Public Safety Funding About to Change

(KCPW News) Homeowners in Riverton, Herriman, and in unincorporated Salt Lake County will soon be supporting the Unified Police Department through a new property tax that will take the place of a fee. Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area Administrator Kerri Nakamura says the new tax plan, which took effect January of this year, will actually save average homeowners money on their November property tax bill.

“Herriman City completely eliminated its police fee which was charged with part of its water bill. That fee was $300 dollars a year per household. It was completely eliminated and replaced with our property tax for local law enforcement, ‘the dedicated tax’. So the average homeowner in Herriman City will see an average $46 dollar savings,” says Nakamura.

According to Nakamura, homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county will save about $22 dollars a year on the average home valued at $230,000. Those with homes valued at $267,000 will break even, and homes with higher values might not see a savings.

Business owners will also be taxed based on property value, with commercial property owners having to pay the tax instead of their tenants. A public hearing on the new tax will be held Thursday, August 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Unified Police Department, 3365 South 900 West.