West Haven property tax

West Haven officials are considering institution of a new city property tax in the city's 2019 spending plan to help cover increasing needs in the fast-growing locale. Still, owners of average-valued homes in South Ogden will have the biggest bills among Weber County's 15 cities, calculating based on new proposed tax rates. Construction crews work on new homes in West Haven on May 2, 2018, in this photo.

South Ogden homeowners, on average, will have the largest city property tax bills in Weber County when they come out in late October.

The owner of an average-valued home in South Ogden will pay $382 in property taxes on their 2018 bill, according to calculations using proposed tax rates for each of the 15 cities in Weber County. The rates as well as average home values in each city for 2018 come from the Weber County Clerk-Auditor’s Office.

Following South Ogden is Weber County’s biggest city, Ogden, where municipal property taxes on an average-valued home will total $335 this year, and Washington Terrace, $290.

At the bottom of the list is Marriott-Slaterville, where homeowners will pay nothing in city property taxes because the city doesn’t collect them. West Haven is proposing a city property tax for the first time, and if city leaders approve it — subject to a public hearing on the plans next Wednesday — the bill on an average-valued home will rise from zero last year to $154.

Those two outliers aside, the owner of an average-valued home in Plain City will have the lowest city property tax burden in Weber County in 2018, $66, followed by average Hooper homeowners, $85. Funds to be collected via the 2018 bills will cover the cities’ fiscal year 2019 budgets.

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Analyzing property taxes another way — averaging the overall city tax load on a per capita basis — South Ogden also tops the list among Weber County cities.

The city’s approved budget for 2018, finalized in 2017 and reflected on last year’s bills, calls for $2.7 million in city property tax collections. Dividing that by South Ogden’s estimated population for the year, 17,101, yields a per capita tax burden of $158.

Residents of Huntsville and Ogden had the next largest per capita city property tax loads, $138 and $135, respectively.

Excluding Marriott-Slaterville and West Haven, which didn’t collect property taxes in 2017, the lowest per capita taxation was in Plain City, $21, followed by Hooper, $24.

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South Ogden officials are proposing to raise property tax collections for 2019, from around $2.7 million for 2018 to $3.01 million, mainly to keep pace with inflation. A hearing on the plans on Aug. 7 generated minimal input from the public.

Of course cities aren’t the only entities that collect property taxes. When the Weber County Treasurer’s Office mails bills for 2018, amounts owed will reflect property taxes to school districts, Weber County and other smaller taxing entities, like mosquito abatement districts, sewer districts and more. School districts — Ogden School District and Weber School District in Weber County — typically account for the largest share of property tax bills.

Proposed overall tax collections for the cities’ varied 2019 budgets, to be collected this year, weren’t all immediately available.

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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