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Summit County needs to increase property tax revenues to keep up with inflation and maintain expected service levels in the community. If the County does not increase revenues, services and programs that are supported by the General and Municipal funds will need to be reduced or eliminated in order to adopt a balanced budget.
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The General and Municipal funds support the following services and programs:
Yes. Property owners will be taxed on their taxable value, which is 100% of the property's market value for secondary homeowners, and 55% of the property's market value for primary owners.
Summit County increased property tax revenues for the Municipal Fund through a Truth in Taxation process in 2013 to ensure completion of road projects and enhance law enforcement services.
Summit County has no record of increasing property taxes for the General Fund going back as far as the early 1980’s.
The property tax revenue increase is not a ballot measure. Residents are encouraged to comment on the proposed tax increase during one of three public meetings/public hearings scheduled to address the proposed increase. A public meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2017, and two public hearings are scheduled for December 6, 2017 and December 13, 2017 (this is when it would be adopted). The County Council will vote on the recommended increase.
An increase in property tax revenues will allow the County to continue addressing the Council’s strategic priorities of environmental sustainability, workforce housing, transportation and mental wellness & substance abuse and continue providing the level of service that residents have come to expect.
The Utah Taxpayers Association recommends taxing entities raise rates through truth in taxation every five to eight years to address inflation. The County does not intend to increase property tax revenues every 5-8 years, but will instead evaluate whether additional revenues are needed to sustain programs and services every 5-8 years.
Without an increase, the County will be required to slow progress in key areas and implement further cost-saving measures which will result in the reduction or elimination of basic services. Possible impacts include:
Summit County has the lowest general tax rate of all 29 counties in Utah. The County is fiscally responsible and has made many cost-saving efforts over the years to maintain programs and services while keeping up with community demands. Cost saving measures include automating processes, reducing staff, limiting debt, utilizing a “pay-as-you-go” system for capital projects, and changing employee health and risk management insurance to self-insure.
Revenues from these specific sales taxes are restricted in use and can only be used for designated purposes. They cannot be moved to the General or Municipal funds to support basic services and programs.
Open space is a high priority for residents of Park City and Snyderville Basin. In recent elections Snyderville Basin Recreation District residents voted to tax themselves so specific open space purchases could be made. The money that was used for these purchases does not come from the County General or Municipal funds and it cannot be used to support services in those funds.