South Jordan city officials are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their city hall apparently won't be sold to pay Salt Lake County some $22,000 in back taxes owed on the building.

The county's tax subcommittee and executive council have recommended to the County Commission that the city hall building, 11175 S. Redwood Road, be removed from a list of properties to be sold later this month for back taxes.The recommendation includes a waiver of some $8,200 in unpaid taxes on the building that have accrued since November 1986, when the city bought the property from its bankrupt owners.

South Jordan will still have pay about $14,000 in back taxes owed on the property at the time the city purchased it, however.

"We'll work with you," to pay off the tax bill, a relieved Mayor Theron B. Hutchings assured commissioners.

Government buildings are not subject to property tax. But the county cannot forgive taxes owed on the building before a city's purchase. Doing so would be the equivalent of making taxpayers outside South Jordan subsidize the city's purchase of the property, explained Mike Reed, director of the county auditor's tax section.

The recommendation still must be formally approved by county commissioners.