The beginning of May marks the start of the centrally assessed tax appeal season. Within 30 days, centrally assessed taxpayers should have filed any appeals on their values. Counties then have another 30 days to cross appeal any taxpayer appeal. This year, Utah’s counties are better prepared than ever to make informed decisions for the benefit of their locally assessed tax base.
Yesterday, the Centrally Assessed Property Oversight committee met for the first time. This committee—which, as of the publication date of this article, has signed agreements from 26 of Utah’s 29 counties—will review and analyze centrally assessed appeals and then present its analysis to the legislative body of Utah’s counties in an effort to provide information and a chance for collaboration as each county goes through its own process to decide whether or not to become involved in challenging individual taxpayer appeals.
After a healthy debate over its scope of responsibility, the Oversight committee elected not to form a subcommittee to review taxpayer appeals, but rather elected to manage that role itself. The Oversight committee includes a designee from each county that opts to participate in the process. Additional county officials are encouraged to participate, but each county has identified one official designee.
It is our anticipation that managing the counties’ participation in the centrally assessed appeals process this way will decrease the expense to counties to litigate taxpayer appeals by streamlining our actions. If you have any questions regarding the Centrally Assessed Property Oversight committee, please call Adam, Brandy, or Arie at UAC.