Below is an overview of a residential property tax exemption bill that will be proposed by Representative Gage Froerer in the 2009 General Session of the Utah Legislation.
If passed the bill will provide relief for many residential property owners in Weber County and elsewhere who were required by county ordinance to build their homes on larger than one acre of land. The bill would also provide a vehicle for counties to penalize those individuals that illegally claim the homeowner’s exemption on multiple properties within the state.
We recommend that you give this bill your consideration, and if in agreement with it’s intent, e-mail, write or call your state representatives and senators in support of 2009FL-0057/001.
Sharon and Larry Zini
PROPERTY TAX - RESIDENTIAL
2009 GENERAL SESSION
STATE OF UTAH
This bill amends provisions of the Property Tax Act relating to the residential property tax exemption.
• Amends the size of residential property that may qualify for a residential exemption due to a local zoning requirement for residential property;
• Provides that a county assessor may require an owner of residential property to file a statement showing that the property qualifies for the residential exemption with the county assessor if:
-- the residential property is sold; or
-- the county assessor has reason to believe that the residential property no longer qualifies for the residential property tax exemption;
• Provides a penalty for falsely obtaining a residential property tax exemption;
• Defines terms; and
• Makes technical changes.
This bill takes effect on January 1, 2010.
To read the proposed bill in its entirety, click here.