Cache County Council looks to raise property tax rates to hire new employees

The public had a chance to weigh in on a proposal to raise property taxes in Cache County.  The Cache County Council met Tuesday night to talk about the issue and seek public input.

Council members intend to increase the share of property taxes by approximately 3.31 percent above the certified rate. The increase would amount to an estimated $417,300 in additional property tax revenue, according to county officials. The money would be used to help fund the additional costs of hiring a full-time Public Safety employee, four full-time firefighters, and other full-time employees.

Councilman Jon White said he is in favor of the tax increase.

“I don’t know how we can function without it,” he said. “I would rather have a little one, than a big one next year.” White added, “ I think we’re better off trying to keep going like we’re going, utilizing the money we have. More people come here, everybody wants more services and less taxes. That just can’t happen.”

Several members of the public expressed their opinions on the proposed rate increase.

Gary Foster said, “Increase my taxes, but show me something for it.” Foster said he is hoping to see additional development in the county. Among other things, he said he would like to see the money used to improve roads and infrastructure.

Councilman Greg Merrill said they are trying to make improvements in the county in a “fiscally responsible way.”

The property tax increase is included in the county’s 2019 budget proposal.  The council plans to vote on the resolution before the end of the year.

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