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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7 2013 6:35 p.m. MDT

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1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I wonder if its time for the state legislature to put some sort of a cap on property tax revenues?

I've attended more than a few taxation/revenue meetings by the various (and many)taxing authorities but I don't get any sense at all that they care much about input. They've pretty much got their mind made up before the meeting starts.

I wonder if there would be a way for ALL the local taxing authorities to submit their requests for ever more revenues to some sort of central committee to determine which taxing authority gets what? Include "fees" (just a semantic way of saying "tax").

We, as taxpayers are "hit" from all sides with revenue requests but we can't really fight all of them (nor should we)effectively.

I understand that growing communities may need more revenues than older existing areas, but I've NEVER heard of existing areas lowering taxes, or fees.

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

Good.

All of this goes to show how ridiculous it is to assume that a bunch of local republicans are above doing what Washigton does. I love how bogus the assumptions of "local control" are. As if local politicians are somehow better at wasting our money than those in DC.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Conservative is right, all these tax meetings and public notices are is an after the fact declamation of fact with no intention to allow and taxation changes.

There is a process that caps education and all government taxation, its called the legislators who are the only authority to adjust taxes and set tax rates. The weakness is that no one is raising taxes, the counties and cities are adjusting property valuations to increase tax revenue. This is unconstitutional but the legislators are looking the other way and letting government and education raise property values to a predetermined level to meet the needs of their expansion and opulent spending.

The only way to get around this is have an appraisal done on individual homes to force the counties to lower property values. But this is costly, $500-$600 every year. We the people have to demand that the legislators restore our rights of Representative in taxation and stop this illegal and uncontrolled irresponsible taxation.

All taxation are the accountability of the legislators but with no ethical boundaries or limits on illegal property valuations we are at the mercy of every taxing entity on the property tax notice.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Spend less, tax less. Let the working people keep their money.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

...thanks to the state cutting taxes in order to look like tax saints, municipalities have had to pick up the slack and appear to be the bad guys. Genius!

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