Current procedures are insufficient to ensure uniform and equal treatment of parcels
The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today releases a Letter concerning issues with property tax equity across the State. The Office’s review of property tax equity issues specifically in Wasatch and Summit counties identified that the current procedures are insufficient to ensure uniform and equal tax treatment of properties as required by Article XIII of the Utah Constitution.
Property tax assessment is conducted by Utah’s county assessors. However, statute assigns certain oversight responsibilities to the Utah State Tax Commission.
State Auditor John Dougall remarked, “When clear standards of assessment uniformity are not enforced, it contributes to public mistrust of the property tax valuation process. While it is important to help counties independently fulfill their statutory duties, this does not relieve the Tax Commission of its statutorily-required regulatory oversight responsibilities.”