The Carbon County Commission will host a public hearing regarding a proposal to increase the Carbon County Municipal Services Fund tax rate. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers at the Carbon County Administration Building (751 Wast 100 North, Price).
“If the proposed budget is approved, the Carbon County Municipal Services Fund would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 733% above last year’s property tax budgeted revenue, excluding eligible new growth,” the county shared in a notice. “The total property tax levied on a parcel of residential real property in the unincorporated area of Carbon County would increase by 16.92%. A property within the incorporated town of Scofield or the incorporated cities of East Carbon City, Helper, Price and Wellington would have no property tax increase.”
The Carbon County Municipal Services Fund tax on a $150,000 residence would increase from $25.99 to $216.48, which is $190.49 more per year. The Carbon County Municipal Services Fund tax on a $150,000 business would increase from $47.25 to $393.59, which is an additional $346.34 per year.
“All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing on the tax increase, at which the County Commission will explain the reasons for the proposed increase and at which the public may provide comments to the County Commission regarding the proposed tax increase,” the county released in a notice. “The public hearing will be held in conjunction with the public hearing on the 2020 Carbon County budget.”
The purpose of public hearing on the 2020 Carbon County budget is to receive public comment for or against the estimates of county revenue and expenditures and performance data or any item in the county fund. According to the county, all interested persons will have an opportunity to be heard.
The tentative budget will be available for review on Nov. 7 at www.carbon.utah.gov or at the office of the Carbon County Clerk at 751 East 100 North in Price.
To obtain more information regarding the tax increase, citizens may contact the Carbon County Clerk at (435) 636-3200.