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August 28, 2014

Every homeowner in the county saw a home valuation increase on their tax notices sent out this month.
County Assessor Gwen D. Rich reported a significant increase in the county’s taxable value to the state this year.  From $856 million in taxable value in 2013 to $907 million this year, taxable value increased a whopping $51 million.  
Of that increase, about $19.2 million was due to new growth, or homes constructed and new businesses locating in Morgan, Rich said.  This year’s $19.2 million increase in new growth outshines last year’s $6.3 million increase.

Every homeowner in the county saw a home valuation increase on their tax notices sent out this month.
County Assessor Gwen D. Rich reported a significant increase in the county’s taxable value to the state this year.  From $856 million in taxable value in 2013 to $907 million this year, taxable value increased a whopping $51 million.  

August 18, 2014

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 
August 1, 2014

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.” 
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin.

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.” 

July 21, 2014

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.

July 17, 2014

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.
“I am not sure if I am in favor of a transit tax,” Morgan County Council Chairman Logan Wilde said.  
The county has been discussing raising sales tax to fund transit, perhaps through an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).  That tax must be approved before an additional tax meant to provide funds to repair and maintain county roads could be added to the sales tax increase.
Wilde said he is concerned with the view that passing the transit tax is the only way that could lead to funding county roads.
When he reads the fine print about sales tax for funding roads, Wilde said there are too many stipulations.

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.
“I am not sure if I am in favor of a transit tax,” Morgan County Council Chairman Logan Wilde said.  

July 10, 2014

The Morgan County School Board will meet Monday, June 30, to discuss a possible tax increase.

The Morgan County School Board will meet Monday, June 30, to discuss a possible tax increase.  The budget hearing reviewing both the fiscal year 2014 final budget and the proposed 2015 tentative budget is scheduled for 7 a.m. in the district board room, 240 E. Young Street.

May 31, 2014

While new taxable property is on the increase in Morgan County—which would benefit Morgan County School District finances—so are requests from large tax payers to adjust taxes downward—which could cause a one-year increase on property taxes.

While new taxable property is on the increase in Morgan County—which would benefit Morgan County School District finances—so are requests from large tax payers to adjust taxes downward—which could cause a one-year increase on property taxes.

December 28, 2013

City officials are so interested in bringing new businesses to town in an effort to boost economic development that they would consider offering tax incentives to anyone interested.

City officials are so interested in bringing new businesses to town in an effort to boost economic development that they would consider offering tax incentives to anyone interested.

December 28, 2013

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

December 28, 2013

City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.

City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.

September 1, 2013

The Morgan County Council is on the lookout for residents being inappropriately taxed for telecommunications on their cell phone bill.

County investigates cell phone telecom tax
 
The Morgan County Council is on the lookout for residents being inappropriately taxed for telecommunications on their cell phone bill.

July 8, 2013

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.
I recently read the article on short-term rentals that the county council debated.  

June 17, 2013

The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday.  Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up.  Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.  

The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday.  Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up.  Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.

June 6, 2013

Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute this to the quality and effort of the educators involved in the school system, and in the leadership of those who have served on the school board over the years.

This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits.  We attribute thi

June 6, 2013

More and more delinquent taxes are being paid up, taking parcels off schedule tax sales.

Delinquent taxes rolling in
More and more delinquent taxes are being paid up, taking parcels off schedule tax sales.

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy.  We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County.  Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits. 

Dear Editor:

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.  The Morgan County Commissioners do everything in their power to drive out business.  It’s time people with large families pay their fair share.  A head tax would be a great start.  Sell the Morgan County airport to a private company and tax it.  None of the proposed tax increase will go to better pay for teachers.
~ Brent Fenstermaker 

Dear Editor:

June 3, 2013

Oftentimes in debate the heart of the matter is lost in spurious details.  But occasionally the key issue becomes obviously clear.  Such a moment occurred at the Morgan County School Board meeting last month.  The proposed Voted Local Levy, a new property tax increase to fund the school budget, was the topic of discussion.  

Dear Editor, 

May 11, 2013

After researching the facts, talking to community members and maybe even viewing one of the Morgan County School District’s community presentations regarding the voted local levy, you may be wondering how you can keep an eye on tax rates should the levy pass.

After researching the facts, talking to community members and maybe even viewing one of the Morgan County School District’s community presentations regarding the voted local levy, you may be wondering how you can keep an eye on tax rates should the levy pass.

April 20, 2013

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

January 4, 2013

Auditors gave Morgan City a clean bill of financial health during the fiscal year 2012 financial report.

Auditors gave Morgan City a clean bill of financial health during the fiscal year 2012 financial report.
Tax revenues increased $30,000 and sales tax increased $50,000 compared to the prior year.

November 23, 2012

The last issue of TMCN reported that the Cottonwoods subdivision developer had requested incremental tax funding for a reservoir that he/they want to develop in conjunction with his North Side Creek subdivision.  Incremental tax is the tax difference between the undeveloped land (the bare lot) and the property after it has been developed (i.e., in this case after homes have been built on the lots).

Dear Editor:

November 20, 2012

Developer Rulon Gardner has plans for a new 22-lot development, and is approaching the county and school board about the possibility of using tax increment funding to build a reservoir feature.  The reservoir would double as a private amenity for the development as well as storage for secondary water.

Developer Rulon Gardner has plans for a new 22-lot development, and is approaching the county and school board about the possibility of using tax increment funding to build a reservoir feature.  The reservoir would double as a private amenity for the development as well as storage for secondary water.

July 6, 2012

District employees are racked with cuts, and the school board is threatening an inevitable tax increase.  But where did things go wrong?

District employees are racked with cuts, and the school board is threatening an inevitable tax increase.  But where did things go wrong?

February 4, 2012

Puzzled by the tax law or by which credits and deductions to take?  Need assistance with your tax return?  Come to a VITA site near your home and get your taxes done free of charge by an IRS certified volunteer.  If your household or individual income is $50,000 or less per year, these trained community volunteers will prepare your federal and state taxes free of charge.  They are especially proficient in getting all the special credits you may be allowed under tax law.  Many of the sites take appointments. If you would like to make an appointment to get your taxes done, call 2-1-1 after January 23 and they will schedule a time for you.

July 19, 2011

United States research is interesting.  It can be some of the most challenging research that can be undertaken.  Even up to the present the United States does not have a federal registry for births and marriages.  The social security death index is probably the closest thing we have to a national death index.

 

July 19, 2011

The Morgan County School Board struggled on Tuesday night to find a solution to a shortfall of more than $100,000 in transportation funds caused by the increase in fuel costs.  The largest challenge is the overruns caused by picking children up for school and dropping them off.  A secondary issue is the number and length of trips taken by activity organizations (sports, band, choir, etc) and field trips at the elementary and middle school.

 

July 7, 2011

he county council has been negotiating with the developers of Rollins Ranch for many months.  The owners of lots in the subdivision are caught in the middle of this ongoing problem of an unfinished subdivision that has not been accepted by the county, but has homes that have been constructed.  

 

September 19, 2010

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.

September 19, 2010

During the last few years school districts have been forced to rely more and more on local property taxes to supplement the money appropriated by the legislature to pay our teachers, maintain our facilities and pay for programs that enhance our students’ education.  This year, in a down economy, not only are the funds from the state budget impacted, but the local funding from property taxes will be affected as well.