Utah County residents called to active duty because of the Persian Gulf war may qualify for suspension of their property taxes .

Leonard Ellis, county treasurer, told commissioners Monday that a federal law passed in 1940 says counties must suspend collection of property taxes from certain taxpayers who have been called to active duty. Ellis said to qualify for the suspension, the individual must prove that the tax assessment occurred prior to his activation and that the call creates a hardship to pay. Those who qualify will still have to pay the taxes when released from duty, but the interest rate will be 6 percent and the penalty fee will be waived.Commissioners said it is important that the county assist those who may qualify under this law. Those desiring further information should contact the county treasurer's office.