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September 30, 2022 – Community Planning Lab, Truth in Taxation, & Summit County Historical Archive



In today’s episode we:

  • Cover a few topics that were addressed at this week’s County Council meeting including an exciting opportunity for residents to participate in a Community Planning Lab and some Truth in Taxation information. 
  • Then, we’ll talk about how YOU, our Summit in Six listeners, can help build the Summit County Historical Archive! 

Community Planning Lab 

First up, the Summit County Community Development Department was in front of the Council to share an exciting new endeavor they’re embarking on. 

It’s called the Community Planning Lab and it’s designed for Summit County residents, community leaders, business owners, and other community stakeholders who want to be more engaged in and better understand the processes that drive local planning and land use policy decisions.

So how does it work? 

Well, it will take place over a 10-week period of time from mid-January to April of 2023. It will have a hybrid format so folks will participate both in person and online, and types of activities will include presentations from experts in the planning and land use policy fields, field trips, and project work. 

I’m curious what kind of topics will be covered in the lab? 

Sample topics for the lab include learning the types of plans and zoning ordinances, how to effectively engage with community councils, the what, where, and how of affordable housing, talking about smart growth, and so much more. Hopefully, participants will come away with an understanding of how planning helps shape our cities and towns and how engagement and participation in local affairs develop community.

Ok, last question! Does it cost anything? 

No. The Planning Lab is free and available to all interested community members and stakeholders in Summit County. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please visit summitcounty.org/planninglab to learn more and sign up to receive information on how you can get involved! 

Truth in Taxation

Two taxing entities here in Summit County, Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and North Summit Fire District, were in front of the Council last night to talk about their Truth in Taxation processes. 

Before we continue, what exactly is Truth in Taxation, Bailey? 

Good question! When any taxing entity in the County intends to increase the revenue they receive from property taxes, it triggers a state-mandated process called “Truth in Taxation”. Basically, Truth in Taxation encourages transparency and provides an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed increase. Ultimately, the County Council makes the final decision.

So, because both entities, North Summit Fire and Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, intend to increase property taxes, we think it’s important that our listeners and all residents of Summit County understand what will happen in the coming months regarding these proposed tax rate increases and when exactly they can give input and feedback. 

Please visit the summitcounty.org homepage and find the “What’s Next: Truth in Taxation” spotlight for exact dates and details on what happens next for North Summit Fire District and Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District’s Truth in Taxation process. 

Summit County Historical Archive

And, finally, we want to highlight our most recent submission to the Summit County Historical Archives! 

Yes, we are so excited to have received a submission from Summit County resident Jackie Smith Ball. She sent us photos of the old Wanship Cash Store which was run by her parents Jack and Florence Smith from 1950 – 1985. According to Jackie, her parents kept the store open 365 days a year. “Still today people talk about how much they loved the little store that I grew up in,” she recalls, adding that they would give free groceries to travelers and locals in need.

Summit in Six listeners, help us build our archive! Share your photos and stories of your Summit County Life over the years. Please email history@summitcounty.org to submit with the subject line “Summit County Life.


September 23, 2022– High Valley Transit Facility Update, Moderate Income Housing News, National Preparedness Month, Voter Registration, & Public Engagement Opportunity



In today’s episode we:

  • Cover a few topics that were addressed at the Council’s special meeting on Monday, September 19 including an update from High Valley Transit and some more moderate income housing news. 
  • Then, we talk about National Preparedness Month, the 2022 General Election, and an upcoming community engagement opportunity our listeners won’t want to miss. 

High Valley Transit 

Up first, we have a quick update on High Valley Transit. Due to delayed construction and after several attempts at finding a different temporary home, it was decided at this week’s Council meeting that HVT will continue to use the Ecker Park and Ride Lot for a little bit longer! 

Their home at Ecker is currently used for staging, operations and maintenance of transit vehicles and facilities. They’ll remain at Ecker until their new Maintenance and Operations Campus on the Gilmor Parcel is completed mid-next year. 

Moderate Income Housing 

Okay, moving onto some more moderate income housing news. Last week, we reminded listeners that House Bill 462 was passed earlier this year and it imposed new requirements on cities and counties to encourage the development of moderate-income housing. 

In response, both the Snyderville Basin and Eastern Summit County Planning Commissions have been working to develop new Moderate Income Housing Plans and forward them to the Council for approval. 

Last week, after a public hearing and review of the Basin’s proposed plan, the Council postponed approving it. 

On Monday of this week, another public hearing was held regarding amendments to Eastern Summit County’s Moderate Income Housing plan.

After discussions related to annexation districts, the inclusion of language for vulnerable populations, and continued talks regarding the HTRZ component of the Basin’s plan, both plans were approved. 

