Property tax notices will be going out to Summit County residents starting the beginning of November, and this year the county has made the whole process easier.
This year, the county is providing the option for property owners to have their tax notices sent via e-mail as well as through standard mail, and Treasurer Corrie Forsling said the county is making the process automated to make it much easier for tax notices to be e-mailed.
Roughly 40,000 tax bills will be sent out, Forsling said, and she is looking to create an e-mail database to make the process more convenient for those who are secondary homeowners or who simply prefer to receive tax information electronically.
Utah state law requires that one lump sum payment be made for property taxes at the end of the year, Forsling said. For those homeowners who do not have mortgage escrow accounts, she added that affording that payment can be difficult.
That is why the county started an EZPay program this year that allows residents to charge a monthly amount directly from their bank account. Homeowners can specify the amount they would like withdrawn from their account to match their ability to pay.
Forsling said the e-mail notification and EZPay program are initiatives to make the Treasurer's Office more service-oriented and to streamline the property tax process.
Although the Municipal Services and Service Area 6 Funds will see an increase this year due to the Truth-in-Taxation hearing, the great majority of residents will see an overall lower tax bill this year.
"Everyone is surprised to see that their taxes have actually gone down this year," Forsling said.
Forsling added that the county will be going to the State Legislature next year to make the e-mail tax statements a possible substitute for print statements through a change in the code.