Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 21, 2014
Top ten 2013 taxpayers brought in $12.8 million

The top ten property taxpayers in Tooele County brought in $12.8 million for taxing entities in 2013, up 10 percent over the top ten’s 2012 tax list.

Allegheny Technology Incorporated’s titanium plant at Rowley leads the list of top taxpayers in the county for 2013 with an overall tax bill of $4.2 million. Its property is valued at over $321 million.

However, ATI will receive a refund of all but $217,133 of its paid property tax, according to Tooele County Treasurer Jeremy Walker. The refund is part of the incentive package used to lure the company here in 2007.

Of the retained amount, the Tooele County School District will get $178,671 and the county will get $38,462. The tax refund for ATI expires in 2022.

PacifiCorp, parent corporation of Rocky Mountain Power, is second on the 2013 list with $2.3 million in paid property taxes. RMP receives no tax refund, so after refunds are calculated for ATI, RMP is the top property taxpayer in the county.

Intrepid Potash’s Wendover operation, which extracts potash from naturally occurring brines by solar evaporation, is the number three property taxpayer in 2013. Intrepid paid $1.9 million in 2013.

US Magnesium is next at $1.1 million in paid property taxes for 2013, which puts the company at fourth place on the top 10 list.

EnergySolutions moved up one slot from sixth in 2012 to fifth in 2013 with a tax payment of $873,222 while Union Pacific Railroad at $774,030 dropped from fifth in 2012 to sixth in 2013.

Union Pacific’s tax bill is determined by the company’s overall net worth. The federal government allots a portion of that net worth for Utah to tax. The Utah State Tax Commission then in turn divides that amount between each county according to the assets the company has in each county.

Union Pacific has two mainline routes through Tooele County: The Shafter subdivision, which is an old Western Pacific line that parallels Interstate 80 from Salt Lake City to the Nevada border, and the Lynndyl subdivision, which is a north-south line that basically follows the same route as state Route 36.

The Walmart Distribution Center, with a $580,560 tax bill, remained in the seventh position on the list of property taxpayers

UNEV Pipeline, a recently built 400-mile pipeline that passes through Tooele County as it moves petroleum products from refineries in North Salt Lake to North Las Vegas, NV, appears on the top 10 property tax list for the first time in 2013. The company stands at number eight with a $467,356 property tax payment.

Ninigret Industrial Depot and Clean Harbors’ Aragonite facility occupied the bottom of the top 10 list in 2012, coming in at ninth and tenth, respectively. They were replaced in 2013 by American Realty Capital, owners of the former Reckitt Benckiser distribution facility, which paid $371,447. Tooele Hospital Corporation, also known as Mountain West Medical Center, was at No. 10 with $362,711.

The total tax bill for all property owners in Tooele County for 2013 was $47.2 million. The top ten property taxpayers picked up 27 percent of that bill.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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