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Property taxes set to go up for hundreds of thousands of water users in the Salt Lake Valley

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Larger reserves say they need additional funding to upgrade their facilities to meet growing demand.

(Trent Nelson | Salt Lake Tribune) Newly built in South Jordan in May. The Jordan Valley WUA is proposing a property tax hike to upgrade its water facilities to accommodate growth.

Increasing demand due to population growth means that water users in the Jordan Valley Water Conservation Area may soon increase their property tax payments.

A water company that supplies 17 member agencies in its service area (mainly southwestern Salt Lake Valley) with a population of approximately 800,000 wants to raise its fixed asset tax rate by nearly 8% in 2022.

“As it turns out” Bosbert Forsyth in the water district “Some of the largest infrastructures in systems that supply water to a growing population are currently out of capacity,” he said.

The state’s largest treatment facility, the Jordan Valley Water Treatment Plant, operates at capacity during the summer when water demand peaks.

“And to meet the growing population’s water needs, we need to significantly expand the plant to provide that growth,” Forsythe said.

Jumps may seem important on paper, but most real estate owners are unlikely to feel an increase. Annual property tax claims from the water district will increase by $ 7 for $ 550,000 worth of homes. The increase is projected to increase annual revenues by approximately $ 1.7 million.

Additional funding helps the district to support its ability to pay debt and invest in capital projects.

In addition to upgrading and expanding treatment facilities, the district wants to build new wells and two new tanks to store drinking water for growth in locations such as West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton and Heliman. thinking about.

District spokesman Linda Townes Cook said Jordan Valley was able to postpone the expansion of the treatment plant for years as new water sources went live and Utahns reduced consumption.

She urged residents to continue conservation activities by voluntarily reducing water usage by 10% and limiting watering to two days a week.

Residents can consider the proposed property tax increase at a hearing on August 10, when the Board will consider adopting a new tax rate.

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