Wednesday, August 15, 2012
West Jordan raises property tax; Taylorsville set to do the same
For the first time in 24 years, City Council members in this sprawling southwest Salt Lake Valley city raised property taxes, but not before getting an earful from residents.
The 17 percent bump — which will cost the owner of a $220,000 home an additional $41 per year — will pay for 10 new police hires, sorely needed fleet upgrades, road repairs and new computer software.
Tuesday’s truth in taxation hearing was the 10th opportunity residents had this summer to sound off to their elected officials. And for close to an hour, they filed forward and spoke, in large part, against the higher tax.
Taylorsville’s tax boost will require the owner of a $172,000 home to pay $26 more per year or about $2.16 more per month. The owner of a business valued at $172,000 can expect an annual increase of $47.98.
The added revenue will fund street-scape maintenance and installation of a safety wall along 4100 South from Redwood Road to 1300 West, an area where cars have veered off and landed in backyards. Salt Lake Tribune