The head of an international real estate licensing enforcement consulting firm headquartered in Bountiful is asking the County Commission to restore its tax exemption, saying it is a non-profit corporation.

Stephen Francis appealed the county's assessment of personal property tax on office equipment in his Bountiful-based National Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials (NARELLO).Francis, a former state real estate commission chairman, said the foundation puts on seminars and other programs to help state real estate licensing enforcement officials do their jobs.

NARELLO has members from all 50 states and several foreign countries, Francis told the commission, and has been based in Utah since 1939.

"I know it seems a little odd to have an international organization like this based in Utah, rather than some place like Washington, D.C., but this is where we started and this is where we are," he told the commissioners.

Davis County Assessor Willard Gardner said the foundation's office equipment was assessed for personal property taxes because it doesn't fall under the state statute granting exemptions for educational, charitable, or religious groups.

Just because the organization is non-profit doesn't mean it automatically falls into one of those categories, Gardner said.

The commissioners took no action Monday, asking Francis and Gardner to meet to try to work out the problem. NARELLO has little in the way of assets other than the office equipment, Francis said, and Gardner estimated the tax bill would be well under $100.