Truth In Taxation
Residents are encouraged to learn about and/or comment on the proposed increase at an upcoming public meeting or public hearing.
Summit County Faces an Important Decision
Truth in Taxation is a public hearing process that allows residents to learn about and comment on the County’s proposal to increase property tax revenues. The County Council makes the final decision.
With the exception of new growth, a taxing authority may not receive more property tax revenues than what was received the prior year. The property tax calculation does not consider inflation or other increases in providing services.
The Utah Taxpayers Association recommends that taxing entities address inflation by going through this process every five to eight years. Summit County last went through the Truth in Taxation process in 2017. Other special service districts in the County, such as Service Area #6 have not gone through the process since 2013.
The Problem: County property tax revenue does not meet our community's essential and growing needs.
- Inflation has drastically reduced our purchasing power.
- Budget expenditures have grown to meet increased community needs, growth, and increased demand for services. This has created an imbalance in the General, Municipal, and Assessing & Collecting funds that support basic services like law enforcement, emergency medical services (ambulance), road maintenance, and snow removal.
A Potential Solution: increase tax revenues by $5.45 million to fund routine operations
- This increase will allow the County to address the impacts of inflation and maintain expected levels of service in the community.
- Municipal, General, and Assessing & Collecting funds support basic services and programs including law enforcement, emergency medical services (ambulance), road maintenance, snow plow services, and the library.
|Entity||Increase||Primary Residence Value||Annual taxpayer increase|
|Assessing & Collecting||37.52%||$1,352,000||$22.88|
|South Summit Fire||182.7%||$763,000||$216.96|
|Service Area #3||20.8%||$1,000,000||$79.20|
|Service Area #6||69.37%||$1,216,000||$91.39|
|North Summit Rec||70.5%||$785,000||$18.57|
General Rate tax comparisons across counties in Utah.
|San Juan County||0.002764|
- What types of services are paid for from the General and Municipal Funds?
- Will this impact primary and secondary property owners differently?
- When was the last time Summit County increased property tax revenues?
- Will residents get to vote on this increase?
- Why is a tax rate increase needed?
- How will the community benefit from increased revenues?
- How long will this increase sustain the County?
- What will happen if the Council decides not to increase revenues?
- Are there cost savings we haven’t realized yet? Have we tightened our belts enough?
- Why is the County looking to raise property tax revenues when open space purchases are being made?