Frequently Asked Questions?What does the county Assessor’s Office do?
The Assessor is required by Utah Law to list and value all property for "ad valorem" (according to value) taxation on an assessment roll each year.
The lien date or date of value is January 1. All real property is appraised according to its value as of that date.
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for, in part, valuing real and personal property, the identification of taxable status of properties (which includes greenbelt qualifications) and the review of value for the Board of Equalization.
How do I find my parcel #?
The Weber County Recorder’s Office is responsible for assigning and maintaining parcel records. Please visit our Property Search to obtain a parcel number or contact the Recorder’s Office at 801-399-8441.
How do I find information on my property characteristics?
Please visit our Property Search to view the characteristics on record for your property. If you have further questions, please call 801-399-8572.
How do I find tax information on my parcel?
The Weber County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for billing and collection of property taxes. Please visit our Property Search to obtain tax information or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 801-399-8454.
How do I change my mailing address with the County?
The Weber County Recorder’s Office is responsible for collecting and maintaining address and ownership information. Please contact the Recorder’s Office at 801-399-8441.
What is “Truth in Taxation”?
Utah has a law called Truth in Taxation. This law makes property tax revenue-driven, not rate-driven. This means, all else remaining equal, when property values rise property tax rates fall proportionally. When a taxing entity (city, county, school district, water district, etc.) proposes to increase its property tax revenues above what was budgeted the previous year, the Truth in Taxation law requires a public hearing and public notice. A Truth-in-Taxation hearing allows tax entities to lay out their case to the taxpayers the reason for the proposed increase and allows the citizens to comment on the proposed increase.
What is Market Value?
Utah code define market value as the amount at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.
Do I pay taxes on 100% of market value?
The taxable value is a percentage of "fair market value" as prescribed by law. Property is assessed as follows:
- VACANT LAND – 100% of its "fair market value"
- COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – 100% of "fair market value"
- RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (excluding personal property) – 100% of "fair market value". However, the Utah Constitution allows a primary residential exemption of 45% of the taxable value. The residential exemption is limited to one primary residence per household. This exemption applies to the first acre of land in addition to the residence in the case of a single family property.
Do I have to let the County appraiser come into my house or onto my property?
The Weber County Assessor’s Office does not demand entry on to your property. However, it is in the best interest of property owners to allow the appraiser to inspect the exterior and interior of their property and buildings. This will ensure the accuracy of the property assessment and the fairness of any resulting property taxes. Of course, property owners have the right to refuse access to Assessor’s Office personnel. If access is refused, the appraiser will estimate the value of the property using the information available.
What do I do if I find incorrect data on the Assessor’s Office website for my property? And How do I ensure this data is corrected?
The Weber County Assessor’s Office prides itself on maintaining accurate real property data as the basis of the assessments for all property owners. Please notify us immediately if you note an error in the characteristics of your property by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 801-399-8572.
How are my tax dollars distributed?
Property taxes are an important source of revenue for public (K-12) schools, law enforcement, fire departments, libraries, streets and roads, city and county government. Generally, public (K-12) schools receive the largest share of the property tax. To see how your taxes are distributed, visit our property search. Choose tax history and the year in question under option three (3) Taxing Unit Areas.
How often does the County Assessor appraise my property?
State law requires a review of physical characteristics at least once every five (5) years and assessed value adjusted to market value every year.
Why might my assessed value changed from year to year?
When market value changes, so should the assessed value. There are two reasons the assessed value would change, the first is an adjustment due to changes in the market value of properties in the area. The real estate market is fluid, with market values of properties constantly changing. As the market value of properties change, so should the assessed value. Second, if there are changes to the property itself. For instance, if you were to add a garage to your home, the assessed value would adjust to reflect the change in market value due to the addition of the garage.
If the Assessor’s Office didn’t increase my market value, why did my taxes increase?
The County Assessor does not establish the amount of property tax due. If the assessed value on your property remained the same as the previous year, the increase in your taxes can be attributed to an increase in tax rates within your particular tax area. Tax rates can increase due to a variety of reasons including, public approval of bond issues, such as school bonds, jail, etc., or an increase in the budget of a taxing entity.
Why do property taxes vary throughout the county?
There are several different taxing entities in Weber County. Cities, counties, fire districts, water districts, mosquito abatement districts, and schools all have the ability to levy taxes. Each of these entities has different budgeting needs and therefore, levy different taxes.
What if I disagree with the market value placed on my property?
You will need to file an appeal with the Clerk/Auditor’s Office no later than 45 days of the mailing of the valuation notice or, September 15th of each year, whichever is later. Find more information on the appeal process.