Group sees hike in home values meaning higher Kaysville taxes

Tuesday , August 05, 2014 - 9:28 PM

KAYSVILLE — A citizens group here is concerned Kaysville city’s proposed 99.6 percent property tax increase will have even a greater negative impact on taxpayers after recent news that Davis County property assessments have increased.

The citizens group, known as Citizens for Responsible Government, is currently circulating a newsletter to members expressing concerns with the county’s projected market value hikes, referring to an article that appeared in the Standard-Examiner.

City leaders contend the tax increase they are proposing will cost the average property owner an additional $140 a year in taxes. They say the recent projected reassessed property values released by the county will have no major impact on the portion of tax revenues the city is to receive.

“We have to be careful not to intermingle the two separate issues,” Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt told the Standard-Examiner.

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The city will receive no more money based on the projected assessments released by the county assessor’s office, Hiatt said.

A truth-in-taxation hearing on the city’s proposed property tax increase -- revenue to pay for a new $5.5 million police station now under construction, additional public safety staff and Proposition 5 -- will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Kaysville City Hall, 23 E. Center St.

Davis County property owners recently received new tax assessments, with the market values on some homes increasing as much as $130,000.

Based on the reset of county homes values, about 75 percent of all property owners experienced some sort of increase in value, and about one-fifth of the homeowners had their market value decrease, according to County Assessor Dennis Yarrington.

Some property owners are concerned the increase in market value could result in an overall higher tax rate, and say they intend to appeal their market values to the county. Tax notices are to be mailed-out in the fall.

Members of the citizens group are concerned that any increase adopted by the city or county will have an overall impact on taxpayer’s bottom line.

But prior to residents receiving the adjusted reassessments, Hiatt said, council members already were conscious of any increases city residents might have to pay.

“There is empathy (for the taxpayers) without the reassessment,” Hiatt said.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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