Because government agencies are tasked with managing precious tax dollars, they are required by state law to follow a process called “Truth in Taxation.” Truth in Taxation is about transparency, and requires government agencies to notify property owners when property taxes increase.
When the amount of tax money a government agency collects remains the same from year to year, that agency is not required to notify the public. But if taxes are raised in order to collect more money than the previous year – or when taxes are raised to make up for revenue fluctuations – government agencies must hold a public hearing where residents can weigh-in.
If you have concerns specifically about property value, please contact the Salt Lake County Assessor’s Office at 385-468-8000. It is possible for the property tax bills to increase without any action taken by the City – the County Assessor’s office establishes a value for the property and that affects the total tax due. Property tax increases that are based upon the value of one’s home could also be the result of actions taken by the School District, Mosquito Abatement District, etc.
To file a tax appeal and other related information, please visit the County’s Council-Tax Administration’s website.