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Utah County Commission sets public hearing for proposed tax increase

September 25, 2018

The Utah County Commission set an October public hearing for a proposal to levy a tax rate that exceeds the county’s certified tax rate.

County Commissioners Nathan Ivie and Greg Graves voted Tuesday morning to continue the process of levying up to $7.5 million in ad valorem tax revenue. Citing concerns about specifics around that number, Commissioner Bill Lee voted against the resolution.

“I hope, as we go through this process that we will get to numbers instead of generalities,” Lee said.

That number is just a starting point, and all three commissioners plan to get to a lower number as they work with county departments and analyze the potential increase against the actual estimated value of county services.

“We’re not committing to that number,” Graves said.

The next step in the process will be a public hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 in the county administration building at 100 E. Center St. in Provo. The commissioners encouraged the public to attend and voice their opinion on the proposed increase. County administrators will send out a postcard to every parcel of property in the county, notifying residents of the public hearing.

The final tax rate will not be settled at the October meeting, as that meeting is one of many steps needed to finalize the rate. The final public hearing and decision on the rate will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.