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Thousands of residents appeal property tax in SL County

Thousands of residents appeal property tax in SL County



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Thousands of homeowners are upset with their property tax bills, and Salt Lake County has the paperwork to prove it.

Boxes and boxes of appeals have come into Salt Lake County headquarters. The county estimates 10,000 people are appealing their property valuations. That's the highest amount in a decade.

It seems this year's skyrocketing land values have something to do with it. The land under a house is worth more, but the house is worth less in many areas.

The assessor's office says it is not setting the market, just describing what's happening in the market.

The deadline to file was Monday, and Salt Lake officials say they've counted about 6,100 so far, with many boxes left to go.

The bottom line is the assessment is supposed to match what the property would sell for. Obviously thousands of people don't agree.

Meanwhile about 5,000 property owners in Davis County have filed appeals. Property owners in Utah and Weber counties have also filed more appeals than usual this year.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

(The Associated Press with information from The Salt Lake Tribune contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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