April is County Government Month. I have asked each department to email information about their department to share with you. Each department that responded will be spotlighted throughout the month of April. I found it interesting and I hope you do, too.
Wendy Shubert is the Tooele County Assessor. Her office establishes the market value of 26,000 real property and 1,800 personal property accounts each year. The combined value of real and personal property exceeds $3.3 billion. This value provides the foundation for funding local services such as public schools, police and fire protection, libraries and local government.
Shubert is proud of the innovation her office has offered Tooele County taxpayers. The Tooele County Assessor’s Office, with the help of the Tooele County IT Department, was the first in Utah to offer taxpayers online property tax appeals. They were also one of the first to offer electronic filing of personal property affidavits.
The assessor’s office also houses the county’s only Department of Motor Vehicle Office. The ladies who serve the public in the motor vehicle division love working with the public. Few citizens who complete the more than 89,925 transactions each year leave without a smile on their face. These transactions include renewals, titles, dealer batches, release of DUI impounds and handicapped placards.
The Tooele County Human Resource Department, headed by Jami McCart, serves the internal customers of the county, with a total of 306 employees. The county will hire around 50 seasonal employees for the summer season (most at Deseret Peak Complex).
The Human Resources Department also serves 50-60 retirees, providing them with benefits for their past service and over 100 volunteers that stay active. The Tooele County Sheriff’s Department is the county’s largest department with 103 employees, and the combined Health and Aging Department has 68.
The human resources office focuses on many aspects of discipline such as total compensation, talent management, employee relations, employee development, risk management and strategic planning.
Other happenings: The Tooele County Tourism Tax Advisory Board has determined which groups that applied for grant funds will receive money this year. The funds for these grants come from Transient Room Tax revenue, which is 3.5 percent of the charges for hotel accommodations in the county, and from the Tourism, Recreation, Cultural and Convention Tax (Restaurant Tax), which is 1 percent of all restaurant sales.
The laws for use of the funds are specific. The board received 31 applications this year totaling $1,053,904. They were able to grant 21 requests for a total of $400,500. For a list of those organizations that will receive funds, please follow this link: www.co.tooele.ut.us/PDF/GrantApprovalsApril2015.pdf
Congratulations to the organizations that were awarded funds.
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk/Auditor