Utah

The problem began many years ago when our State Legislature drew boundaries for its school districts and authorized them with local taxing authority. The idea was to enable local control. Specifically, the plan was to empower locally elected school officials to manage the financial needs of their neighborhood schools. Unfortunately, these districts were not created with funding equity in mind. Now equal funding is a real problem, one that is destined to be fought in our courts if we don’t solve it soon. Read More

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As soon as the snow melts off Farmington Canyon, 27 residents start to move in for the summer. Read More

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Harmons grocery stores says they simply forgot to pay property taxes on time. Developer Terry Diehl uses unpaid tax as sort of a no-approval-needed cheap loan. Snowbird condo owners didn’t pay as part of a fight against sharply higher taxes. A tax notice for a new Embassy Suites was sent elsewhere. Read More

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The City Council voted Wednesday to raise taxes by about $61 a year for the average homeowner, with the increase going toward public safety costs and road maintenance, among other expenses. Read More

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Now that the Salt Lake City Council has approved a 13.8 percent hike in property taxes, it faces an even bigger question. Read More

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Everyone is smiling but nobody is happy at City Hall, where the Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker have been wrestling for control. Read More

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Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City mayor, has vetoed a budget passed by the Salt Lake City Council that included a proposed tax property increase. Read More

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Photographer Trent Nelson recently visited Rulon Jeffs’ old compound at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and found rust and high grass. Read More

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Salt Lake County Assessor Lee Gardner has received his LDS mission call and is planning to leave office in August for Barcelona, Spain. Read More

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A bill aimed at making school funding more equal across Utah earned committee approval Wednesday despite concerns that it could mean higher property taxes in most school districts. Read More

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A controversial proposal to redistribute property taxes collected by local school districts narrowly cleared the Senate on Monday after divisive debate. Read More

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Having a federally protected spotted owl or prairie dog on property soon could lower property taxes. Read More

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While the tax has been around for a while, Utahns may notice an extra line on their property taxes if a bill sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City is passed in by the Utah Legislature. House Bill 264 "Property Tax Notice Amendments" would require counties to show taxpayers the portion of collected taxes benefiting charter schools, a tax that is currently incorporated into the local school district tax. Read More

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A local lawmaker’s bill giving property owners better options in appealing their property tax assessments is one step closer to reality. Read More

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Many well-known businesses failed to pay their 2012 property taxes on time, including some that have been in the news for financial problems — Trolley Square Associates,

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Real-estate tax exemptions for soldiers and urban farmers are among new laws taking effect in Utah for the New Year.

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 Salt Lake County leaders will hold a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a property tax increase that could have a significant impact. Read more

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 When the city fell short in paying its $2.8 million UTOPIA bill for 2013, the Orem City Council in June proposed a 50 percent property tax increase to make up for the gap. The owner of a $184,500 home would have paid $97 more a year under the plan — the first hike of its kind in the city in nearly three decades. Read more

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 Salt Lake County Council members looked everywhere for ways to cut Mayor Peter Corroon’s proposed 2013 budget and its 17.5 percent tax increase for countywide services. Read more

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 Salt Lake County Council members betrayed little emotion Thursday as Mayor Peter Corroon laid out a 2013 budget proposal that included a 17.5 percent tax increase. Read more

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