Weber Fire District property taxes

Those served by the Weber Fire District will likely see a jump in their fire district property tax bills for 2018 compared to 2017 owing to a property tax hike that was subject of a truth-in-taxation hearing in late 2017. In this Dec. 23, 2017, photo, Weber Fire District firefighters respond to a house fire in Ogden.

For those living in locales that get fire protection from fire districts, city property taxes don’t tell the full story of what it costs for the key services offered in a municipality.

Add the property taxes levied by Weber Fire District and North View Fire District, which between them serve eight cities, and you get a better approximation of the relative tax costs in Weber County’s 15 locales. Turns out that the three most expensive Weber County cities, factoring city property taxes on an average-valued home plus fire district taxes, when applicable, are served by fire districts — Huntsville, Pleasant View and Farr West.

Expanding beyond that, six of the eight costliest cities are served by fire districts — Huntsville, Pleasant View, Farr West, Hooper, North Ogden and West Haven. The two cities with their own fire departments in the top eight, paid for with city-collected funds, are South Ogden, fourth place, and Ogden, sixth place.

On the flip side, five of the seven cities with the lowest tax loads, factoring fire district taxes when applicable, are in cities with their own fire departments — Plain City, Uintah, Riverdale, Roy and Washington Terrace.

Those served by the Weber Fire District, most notably, will see a bump in taxes when property tax bills for 2018 come out in late October, reflecting a property tax hike approved per a truth-in-taxation hearing last November, when it came up for scrutiny. The Weber district covers Farr West, Hooper, Huntsville, Marriott-Slaterville, West Haven and the unincorporated areas of Weber County.

The Weber Fire District hike will boost overall property tax collections by around $1.9 million from last year, up more than 30 percent, according to Andrea Fiske, administrative services manager for the district, with the extra funding needed to help get new equipment and boost firefighter pay to prevent turnover. On an average-valued home in the district, $312,000, the hike will increase a homeowner’s fire district tax bill to $309, up from the $229 that would have been owed without the increase.

The other seven cities of Weber County, South Ogden, Ogden, Washington Terrace, Roy, Riverdale, Uintah and Plain City, operate their own fire departments, thus firefighting costs are included in the respective city budgets.

The Weber Fire District will collect an estimated $7.76 million this year in property tax money, including bond repayment funds, up from $5.86 million last year. The North View Fire District, which covers North Ogden, Pleasant View and Harrisville, will collect an estimated $2.09 million this year, up from $2.01 million last year, according to figures provided by the department.

Now here’s how tax bills for 2018 — city property taxes plus fire district taxes, when applicable — look to be stacking up on an average-valued home (numbers are rounded):

Huntsville, $630 — $286 in city taxes plus $343 in Weber Fire District taxes. An average home is worth $393,863.

Pleasant View, $429 — $224 in city taxes plus $206 in North View Fire District taxes. An average home is worth $360,306.

Farr West, $396 — $101 in city taxes plus $295 in Weber Fire District taxes. An average home is worth $338,588.

South Ogden, $382, all in city taxes. The average home value is $239,369.

Hooper, $377 — $85 in city taxes and $292 in Weber Fire District taxes. The average home value is $335,411.

Ogden, $335, all in city taxes. The average home value is $196,058.

North Ogden, $328, $173 in property taxes and $155 in North View Fire District taxes. The average home value is $271,651.

West Haven, $309, all in Weber Fire District taxes since the city doesn’t levy a property tax. The average home value is $354,333.

Washington Terrace, $290, all in city property taxes. The average home value is $207,180.

Roy, $280, all in city property taxes. The average home value is $215,998.

Marriott-Slaterville, $279, all in Weber Fire District taxes since the city doesn’t levy a property tax. The average home value is $320,338.

Harrisville, $244 — $117 in city property taxes and $127 in North View Fire District taxes. The average home value is $223,373.

Riverdale, $140, all in city property taxes. The average home value is $249,027.

Uintah, $133, all in city property taxes. The average home value is $310,410.

Plain City, $66, all in city property taxes. The average home value is $310,982.

Tax rates and average home values from each city used to figure the estimates come from the Weber County Clerk-Auditor’s Office. The fire districts provided the 2018 tax rates.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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