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West Valley City proposes tax increase

WEST VALLEY CITY (Deseret News) — Taxes in Utah's second-largest city could be going up if City Council members and the mayor approve a slight change to the certified tax rate for the 2010 fiscal year.

The proposed increase from 0.003593 in the 2008-09 tax year to 0.003609 in the 2009-2010 amounts to less than half a percentage increase. It was triggered after commercial properties in the city appealed their 2008 tax bills, leaving the city about $100,000 short, explained finance director Jim Welch. That $100,000 deficit will now be spread around to all taxpayers in the city if the council approves the city budget.

But with an expected property tax revenue of almost $24 million citywide, the $100,000 is barely a drop in the bucket. It would amount to an increase of $1.76 per year on the average $200,000 home, said Welch. Utah's truth-in-taxation law requires that the city post notices and hold special hearings for even so small a bump. A public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at City Hall, 3600 S. Constitution Blvd.

The city, like most of its suburban neighbors, is not proposing any operating budget tax increase this year, Welch said.

For a copy of the tentative budget or to watch the public hearing live, visit wvc-ut.gov.

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