From here the plans will be sent to the State for review. If and when they’re approved at the state-level, Summit County will be eligible to receive TIF funds which help to finance many other projects throughout the county. 

National Preparedness Month 

I can’t believe September is already almost over! With all that’s been happening this month we forgot to mention something pretty important…

September is National Preparedness Month which means it’s dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

As we know here in Summit County, disasters and emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time. And, preparing for them shouldn’t wait either.

We encourage all of our listeners to start preparing TODAY by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alert System at summitcountyalerts.org

This system helps Summit County provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as emergencies, unexpected road closures, missing persons, special event impacts and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. Again, sign up today at summitcountyalerts.org

Voter Registration 

Wednesday was National Voter Registration Day and with the 2022 General Election just a few months away, we wanted to take a moment to remind folks to check in on their voter registration status! 

Did you know 1 in 4 people are not registered to vote or aren’t sure if they’re registered? Have you moved recently? Changed your name? Did you just turn 18? 

Take 30 seconds TODAY to register to vote, check your registration status, or update your voter registration. You can do so at vote.utah.gov to make sure you’re VOTE READY today! 

For the 2022 General Election, the deadline to register and receive a vote by mail ballot is October 28, 2022. For more information on voter registration and elections here in Summit County visit: bit.ly/votesummitut

Community Engagement 

Finally, throughout the rest of September and early October, Summit County, Mountain Mediation Center, and Park City Municipal invite you to participate in one of their open houses on The Utah Olympic Bid. 

Share your hopes, and concerns about how a Winter Olympics would affect our communities. You can view specific dates and locations at summitcounty.org/engage


September 16, 2022– Dakota Pacific Update, Moderate Income Housing, & Numerous Public Engagement Opportunities



In today’s episode we:

  • Cover a few topics that were addressed at the County Council meeting on Wednesday including a quick Dakota Pacific Development Agreement update and some Moderate Income Housing news.
  • Share information about several community engagement opportunities that are happening within the County in the coming weeks that you won’t want to miss. 

Dakota Pacific Update 

Community Development Director, Pat Putt, was in front of the Council this week to give a status update on the Dakota Pacific Development Agreement proposal.

For some context, since it’s been a while since we’ve talked about it, last year Dakota Pacific presented an original development proposal for the Summit Research Park/Park City Tech Center located in Kimball Junction to the community. 

They received significant feedback at a December public hearing that led them back to the drawing board to

  1. Come up with a Plan B proposal, and
  2. Update their traffic impact study. It was agreed that the impact study must be peer reviewed before moving forward. 

To be clear, the Community Development Department and the Council have not received a formal amended, or plan B, proposal from Dakota Pacific at this time, although staff are expecting it to be submitted to them any day now.

So what was Pat in front of the Council to talk about if there is no updated proposal yet? 

Good question! He was really there to discuss specifically that peer review process we mentioned a little earlier when discussing the traffic impact study. He wanted to make certain the scope of the work is in alignment with the Council’s needs and expectations before moving forward with the bidding process to hire an independent, third-party firm. 

From here, outreach to potential peer review candidates will start. Stay tuned for more updates on this process, as well as on the amended development agreement in the coming weeks. 

Moderate Income Housing

Shifting gears to some affordable housing news…

Earlier this year, House Bill 462 was passed and imposed new requirements on cities and counties to encourage the development of moderate-income housing. 

In response, both the Snyderville Basin and Eastern Summit County Planning Commissions have been working to develop new Moderate Income Housing Plans. 

This week, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission forwarded a proposed plan to the Summit County Council to review and potentially approve the plan. The Council had a lengthy discussion about the Housing and Transit Reinvestment Zone or HTRZ component, as well as expressed concerns about workforce housing and issues related to funding and maintaining a certain level of service within the county, but no action was taken on the Basin’s plan.

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on their recommendation to the Council next week on Monday, September 19. Eastern Summit County residents are encouraged to attend the hearing (which will take place at the Ledges Event Center starting at 4 PM) to give their input on moderate income housing in their communities. More information can be found in the Agenda Center on the summitcounty.org homepage

Community Engagement Opportunities 

We’ll start to wrap things up here with some upcoming engagement opportunities for our listeners! 

First up, North Summit Fire District hosted two open houses to engage with their community about the Fire District’s financial situation and work together to determine a path forward to make sure the public and North Summit firefighters are safe and protected. 

Any North Summit Fire District residents or firefighters who may have missed the open houses, don’t worry! You can view the informational material presented and give feedback online at bit.ly/solutionsforsafety.  

