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No, Herriman City isn't raising your property taxes by over $400 this year

Jul 27, 2021 09:09AM ● By Justin Adams
By Justin Adams | [email protected]

As Herriman residents have received notice of an upcoming 'Truth in Taxation' hearing, many have been shocked by one particular line: "the Herriman City tax on a $442,000 residence would increase from $61.75 to $486.20, which is $425.45 per year."

But don't go grabbing your torches and pitchforks to march on city hall just yet, because there's actually a pretty simple explanation.

Last year, Herriman City chose to leave the Unified Fire Service Area, a taxing district that acts as a kind of middle man between various cities and Unified Fire Authority. Herriman city officials felt that the city was paying more into UFSA than its local UFA stations were receiving in return. Basically, Herriman taxpayers were subsidizing the fire service of other cities. 

So, the city decided to withdraw from UFSA and form its own taxing district that would collect taxes for fire service, taxes that would be kept within Herriman and used on much-needed facility upgrades.

The problem is that it takes time to set up a new taxing district. So for this year only, Herriman City had no way to collect the funds needed to pay UFA, other than transferring the amount to the city's own property tax assessment. So while Herriman's share of your property tax will increase this year, the total should remain about the same. Then next year, a new fire district will appear on those assessments and Herriman's share will return to its original rate.  

For more information, check out this video from Herriman City. 

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