What Do We Do?
What does the county assessor’s office do? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our citizens. The Weber County Assessor’s Office estimates the market value for over 108,000 real and personal property accounts. This provides the foundation for the funding of local services such as public schools, police and fire protection, libraries and other services.
Below is a list of items our office is responsible for:
- Valuation of Real Property
- Review of Real Property Board of Equalization Appeals
- Valuation of Personal Property
What is the county assessor’s office not responsible for?
- Taxes. The assessor’s office does not set tax rates. The various taxing entities within each tax district set the tax rate based on their annual budget. The sum of these rates is called the overall tax rate or mil levy.
- Generating additional revenue through reappraisal. While it is typically true that if your assessed property value increases, the tax due increases as well. However, this results in a decrease in the overall tax rate in your tax district rather than a swelling of the coffers. Instead of increasing revenue through reappraisal, additional revenue is generated through a process called Truth in Taxation. When a taxing entity (city, county, school district, etc.) proposes a budget increase, they must hold a public hearing to explain why the additional revenue is required and allow taxpayers to comment on the increase. The Truth in Taxation law prevents taxing entities from increasing revenue through reappraisal, and notifies the public of requested revenue increases.