Up next, we encourage our listeners to come on out to the next event in the “Living With Wildfire” series on September 20 which is co-hosted by Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and Summit County!

Climate change is affecting every part of the country. In the western U.S. we’re seeing larger, hotter, and more frequent wildfires. These fires not only affect wildlife and air quality, but watersheds, water quality, and can forever change a landscape. How do ecosystems respond, and how can we help make these systems and our natural resources more resilient?

You’ll hear from panelists Brad Washa, Jess Kirby, and Dr. Paul Rogers as they discuss their work in this field and what impacts we’re seeing both locally and state-wide. There will also be a live Q&A at the end of the discussion.

The event will run from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter located at 1258 Center Drive in Park City. Other upcoming events in the series can be found at summitcounty.org/engage

Finally, throughout the rest of September and early October, Summit County, Mountain Mediation Center, and Park City Municipal invite you to participate in one of their open houses on The Utah Olympic Bid.

Share your hopes, and concerns about how a Winter Olympics would affect our communities. You can view specific dates and locations, as well as RSVP at summitcounty.org/engage


September 9, 2022– Wasatch Back Transportation Tour, Numerous Public Engagement Opportunities



In today’s episode we:

  • Cover the Wasatch Back Transportation Tour which took place this week with members of the Utah Senate, Summit County and Wasatch County staff and councilmembers, and key transportation and tourism partners in the area

  • Then we’ll share info about numerous opportunities to get involved and have your voice heard on the topics of: mental health, fire services, the prospect of an Olympic bid for Utah and more!

    Let’s get into the news…

Smoke Advisory

The heat wave is finally over but several wildfires in nearby states may make it less enjoyable to take advantage of the cooler temperatures outside this weekend. Over the next several days, heavy drift smoke is expected in Summit County. At the time of this recording, there are no active fires in Summit County. As a friendly reminder from our Fire Warden and Public Safety Dispatch, only report a fire to dispatch if you see a defined smoke column or flames.

You can text SCFIREINFO to 888777 to receive the latest updates on Summit County fire outlook, information, and more.

Wasatch Back Transportation and Transit Tour

On September 6, Summit County Council and High Valley Transit welcomed members of senate leadership from the state legislature on a Wasatch Back transportation and transit tour. Members included Senate President Stuart Adams, Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, Senate Executive Appropriations Chair Jerry Stevenson and Senator Ron Winterton, District 26. The goal of this event was to build stronger relationships with decision-makers at the state level and share with them the wonderful regional collaboration and coordination we are facilitating across the Wasatch Back to improve mobility and reduce congestion. The Park City Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, Wasatch County, and the Military Installation Development Authority MIDA co-hosted the tour with Summit County.

The event kicked off at the Ecker Hill Transit Center, before visiting the new site of High Valley Transit’s future operations and maintenance facility near Silver Summit. The group concluded their tour by visiting the MIDA Resort development project at Mayflower in Wasatch County, then gathering at the Pendry Hotel in Canyons Village. 

North Summit Fire Open Houses

Shifting gears to the topic of fire safety in our communities: North Summit Fire District is holding two public open houses next week to take a clear look at the fire district’s financial situation and determine a path forward to make sure the public and our firefighters are safe and protected. Residents of the North Summit Fire District are invited to listen to a presentation discussing current coverage inadequacies and solutions for critical upgrades to North Summit Fire District service levels. Questions and comments from the public will be taken at the end of the presentation.

The events are Monday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ledges Event Center at 202 Park Road, Coalville, UT 84107. There will be a Zoom option available ONLY for the Wednesday, September 14th meeting. You can also find a link to the Zoom meeting at summitcounty.org/engage to tune in and participate.

Mental Health Town Hall

Shifting gears to community input sessions related to health…Now’s your chance to help guide the next 5 years of mental health improvements in our community by attending one of two Town Halls next week.

The first town hall will be held on September 13 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sheldon Richins Building in Kimball Junction and the second town hall will be held on September 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Park City Library.

It’s crucial that we help our community and loved ones address their needs and create those services that will help our community the most. For more details on these events, visit: summitcountyhealth.org/townhall

Olympic Meetings
It’s a busy month for public engagement opportunities in Summit County. Throughout September and into October, Mountain Mediation Center, in partnership with Park City Municipal and Summit County, Utah invites the public to join their next “Community Conversation Series – The Utah Olympic Bid: A Summit County Listening Project.” Participants will have the opportunity to share their hopes and concerns about how a Winter Olympics in Summit County would affect our communities. These facilitated small group conversations will allow everyone’s voice to be heard.

