Some homeowners may pay more in property taxes



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Property tax increases could be coming to some homeowners in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties.

Estimated increases based on average home values range from $2 to $364 for entities in the three counties, the Deseret News reported (http://bit.ly/2bgrmkw).

Elk Ridge in Utah County tops the list with plans to about double property taxes to fund major road repairs. A resident paying $343.75 on a $286,700 home would have to pay $708.01 if the full increase is approved.

Mayor Hal Shelley says the full amount is unlikely. He said the list of needs was whittled down.

"We started out at 196 percent and we cut out this, we cut out that, we just kept paring it down as much as we can," Shelley said.

Property tax increases proposed in Ogden and North Salt Lake would be the first in those communities in decades. Both cities cite public safety needs.

The increase in Ogden would mean about $75 more in yearly property taxes for a home valued at $199,000.

City Council deputy director Janene Eller-Smith said the city had 20 open police jobs and knew there were 35 officers planning to leave because salaries were not competitive with neighboring cities.

"We just couldn't afford to lose that many police officers," she said.

Meetings on the proposed increases are expected to continue through the month.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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