LOGAN – Cache County intends to increase the property tax rate above the certified rate in order to generate an estimated $250,000 in additional revenue. County executive Craig Buttars said the increase is needed and will help cover the costs of a public defender, operate the senior citizens center and maintain and repair county roads.
At a public meeting Tuesday night numerous people asked the council not to increase taxes, which would amount to approximately 2.09 percent. One complaint came from Debbie Arnold of Cove, who said she moved here 10 years ago and that the taxes she’s been paying for road improvements haven’t helped her situation.
“The road condition has deteriorated beyond belief,” she said. “You can’t even dodge the potholes anymore. It’s embarrassing to have people come over to my home because they have to go two miles per hour to dodge the holes. I’m just raising my concerns as well as my neighbors that we pay our taxes and a tax increase – I’m just kind of curious over the last three or four years in particular – that the taxes I’ve been paying doesn’t seem to have helped our little road.”
Arnold said she has made a complaint to the county road department, but that she hasn’t seen any results yet. She added that many other Cove residents have the same complaints.