In today’s episode we’ll talk about:
- Congressman Blake Moore’s visit to Summit County
- Property Tax Season: Board of Equalization, Primary Residence Exemption, Tax Abatement Programs
- The upcoming Easton Corbin Concert on Labor Day Weekend
Congressman Blake Moore Visit
On Tuesday, August 23, Summit County council members, staff, and representatives from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, welcomed Congressman Blake Moore for a tour of the Weber River Watershed to get an in-person look at the Watershed Resilience Project.
The purpose of this outing with Congressman Moore was to showcase Summit County’s collaboration and strong partnerships around watershed restoration, forest health, and to bring attention to the need to address wildfire mitigation within the headwaters of Western Summit County’s drinking water supply.
The Weber Watershed Project is a cross-boundary, landscape-scale fire mitigation and watershed restoration project located at the headwaters of the Weber River. This project is spearheaded by Summit County’s Public Lands office under the direction of Jessica Kirby and is being conducted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, local water districts, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Congressman Moore has secured $1 million for this project in the House Fiscal Year 2023 Interior and the Environmental Appropriations bill. The project is garnering attention statewide and at the federal level as the partnership works to build a fund for fuel reduction treatments to make the watershed more resilient to catastrophic wildfire, preserving this critical drinking water source for residents of Summit County and those downstream communities.
A big thank you to Congressman Moore for his time and dedication to supporting wildfire prevention efforts in our community!
Also during his visit, Congressman Blake Moore met with the team at High Valley Transit, including Executive Director, Caroline Rodriguez and Board Vice Chair, David Geffen, as well as members of Summit County Council and County Staff.
Together, the group toured the site where the brand new HVT Operations and Maintenance facility will soon be built. Then, they drove the S.R. 224 corridor to talk more about the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
Congressman Moore was a key player in helping to secure funding for the S.R. 224 BRT project, specifically the $25 million federal RAISE grant Summit County and High Valley Transit were awarded earlier this month.
Another thank you to Congressman Moore for his time and ongoing support of HVT’s mission to provide safe, friendly, efficient, and easily accessible public transit solutions for the Wasatch Back.
Property Tax Season
Shifting gears into a few tax season reminders. First off, the deadline to file for the Board of Equalization is September 15 at 5 PM, so if you disagree with your property tax value and you’re wondering what you can do about it, head on over to summitcounty.org/BOE to file an appeal with the Board of Equalization.
Up next, we want to remind our listeners to make sure your property’s type of residence is coded properly. The Primary Residence Exemption is an exemption for those people living in their property full time or that have rented their property to a single tenant year round.
If you do not see “primary residence” listed in the top left hand corner of your tax bill (which you should have received by early August), you can file an appeal to be considered for the Primary Residence Exemption and save some money on your property taxes this year.
A property that is granted a primary residence exemption is only taxed at 55% of the market value of the home and up to one acre of land. That’s a 45% discount…or in other words a lot of money saved!). Learn more, HERE.
Appeals are due on September 15 by 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions about this process or your eligibility you can visit summitcountyassessor.org for more info or call the Assessor’s office at 435-336-3220.
Lastly, we want to make sure taxpayers who may be eligible for property tax relief or deferral are aware of these programs and options. For more information, visit bit.ly/ptrelief.
Easton Corbin Concert
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!