Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center, Alta View Hospital and Intermountain Health Care InstaCares have formally appealed to the state Tax Commission a 1987 decision that denied their historical exemption from property taxes.

Last October, Salt Lake County commissioners, sitting as the board of equalization, denied property tax exemption to the two Intermountain Health Care hospitals as well as St. Mark's Hospital, Holy Cross Jordan Valley Hospital and its Magna Clinic, and IHC InstaCares all not-for-profit medical facilities that were previously exempted from paying property taxes."We know that the county commissioners struggled with this issue and we recognize the confusion caused by a lack of objective standards in Utah," said Jack F. DeMann, volunteer trustee at Cottonwood. "But we disagree with their decision in several areas and feel it's important to seek a clarification with the Tax Commission for all concerned. This will ultimately help the commissioners and all the hospitals in the future."