OGDEN — The four taxing entities that approved property tax hikes for 2018 will experience the biggest relative jumps in collections — the Weber Fire District, the Weber School District, the city of Ogden and South Ogden.
The increases from 2017 to 2018 within the four entities range from 11.7 percent in South Ogden to 32.4 percent in the Weber Fire District and will collectively boost tax collections for them by $12.75 million, from $80.81 million to $93.56 million.
The other larger Weber County taxing entities are in line for more moderate jumps, 1.6 percent to 4.6 percent, gauging by total property tax collections. Those are Roy, the Ogden School District, North Ogden, the North View Fire District, Pleasant View and Weber County, which will collect $3.49 million more between them, from $85.37 million to $88.86 million.
Weber County homeowners and other property owners are scheduled to get their 2018 bills in late October. They already received a sneak peak of what to expect when the latest assessed valuations came out in July, accompanied by estimates of what the bills will total. And now, Utah State Tax Commission figures for 2018 provided to The Standard-Examiner by the Weber County Clerk-Auditor’s Office show the preliminary property tax revenues the taxing entities in the county will be collecting, which factor in the taxes individual property owners will pay.
The 32.4 percent Weber Fire District increase will boost property tax collections from $5.86 million in 2017 to $7.76 million this year, according to the figures. Fire district officials approved the tax rate hike after a special hearing on the proposal last November — called a truth-in-taxation hearing — and the extra revenue is to help acquire new, needed equipment and to boost firefighter pay to prevent turnover.
The Weber School District, which collects the biggest single chunk of property taxes of any Weber County taxing entity, shows the biggest dollar jump, according to the figures, from $60.5 million to $69.5 million. Part of that, around $2.2 million, stems from the tax hike approved per the truth-in-taxation hearing to help run two new elementary schools taking shape, in Farr West and Pleasant View. Another $3.47 million stems from a tax increase controlled by state officials while new growth also figures in the bump, according to Robert Petersen, business administrator for the district.
State law allows for property tax increases from year to year reflective only of new development within a taxing entity, meant to keep a lid on property tax growth. Increasing taxes above and beyond that first requires special hearings to give the public the chance to sound off, processes that South Ogden, Ogden, Weber schools and the Weber Fire District went through to boost their planned intake. The Ogden School District had proposed a tax hike above and beyond what state law allows, but critics sounded off strongly at the Aug. 2 truth-in-taxation hearing and the school board rejected the increase.
Here are property tax revenue figures for last year and this year’s expected intake for the larger taxing entities in the county, in order of relative increase:
Weber Fire District, from $5.86 million to $7.76 million, up 32.4 percent.
Weber School District, from $60.5 million to $69.5 million, up 14.9 percent.
Ogden, from $11.75 million to $13.29 million, up 13.2 percent. Ogden officials said the tax hike was need to fairly compensate city officials and properly fund city services.
South Ogden, from $2.7 million to $3.01 million, up 11.7 percent. City leaders said the tax increase there was needed to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of running a city.
Weber County, from $44.33 million to $46.38 million, up 4.6 percent.
Pleasant View, from $711,945 to $744,250, up 4.5 percent.
North View Fire District, from $2.01 million to $2.09 million, up 4.1 percent.
North Ogden, from $1.12 million to $1.17 million, up 4.1 percent.
Ogden School District, from $33.61 million to $34.84 million, up 3.7 percent.
Roy, from $3.57 million to $3.63 million, up 1.6 percent.