“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin.
You have probably seen the “Notice of Proposed Tax Increase” in the July 27 edition of The Morgan County News stating that the Morgan School District would like to increase its property tax budgeted revenue.
Anytime a taxing entity changes a tax rate, a Truth in Taxation notice and hearing is required by state law to inform the local tax payers. While this action does not require a vote of the public, the board wants your support on behalf of the public school students in Morgan County.
Due to increased county assessed values, the Utah State Tax Commission is actually lowering the current certified tax rate, which may lower your tax bill.
Rather than letting the rate drop, the Morgan Board of Education has the authority to maintain the previous rate or to adjust it.
New growth has produced some needs for the school district above what the current budget allows. The board believes it is practical to add a new school bus to the district fleet annually.
They would also like to make technology more available in the classrooms. The school buildings in the district are deteriorating and need some mechanical controls.
Modification of the forthcoming certified tax rate could provide financial solutions while allowing the district the ability to improve district funds. This is important money that can be used to acquire land for future district building needs.
This effort would also allow the board to recapture funds deducted from district revenues resulting from a settlement between the Utah State Tax Commission and the Union Pacific Railroad in the amount of $79,346 on centrally assessed property taxes collected and distributed during 2007-2013. This is referred to as a judgment recovery and would require the board to impose a judgment levy if they do not increase the forthcoming tax rate.
The members of the Morgan School District Board of Education have worked diligently to “tighten the belt” to ensure that district revenues cover expenditures. They are conscious of their stewardship and the sacred trust placed upon them as elected officials. As a board, they are tasked with providing the best opportunities for children in the most efficient manner possible and they need your help to do it.
A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Morgan High School Auditorium and you’re invited.
Attendees are invited to share brief comments. Please look at the school district assessments on your current tax notice before you come to the hearing and see what this proposal does to the amount of taxes you are projected to pay. The amount may be lower than you had anticipated.