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Weber Basin water district, South Ogden, North View Fire District hike taxes

By Tim Vandenack - | Aug 30, 2023

Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner file photo

A reservoir at the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District headquarters in east Layton is pictured Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

LAYTON — Call it a clean sweep.

The eight taxing entities serving Weber County that proposed property tax hikes for 2023 all approved them, the final OK coming Monday night by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District board of trustees, which meets in Layton.

South Ogden and North View Fire District officials also approved tax hikes, joining the Weber and Ogden school districts, the cities of Harrisville and North Ogden and the Central Weber Sewer Improvement District.

Residents of North Ogden and Harrisville will face a triple whammy on their tax bills, with increases in city, school and fire district taxes. Both cities sit within the Weber School District and North View Fire District boundaries.

Here are the details on the latest entities in Weber County to approve tax hikes — the water district, South Ogden and the fire district:

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District: Just one speaker addressed the body’s board of trustees at Monday’s hearing, according to Scott Paxman, the district general manager. The man expressed concern about rising taxes for people like him who live on fixed incomes.

After that, officials approved the proposed 29.9% tax hike, increases in water fees for its varied customers that average around 6%-8% and the fiscal year 2024 budget, which totals around $109 million, Paxman said.

The tax hike will boost property tax collections in the five counties the district serves — Weber, Davis and Morgan counties and parts of Summit and Box Elder counties — to $22.92 million for 2023, up from $17.02 million in 2022. In Weber County, that means taxes on a $486,000 home, the average, will be $53.46, up from $41.16 without a hike.

The tax hike aims to generate the revenue needed to operate, maintain and replace original infrastructure dating to the 1950s, paid for initially by the feds. The rate hikes aim to update infrastructure to keep pace with new growth.

The water district provides at least a portion of water needed in every city in Weber and Davis counties, with the exception of North Ogden, Paxman said. Municipal customers that get water district water “have the option of passing (the rate increase) on or not passing it on,” he said.

North View Fire District: Fire district officials approved the body’s tax hike on Aug. 22. Just one person attended the hearing at which the increase was formally considered, according to Chief David Wade.

The 2.2% increase — meant in part to keep pace with inflationary price increases — will boost property tax funding for 2023 to $4.15 million, up from $4.06 million. That will boost the bill on a home worth $525,000 from $296.55 to $302.90.

South Ogden: The South Ogden City Council approved a 4.25% tax hike on Aug. 15, trimming the proposed rate slightly, from 0.002506 to 0.0025, according to City Manager Matt Dixon.

The 4.25% hike will boost taxes on a home worth $450,000, the average, from $593.51 to $618.75. Officials say the increase, as in the fire district, aims in part to keep pace with inflationary hikes.

Here are the other entities serving Weber County that raised taxes for 2023 and the magnitude of the increases over what the officials would have been otherwise authorized to allow:

  • Ogden School District, 5.3%.
  • Weber School District, 13.7%.
  • Harrisville, 0.67%.
  • North Ogden, 3%.
  • Central Weber Sewer Improvement District, 8.7%.

Property tax bills are to be sent out in November.


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