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Are Your Taxes Increasing? 57 Local Governments are Looking to Increase Your Property Taxes

Every June, cities and school districts, along with a few special service districts, prepare their budget for the new fiscal year and consider whether to increase property taxes. Under Utah’s Truth-in-Taxation law, they can accept the certified tax rate which guarantees the same property tax revenue as last year, plus property taxes generated from new […]

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‘Don’t Tax Me; Don’t Tax Thee; Tax the Fellow Behind the Tree’

‘Don’t Tax Me; Don’t Tax Thee; Tax the Fellow Behind the Tree’

The quote in the title comes from legendary U.S. Senator Russell Long (D-LA), who served for 15 years as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and had first-hand experience what members of Utah’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force are going through. Last week they concluded their town hall meeting tour of the state.  Your […]

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Not all Property Valuation Notices Are Created Equal – Notices Can Vary Wildly Between Counties

This time of the year property owners receive their annual “Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Changes” in the mail. Unfortunately, these notices can be unclear and difficult to understand, and in some cases even leave those with strong math skills scratching their heads. The notices differ depending on the county issuing them and sometimes […]

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Cannon’s Canon: FY2019 Numbers Are In – Sales Tax Grows Faster Than Inflation and Population Growth

The final “Utah State Tax Commission Monthly Revenue Summary” (also known as the TC-23 Report) for fiscal year 2019 was published in July, essentially closing the books on this fiscal year as far as revenue the State of Utah collects. For those that aren’t familiar with it, the report  details the amounts the State is […]

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Property Value Too High? Appeal the County’s Valuation

Utah’s 29 counties recently mailed property tax notices to every Utah property owner. These notices indicate the parcel’s market value, the taxable value, the property tax rate each taxing entity with jurisdiction over the parcel intends to levy, the anticipated total property tax due on the property, and any Truth–in–Taxation hearings being held in the […]

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School Districts Take $469 Million from Students Under Pressure from Cities and Counties That Are Looking to Spur Economic Development

In June’s meeting of the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee, legislators looked into the relationship between school districts, community reinvestment areas, and tax increment financing.  A year ago, a report from your Taxpayers Association revealed that school districts paid more than $90 million annually in tax increment financing to community reinvestment areas. Now, […]

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