Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week of news here on Summit in 6. Today, we’re back again covering all things related to property tax season! We’ll kick things off with some info on the Truth in Taxation process and remind listeners to look out for their Property Tax Notice! Then, we’ll give one more reminder about the Assessor’s new property valuation mapping tool. Finally, we’ll switch gears and wrap things up with updates on the Our Summit Community Visioning, the Weber Watershed Coalition and Resilience Fund, and the upcoming Jana Kramer concert in Coalville!
Our Summit Update
The Our Summit Team was in front of the Council this week to provide an update on how the first two phases of the visioning process have gone so far!
ICYMI: Our Summit is a year-long community visioning process the county began back in January of this year.
So far, the process has engaged 13% of the North Summit Area, 14% of the South Summit Area, and 11% of the Park City Area. Residents have answered questions like what do you love most about Summit County or what is missing or could use improvement in the county? They’ve also participated in activities that focused on how and where Summit County should grow over the next 20 years.
From here, the team will kick off phase three of the year-long process. Residents should be on the look out for opportunities over the next few months to take a third questionnaire about the priorities of different community areas in Summit County and respond to some draft vision statements that might guide future decisions and plans in Summit County.
We’ll be at the Summit County Fair this weekend. Stop by our booth, take the latest questionnaire, and get the opportunity to win some really cool prizes, including tickets to this weekend’s PRCA Rodeo and the upcoming Jana Kramer Concert!
Truth in Taxation
The Truth in Taxation process is underway for six taxing entities in Summit County.
Whenever a taxing entity proposes a property tax revenue increase it triggers a state-mandated “Truth in Taxation” process. The process is meant to encourage transparency and provide an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposal.
Park City School District, South Summit School District, Henefer Town, Oakley City, Weber Basin Water Conservancy, and Central Utah Water Conservancy are all proposing tax increases.
The two biggest proposed tax increases would be for the school districts. The average residential property in those districts would be paying about $250 more annually. For Oakley, the average resident would pay roughly $40 more annually; and for Henefer, the average household would pay about $10 more each year. The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District is keeping the tax rate the same, but with property value increases, the average household would pay $40 more annually; and residents in the Central Utah water district would pay an extra $4 annually.
South Summit School District and the town of Henefer have already held public hearings on their proposed increases. BUT if you want the opportunity to comment on any of the others, you can find the full schedule at summitcounty.org/auditor right there on the left-hand menu titled “2023 Truth in Taxation”.
Notice of Property Valuation
Summit County Residents should keep an eye out for their tax disclosure notice which was sent through the mail by the Auditor’s Office last week. There is a 45-day window of opportunity to review your property. As a taxpayer, you should be watching for market changes and whether your property is coded correctly, and receiving any exemptions that may be available to you.
Property Valuation Web Platform
If you have questions about your property valuation info, the Assessor’s Office worked hard to create an online interactive web platform that increases accessibility to valuation information by sharing public details about Summit County properties.
- Provides county taxpayers with a resource to examine the equity of the 2023 tax assessment.
- Allows users to visualize various aspects of the county assessment such as market values, taxable values, the area factor rate, quality, year built and square footage.
- Breaks down the price per square foot and also shows the percentage change from last year’s property valuation.
You can access the interactive platform at summitcounty.org/assessor.
The web platform also includes a “Contact Us” section at the bottom so folks can reach out to the appraiser assigned to the area their property is located in.
Board of Equalization
If you have questions on how to appeal your valuation and to apply for the Board of Equalization, you can visit summitcounty.org/boe.
Weber River Partnership
On Wednesday, August 9, Summit County Lands and Natural Resources Manager, Jess Kirby, Summit County Council-member, Malena Stevens, and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Forest Supervisor, Dave Whittekiend, went before the State legislature to discuss highlights of the successful Weber Watershed partnership and the ways the state can support and help expand the project.
Summit County is proactively, and with many partners, leveraging innovative financing to protect critical water sources for Summit County, downstream communities, and the Great Salt Lake. Stay tuned as we share more about this exciting cross-boundary partnership moving forward.
And last but certainly not least, Jana Kramer is coming to the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville on August 19th! With special guests Josh Kelly and Jagertown and tickets starting at just $10, this is a don’t miss exciting night of entertainment! To learn more about the event and to buy your tickets, please visit summitcounty.info/janakramer.