The 2015 General Election is well underway with By Mail Ballots sent last week. If you have not received one, please call (435-843-3148) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can get one to you. If you are interested in having a ballot sent to your home, please email your request to me.
This has been a strange election. It began as a municipal election and then turned into a county wide-election due to Proposition #1 (Local Option Sales Tax) and Proposition #2 (School Bond). Entities that had just enough — or too few — candidates signed resolutions to cancel their elections.
Candidates who filed will be appointed to the open offices. Citizens in those entities, however, are still receiving ballots with both propositions on them. This has confused some voters. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Early Voting began on Tuesday and will run through next Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekdays) and Friday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tooele County Clerk’s Office at 47 S. Main, Tooele in Room #318.
Voting will also be available at the Tooele Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Come, vote and enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Some people think municipal and special service district elections aren’t as important as Presidential Elections. I disagree. While presidential and federal elections do have a lot to do with what goes on in our country, local elections make a difference in our everyday lives. Locally elected officials decide on your local taxes, the roads that we drive on, laws that affect our cities, towns and districts. These local elections need your attention and your research, too. Please make sure to participate.
Board of Equalization Hearings: Hearings have been completed. Thanks to the hard work the Tooele County Assessor’s Department and IT do to make this process run smoothly. If it weren’t for the excellent work of these two offices, getting your tax notices out with the correct amounts would be more daunting than it is. And I know you wouldn’t want to miss those tax notices!
Proposed tax increases for 2016: At the Tooele County Commission meeting Tuesday night, the tentative 2016 budget was approved, as well as proposed taxes for 2016. To see the presentations that were discussed, please go to this link www.co.tooele.ut.us/auditor.htm under “Proposed Tax Increase and 2016 Tentative Budget Information.”
The commissioners are proposing an impact fee for new homes in the unincorporated parts of the county. This will bring in funds to help pay for public safety, parks, recreation and trails, and to lessen the impact on current residents.
A 7 percent tax increase to the General Fund, as well as a 7 percent tax increase in the Municipal Services Fund, are also proposed.
And the county’s health department and senior services department are proposing to impose their own mill levy of .000207.
If all of the proposed increases and rates are approved, property taxes for homeowners in the incorporated areas of the county will go up $2.84 per month or $34.14 per year. Taxes for homeowners in the unincorporated area of the county will go up $3.38 per month or $40.60 per year.
You will hear more about these proposed tax increases and will have an opportunity to voice your opinion before they are finalized. A public hearing for all of the above mentioned taxes will be held at the commission meeting on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 435-843-3148.
Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor