SB 29: More “Truth” in Truth in Taxation
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In 1985, Utah enacted a “Truth-in-Taxation” law that requires local governments to officially notify residents of proposed tax increases. The law has been a success, helping keep Utah residents informed and providing transparency in how their property tax dollars are being spent.
- When local governments propose a tax increase, the notice sent to residents will need to state the dollar amount the tax increase will raise.
- The notice of proposed tax increases will also need to state the primary purpose for the tax increase.
- When the tax increase is discussed at the public hearing, the primary purpose for the funds and the amount that will be raised from the proposed tax will be disclosed.
- Enables a county auditor to audit compliance with existing and new truth-in-taxation requirements.
Because SB 29 increases transparency in the process governments use to propose increases to property taxes, it deserves support.