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Provo Group Seeks Property Tax Reform

Provo Group Seeks Property Tax Reform



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Greg Neft, KSL Newsradio With rising home values along the Wasatch Front, there's a call for property tax reform, like the reform instituted in California more than 25 years ago.

It was called Proposition 13, and essentially it limited property tax increases for existing homeowners. Now a Provo group wants to do that here. "This issue comes up periodically," Salt Lake County Assessor Lee Gardner said.

But Gardner said there's a downside to Proposition 13-style reform. "One person might be paying on their property, $1,000 for example, and the house next door would be paying $5,000," he explained.

And Gardner said it also takes a toll on services funded by property tax. "The funding was not there. The programs weren't there," he said.

But the Provo group wanting to introduce reform said they aren't opposed to taxes, they just want a more fair assessment.

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