee.  

58 applicants were received for the 21 seats available across the three regional subcommittees.  

From here, the County Manager will sort through these applications and make final appointments to the Committees. These appointments will then need to be ratified by the Summit County Council.   

We can expect that the regional subcommittees will start meeting in July.   

LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION  

Did you miss the Engineering Open House event last month? No worries! Visit bit.ly/LRTPRecs to review projects in Summit County’s Long Range Transportation Plan which spans the next 30 years. This virtual feedback opportunity will be open until Monday, June 20.  

COMMUNITY NOXIOUS WEEDS TOUR 

Noxious weeds come in many varieties but are all a threat to our county’s natural beauty and native vegetation. 

Summit County’s Weed Control program is hosting a Community Noxious Weeds Tour on Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM to educate residents on the “most-wanted” weeds here in Summit County.  

At this event, residents will join Dave Bingham, Weed Superintendent, and Dan Pena, Weed Enforcement Officer, at three different locations (Richardson Flat, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park) to learn to identify and control noxious weeds on their own properties.  

Transportation will be provided for up to 14 people. Gloves are suggested, but not required. Coffee and pastries will be provided before the tour begins. 

If you would like to join, please RSVP here: bit.ly/weedsRSVP  

 FREE TEEN WELLNESS PROGRAM 

 Heads up, Summit County parents! This summer our friends at Live Like Sam are offering THRIVE, a FREE program that will help strengthen and empower your child this summer.  

 THRIVE is for 9th-12th graders in Summit County and works to build confidence, leadership skills, and resilience. The program will take place the week of July 3rd  through the week of Aug 7th. There are six weekly virtual sessions that are one hour long. 

Visit livelikesam.org/thrive for a more in-depth schedule and registration link.  

 LIVING WITH WILDFIRE  

Last but not least, we wanted to remind you about the Living with Wildfire series happening NOW through October. 

Here in Summit County we live with the threat of wildfire all year long and so it’s important to stay informed and prepared about what it means to “live with wildfire.”  

Earlier this month, a learning series called Living with Wildfire began. The series takes place all throughout the county and the events will teach you about planning for a fire evacuation, how fire affects our watershed, the impacts of the changing climate on our local landscape, and MORE!  

The series is FREE and OPEN to the public. The next event is July 12 at the Jim Santy Auditorium where you’ll learn from emergency management experts about how to plan for an evacuation.  

For a complete list of events throughout the year, visit: bit.ly/wildfireseries.


June 10, 2022 – Primary Election Info, Summer Fire Outlook, & Restaurant Tax Grant Recipients



This week we’ll talk about: 

  • Important information for the 2022 Primary Election
  • The fire outlook through August 2022 
  • Updates on the Pinebrook Townhomes Project
  • Restaurant Tax 2022 grant recipients

ELECTION INFO. 

Alright! First up we want to take a moment to talk about the upcoming Primary Election, which is happening in just two and a half weeks (on June 28)!  

Ballots were mailed out to Summit County voters earlier this week (on June 7) and should be arriving in mailboxes this weekend or early next week!  

As a reminder: There will be a Republican Primary for one of the U.S. Senate Seats, U.S. House Districts 1 and 3, and State House District 4. There will also be a Nonpartisan Primary for South Summit School Board Seat No. 5 and Park City School Board Seat No. 4.  

Check back next week for a rundown on deadlines for returning completed ballots in the mail or via drop box, as well as in-person voting locations and hours!  

In the meantime you can find a complete guide to the 2022 Primary Election at bit.ly/SCprimary22.  

FIRE OUTLOOK

Moving onto some fire-related news. Summit County’s Fire Warden, Bryce Boyer, and Emergency Manager, Kathryn McMullin, were in front of the Council this week to talk about the fire outlook through August 2022 for Summit County. Here’s what they shared…

We had a wetter spring, which has led to more fine fuels, like grasses for example, than we saw last year. The increase in fine fuels creates a much higher chance for a fire to start and travel.  

In addition, despite a wetter spring, temperatures are expected to move above normal, the rain is expected to drop off to below normal level, and winds are expected to be increasing in the coming summer months. This combination will quickly dry out and cure the fuels and may lead to a higher than normal fire danger and growth as we move into late June and July. 

Bryce also mentioned that he will be monitoring whether or not the monsoon season comes in dry or wet. Because there is normally a fair amount of lighting associated with monsoon season, if it comes in dry that would heighten the likelihood of a fire to start and increase the fire’s spread potential.  

Finally, you may notice reservoirs are full right now but as the temperature does continue to rise their levels will drop quickly. A reminder that we are still in a drought and the demand for water downstream, lowers the reservoirs in this higher area.  

With this fire outlook, elected officials are continuously watching fire conditions and monitoring where they are headed so they can best be prepared for what fire restrictions are appropriate to put in place and when it is appropriate to put them in place.  

You can sign up to receive alerts about when fire restrictions are put in place here in the County at summitcounty.org/notifyme. Scroll to Alert Center and select “fire restrictions” to receive email or text alerts. UTAHFIREINFO.gov is a good statewide resource.  

PINEBROOK TOWNHOMES PROJECT 

Up next, the Council also received a briefing from staff and the applicant on a rezone and conditional use permit proposal for a Pinebrook Townhomes project – a 22-unit affordable housing project on Pinebrook Road. 

This was not scheduled for a public hearing yet, so Council did not make any formal decision on the proposal.  The Council discussed their initial impressions of the project to give the applicant and staff direction as to next steps. Ultimately, some expressed a desire to finalize the Moderate Income Housing Plan due at the beginning of October (as required by House Bill 462) before making decisions on any affordable housing projects. 

The individual Council members did provide feedback to the applicant on what could make this project more applicable to the provisions for zoning changes in the general plan. The Council also noted the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission’s negative recommendation on the proposal. 

The developer does reserve the right to get on Council’s agenda to hold a public hearing in the future, but can also modify the project before it is brought back for feedback. Before the Council makes any decision on this rezone request, there will be a public hearing scheduled so stay tuned for more information on this project.

 RESTAURANT TAX GRANTS

And, finally, The Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee presented their 2022 grant recommendations to the Council at this week’s meeting. 

For some context, there were $4m in grant requests from 40 applicants, and just short of $3m was available to award. The committee came to their recommendations after a process that involved six meetings and interviews with each of the 40 applicants.  

Council approved the Committee’s recommendations. To view a full list of funding allocations, visit summitcounty.org and find the news spotlight right there on the homepage!