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(other reminder notices might be sent as a courtesy)
Auditor sends a notice to taxpayers regarding the probable upcoming property tax amount to provide time for anyone wanting to file an appeal.
Treasurer sends final notice of taxes due.
Treasurer sends a notice to all delinquent taxpayers.
By law, the annual tax process involves 5 steps:
Budgets are generated by 71 County entities that perform public services like schools, libraries, cities, etc. (Remember, in your area you only utilize and fund a subset of these services.)
Records and accurately maintains all County property ownership.
Values all the recorded County properties.
Calculates a certified tax rate which is a multiplier number against the property values to fund all 71 Countywide service entity budgets. (see the "Basic Example" below)
Administers taxpayer relief programs for the needy.
Bills, Collects, Protects, and Distributes $1Billion in property taxes to fund the 72 countywide budgets.
Funds elected officials operations (Accounts Payable, Payroll, etc.).
Invests elected officials short and long term available funds.
If the Salt Lake City School District (a taxpayer entity providing a taxpayer service) approved an operational budget of $75,000 and the total taxable value of all property in the Salt Lake City School District was $15,000,000 then, if you live in that school district, the tax rate for the year would be calculated and show up on your official property tax notice as
$75,000 /15,000,000 =.00500.
Note: When property values go up the certified tax rate goes down and conversely when property values go down the certified tax rate goes up. This method insures that all taxpayer services continue because the provider's budgets are funded.