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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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Jonathan Williams Says Utah Won’t Be Number One for Economic Outlook Much Longer Unless Some Bold Changes Are Made

Jonathan Williams Says Utah Won’t Be Number One for Economic Outlook Much Longer Unless Some Bold Changes Are Made

The Utah Business Coalition hosted a breakfast for legislators on June interim day to hear from Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Vice President for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Mr. Williams shared his thoughts on tax reform efforts in Utah and across the nation.   Mr. Williams told the roughly […]

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My Corner: What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know about Utah’s Current Tax Reform Process

My Corner: What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know about Utah’s Current Tax Reform Process

The first wave of the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force town hall-style meetings have been held and there are more to come before the Task Force sits down to fulfill its purpose. Its stated purpose when these meetings began are to “Assure sustainable, adequate, and flexible funding to meet the needs of Utah citizens, […]

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