Letters with tax abatement forms were mailed Monday. If you have filed for a tax abatement before, or think you may qualify, and do not receive a letter by the end of the week, please call 435-843-3143 or go to this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/Auditor/abatements.htm.
The abatements available are as follows:
Veteran’s exemption: Available to veterans disabled in military service, their unmarried surviving spouse or minor orphans. The applicant must file by Sept. 1 of each year with proof of service-connected disability. No exemption is allowed for any disability below 10 percent.
Blind exemption: Available to all “legally blind” property owners, their unmarried surviving spouse or minor orphans. There are no income or age requirements. The applicant must file by Sept. 1 of each year.
Circuit breaker: Available to homeowners or renters who are 66 years of age and whose income is below the statutorily mandated levels. The applicant must file by Sept. 1 of each year.
Indigent (County) abatement: May be granted by the Tooele County Commission and is available to people who are age 65, with a 2016 income of less than $31,845. The applicant must file by Sept. 1 with proof of ownership, income, disability and/or hardship and other information required by the county.
Mobile home owner: Apply for abatement with the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor prior to payment of taxes.
*Note: You must be the owner of record of property on Jan. 1 for the year of application.
Passports: Tooele County has seen a 110 percent increase in passports this year. If you haven’t renewed your U.S. passport since 2006 or 2007, now’s the time to ensure you’re up-to-date. In January, U.S. State Department officials announced they’re expecting a spike in passport applications and renewals in 2016, with 10-year passports set to expire soon.
Why the increase? According to U.S. News and World Report, in 2007 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was put into effect, mandating that American citizens entering the U.S. by air from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean carry a passport. This triggered a backlog in renewals for millions of applicants — a scenario that could easily occur again. With a number of places requiring a minimum of six months left on your passport, there’s never been a better time to be passport-ready for smooth, stress-free travel.
Marilyn Gillette is the Tooele County Clert/Auditor