Property Abatement forms were sent out at the end of March. Property owners have until Sept. 1 to return them, but the sooner the better. This year a new form was sent showing all of the abatements available, but I understand there has been some confusion. We will work to make the form easier to understand next year.
The May Tax Sale is scheduled for May 17. Property goes on the tax sale when taxes have not been paid for five years. We sent out over 60 first-class letters informing property owners their property was in arrears and needed to be caught up or arrangements made to make payments before the tax sale.
Some arrangements were made and those properties were removed. We then sent certified letters to property owners we hadn’t heard from, as well as to anyone a property title search showed had an interest in the property.
We are now down to about 40 properties, but that is still too many. If you are having trouble paying your property tax, please call the Tooele County Treasurer’s Office at 435-843-3190 to see if you qualify for a deferral.
The last thing I want to do is sell someone’s home when arrangements could be made We do all we can to help property owners keep their homes. For a list of properties that will be on the May Tax Sale, please see this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/Auditor/pdf/taxsale.pdf.
You’ll be hearing more about elections soon. Candidate filing dates for all municipalities in the county, as well as special districts, runs from June 1-7. Candidates will file for positions within their municipality or district office. For a list of open seats and filing information, please see this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk/Elections.htm.
For the past several years, the Grantsville City Fire Department has allowed us to use its building as the polling location for elections. I’ve heard numerous comments on how nice it is to have it in one location so people can visit while they perform their civic duty.
However, I’m sure you’ve noticed how much Grantsville is growing, which is why we had to move the Grantsville Polling Location to Grantsville High School. There is plenty of parking and the gym is huge, which will accommodate more voting machines, as well as more visiting. I want to thank Grantsville’s firefighters for allowing us to use their beautiful new building.
Passports are now taking 6-8 weeks to process rather than 4-6. We have seen a huge increase in our office, and I am sure it is happening across the country, which is likely responsible for the longer processing time. We haven’t heard anything about whether or not processing fees will increase. However, if you’re considering getting a passport, sooner may be better than later.
If you have any questions on any of these items, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor’s office at 435-843-3148.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor