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Homeowners in the Jordanelle area are declaring an emergency over proposed changes to fire and EMT fees.
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Peter Kemp

Salt Lake City, UT

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Apr 5, 2011
 
'When the area was planned, fire protection fees were assigned based on how many of the total units in the area a developer was approved to build. The cost of building and maintaining the fire station near Mayflower was split equally among all property owners based on the number of lots in their projects.
Because of the recession, several developers have defaulted. Litigation has been unsuccessful, so Wasatch County is considering changing how those services are funded, explained Mike Kohler, a member of the Wasatch County Council, which is also the fire board."
Unreal. The developers default on what they agreed to, so change the rules to move their burden on to the few who are paying.
It appears that the unpaid dues can't be collected by attaching to property taxes or liening their property...so what protections were actually put in place by the county to ensure payment? Sounds like the screwed that up big time.
Next question...If they aren't paying now, what makes the district think these deadbeats will pay under the new structure. My guess is they will flip the bird at that too.
Next Question...do any homeowners in Wasatch County outside of the assessment area pay extra fees on top of their property taxes for THEIR fire service? Nope, didn't think so.
Fire protection and other services should be shared equally by all taxpayers. Under this argument that homeowners in the assessment areas should pay for the Jordanelle Station, then those in other areas should pay separately for their service, and not get any of my tax money. Oh, and I don't have kids so I don't want to pay school taxes, let those you have kids and use the schools pay for that. How is this proposal any different? It isn't...it's complete nonsense.
JoAneen

Park City, UT

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Apr 6, 2011
 
Peter, you are so right... to make it worse if you live in this assessed area you already pay for Wasatch County Fire thru your property taxes and then you pay AGAIN seperately for the Jordanalle.
Why??? according to the Attorney for the Council because (are you ready?) the Developers ask for full time professional fire protection....only now they are not paying.
Side bar question: Is the Wasatch Attorney actually saying that the Volunteer Fire Fighters are not "Professional"????
Does this mean the assessed areas can now put into motion that we will take a volunteer service just like Heber and Oakley....then we can just have it paid for by our property taxes(ohh... we already do!!)
Elevated Citizen

Park City, UT

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Apr 6, 2011
 
The proportionality issue of the rest of the County benefiting from the Jordanelle Fire Station isn't even mentioned. Why?
Isn't it interesting that the County Council is also the Fire Board?
Peter Kemp

Kamas, UT

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Apr 6, 2011
 
JoAneen wrote:
Peter, you are so right... to make it worse if you live in this assessed area you already pay for Wasatch County Fire thru your property taxes and then you pay AGAIN seperately for the Jordanalle.
Why??? according to the Attorney for the Council because (are you ready?) the Developers ask for full time professional fire protection....only now they are not paying.
Side bar question: Is the Wasatch Attorney actually saying that the Volunteer Fire Fighters are not "Professional"????
Does this mean the assessed areas can now put into motion that we will take a volunteer service just like Heber and Oakley....then we can just have it paid for by our property taxes(ohh... we already do!!)
If they argue that everyone else in Wasatch County has volunteer service, therefore is not a tax burden like the full-time staffed Jordanelle Station...then let me ask, who pays for the buildings, maintenance, trucks, equipment, etc? Oh, I thought so: property taxes. Property taxes that everyone in the county pays, including those in this proposed assessment area.

This proposal SHOULD be found illegal. If enough owners representing 50% of the assessed value in the assessment area protest in writing, the proposal is automatically dead. If not, the county claims those in the assessment area should "forever hold their peace" and this will happen. If that's the case, this will wind up in a lawsuit, surely they didn't think they could quietly and quickly slip this in with just one mailing and notice in "The Wasatch Wave."

The JSSD water and sewer bond was just as much a scam, but no homeowners were around to protest it when the developers agreed to it 10+ years ago...so the owners have been paying north of $1,500 a year for ten years to pay that off (on top of monthly water fees and property taxes.) What citizens of Wasatch County, except those on the Jordanelle, ever had to pay a separate assessment to pay for water/sewer in their specific areas? I am guessing NONE.

Costs for infrastructure should be paid for equally out of property taxes by EVERYONE in the county. Why? Because the infrastructure makes it possible to develop property and substantially increase the tax base to the benefit of EVERYBODY in the county. With assessed values of more than $400,000,000 in Deer Crest alone, they pay well over $4 million dollars into the Wasatch County Tax coffers, and are mostly second homes so they don't use the schools or most other county services (and don't get the owner/occupant tax break).

It does not make sense to "pick and choose" certain areas and charge them separately for services on top of existing property taxes. What's next, charging residents on the east side of the Jordanelle extra fees for snowplowing? Police protection?

The reality is this: when funds are short, Wasatch County glances over at the Jordanelle and says, "let's get it from them."

NOT this time fellows.
Mountain Top Dweller

Kamas, UT

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Apr 6, 2011
 
This is just crazy, I live in this area and have had a hard time just paying the monthly assessment which is already double taxation as I pay my yearly property taxes as well, so I already am paying two times a year for the same thing as it is. In addition, I live in a controlled affordible Housing area of this ditrict and there is no mention of any releaf on this new Tax.

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