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Lindon considering property tax increase

LINDON (Deseret News)  — For the first time in at least 20 years, the Lindon City Council has proposed a property tax increase.

After debating such an increase during two different budget public hearings, attended by only two residents, the council voted unanimously on June 16 to hold a public truth in taxation hearing in August to consider a rate increase.

"As far as we can tell, Lindon has never raised property tax," city administrator Ott Dameron said.

Councilman Bruce Carpenter researched Lindon's property taxes for the past 20 years and said he saw no increase. The tax rate has declined from 0.003065 in 1987 to just 0.001390 in 2007.

The increase Lindon's officials are proposing would comprise a 30-percent increase in the city's share of the property tax rate. Currently Lindon only receives revenue from 13 to 14 percent of the total property tax bill residents receive annually.

Councilwoman Lindsay Bayless said many people think that when the city raises its property tax rate, the whole tax bill increases. In actuality, she said, the county and school district portions, which represent the largest portions of residents' tax bills, would remain unchanged. Original Article

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