There are multiple dates and locations of each conversation All in-person conversations will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., while the virtual Zoom Conversation will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The conversations will be bilingual (in both English and Spanish), and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to RSVP to reserve your spot. Check out all dates and times and RSVP by visiting summitcounty.org/engage. Dates and times will also be listed in the show notes.

The dates and locations of each conversation are as follows:

September 13 – Kamas Library

September 20 – Virtual Conversation via Zoom

September 22 – Kimball Junction Library

September 28 – Christian Center of Park City

September 29 – Ledges Events Center in Coalville

October 6 – Park City Library

Living With Wildfire Series

Wildfires are increasing in frequency and intensity across the west. You can learn how landscapes, biodiversity, and our watersheds are responding by attending the next event in Summit County’s Living with Wildfire Series on September 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Swaner Preserve and Eco Center in Kimball Junction. Hear from panelists including Summit County Public Lands Manager Jess Kirby, recently retired State Fuels Specialist for Utah’s Bureau of Land Management Brad Washa, and ecologist Dr. Paul Rogers as they discuss their work in this field and what impacts we’re seeing both locally and state-wide. There will also be a live Q&A at the end of the discussion! There are options for either in-person or virtual tickets to this event. Details and registration can be found at: swanerecocenter.org/calendar

Adopt-A-Thon

We have a few other Summit County events, activities, and volunteers to inform you about: On Saturday, Sept. 17 Summit County Animal Control is co-hosting an Adopt-A-Thon with Nuzzles and Co. at the Summit County Animal Shelter at 1745 S. Hoytsville Road in Wanship! The event runs from 11 am to 3 pm. Come one come all to find a new furry friend!

Watershed Restoration Volunteer Opportunities

Lastly: September 24th is National Public Lands Day and you can celebrate by participating in a Stream Restoration Volunteer Day with one of Summit County’s partners: Sageland Collaborative.

They will be hosting restoration opportunities all month long—but we are encouraging you to join Summit County’s  Public Lands Manager Jess Kirby on September 23 or 24 to clean up East Canyon Creek which is a Summit County property!

To participate or see what other restoration opportunities are out there, you need to register at sagelandcollaborative.org.


September 2, 2022 – Noxious Weed Mitigation, Waterwise Landscaping Regulations, Long Range Transportation Plan Updates, Stream Restoration Volunteer Opportunity, & Easton Corbin



In today’s episode we’ll talk about:

  • County weed mitigation efforts
  • Updates on the Long Range Transportation Plan
  • Newly adopted Waterwise Landscaping Regulations in the Snyderville Basin area
  • Volunteer opportunities for stream restoration within the county 
  • The upcoming Easton Corbin Concert THIS Labor Day Weekend

Weed Mitigation

Dave Bingham, Summit County Weeds Superintendent, and Sara Jo Dickens of the Summit Cooperative Weed Management Area or “CWMA” updated Council this week on their busy season of weed mitigation efforts.

During his briefing Dave shared…

  • That he has loaned out more equipment to residents this year than ever before. 
  • People are coming in to ask questions about noxious weeds and taking positive action to help stop their spread.
  • And, that the public engagement opportunities available through the division, including the Weeds Tour in July and projects with students in South and North Summit School Districts, were well attended this year. 

The biggest takeaway from Dave and Sara Jo’s presentation is that you-—the public— are interested in education on noxious weeds in the area and in mobilizing to help with noxious weed mitigation efforts throughout the County! Woohoo!

If you ever have questions about noxious weeds on your property, you can reach Summit County’s Weeds Division, HERE

You can also see updates and info that the Summit CWMA publishes about noxious weeds in our area, and details about the Garlic Mustard Games at summitcwma.org.

A last reminder you can still rent this equipment this season, Monday – Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM at 1775 S Hoytsville Road in Coalville. The following spray equipment is available for rental:

  • Back Pack Sprayer
  • Four Wheeler Sprayer
  • Slide-In Truck Sprayer
  • Tractor Sprayer

Please contact David Bingham at 435-640-5496 for additional information.

Waterwise Landscaping Regulations for the Snyderville Basin

Moving on to some landscaping news…Council approved new Waterwise Landscaping Regulations for the Snyderville Basin on Wednesday. This draft ordinance has come before the Council four other times before and after extensive revisions and public input, the Council adopted the new regulations this week in consideration of Utah’s ongoing drought and the Council’s commitment to sustainability. 

These regulations will impact ALL NEW DEVELOPMENT: commercial, single-family, multifamily homes, parks, golf courses– everything.

