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:

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  

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   

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!