The purpose of these new regulations is to:

  • Begin addressing the need to reduce outside watering.
  • Encourage preservation of the natural landscape and the use of native drought-resistant plants and vegetation in landscaping choices
  • Promote use of water-efficient irrigation systems
  • Ensure a substantial reduction In the amount of turf/irrigated lawn area that is being installed. The amount of lawn permitted will be determined by a certain percentage of the lot’s square footage.

Once again–Don’t worry, this is not to make anyone retroactively make people tear out their lawns. This is on NEW development. But there may be some incentivization programs coming in the future. Stay tuned and keep being water wise, Summit County!

Long Range Transportation Plan 

Summit County Engineer Brandon Brady presented at Council this week, going over a final rendition of the Long Range Transportation plan which maps out 30 years of projects for roadways and trails in Summit County. The project is broken into three phases.

The department gathered input this Spring and Summer at multiple well-attended public hearings, open house events, and also took feedback from the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission and the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission to develop this final iteration of the plan.

You can see an updated list of projects and project details online at bit.ly/summitlrtp, but here are some big changes that were made before the plan was ultimately approved by Council last night:

  • First, they removed the Democrat Alley project from the plan altogether…This was going to be a project to pave the remaining 1.5 mile section of unimproved road to rob young lane as another entryway into the Kamas Valley.
  • They also removed the McCleod Creek Trail project after the Engineering Department listened to and adhered to negative feedback and concerns about this project from the community.

Once again you can see a full updated list of projects online at bit.ly/summitlrtp.

Volunteer Opportunities

Shifting gears to an opportunity for residents to give back to their community—September 24th is National Public Lands Day and you can celebrate by participating in a Stream Restoration Volunteer Day with one of Summit County’s partners: Sageland Collaborative.

They will be hosting restoration opportunities all month long—but we are encouraging you to join Summit County’s Public Lands Manager Jess Kirby on September 23 or 24 to clean up East Canyon Creek which is a Summit County property!

To participate or see what other restoration opportunities are out there, you need to register at sagelandcollaborative.org.

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!


August 26, 2022 – Congressman Blake Moore Visit, Property Tax Reminders, & Easton Corbin



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!


August 19, 2022 – Board of Equalization and other property tax info, federal RAISE grant, 2022 Wild & Woolie Sheepdog Trials, & Easton Corbin



In today’s episode we’ll talk about:

  • Property Taxes: Board of Equalization, Tax Abatement Programs, Primary Residence Exception 
  • Summit County and High Valley Transit RAISE Grant 
  • The 2022 Wild & Woolie Sheepdog Trials
  • The upcoming Easton Corbin Concert on Labor Day Weekend

Property Tax Information  

Attention Summit County property owners! Tax disclosure notices were sent out on August 1. There is a 45-day window of opportunity to review your property. 

As the taxpayer, you should be watching for market changes and whether your property is coded correctly, and receiving any exemptions that may be available. 

To appeal the market value of your property, you have to go through the Board of Equalization (BOE). The BOE process ends IN ONE MONTH on September 15th at 5 PM. Appeals will be accepted regarding the market value of your property ONLY. Appeals will NOT be accepted regarding tax rate or dollar amount.

You apply for the BOE through the Auditor’s Office. Visit bit.ly/boequalization to:

  • Make appeals online
  • For more information on the BOE process

Some Summit County taxpayers may be eligible for property tax relief or deferral. For information on the County’s tax abatement programs, visit: bit.ly/ptrelief 

And, finally, 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.

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. Learn more HERE

High Valley Transit Funding 

Up next, we have some  very exciting transit news, Summit County and its partner, High Valley Transit, secured a $25 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to continue work on the S.R. 224 Electric Bus and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

The grant will help add dedicated lanes in each direction on much of S.R. 224 exclusively for use by transit vehicles, school buses, and emergency vehicles, as well as procure five battery-powered buses and supporting electric charging infrastructure. It will additionally create two new transit stations, provide improvements on three other existing stations, and allow for operational improvements at intersections along the S.R. 224 corridor.

Once finished, the electric BRT system will create an affordable, accessible, low-emissions transportation choice for those who need it most, while increasing access to goods, services, employment, and recreation. 

This grant, combined with the $30.3 million Summit County received from the State Transportation Commission means the BRT project is fully funded! In terms of what’s next, Summit County will finalize the project environmental review in September of this year and enter a final design for the project in early 2023. 

Wild & Woolie 

Visit the Summit County Fairgrounds August 19-21 to experience the 2022 Wild & Woolie Sheepdog Trials. The event is FREE to attend and food vendors will be on site.

Sheepdog trials are competitions for breeds of herding dogs. Watch these animal athletes complete a series of tasks that reflect their everyday work with a flock of sheep. Events will be happening from 7 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out!

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!


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!