council urges awareness of services during county government
April 30, 2009 | LOGAN -- By proclamation of the Cache
County Council, May 3-9 will be designated National
County Government Week.
The proclamation touts the responsibilities taken
on by county governments and the services they provide.
It urges citizens to visit their county’s government
offices and “become more aware of the importance of
the services rendered.”
“Counties have a long history of providing critical
services,” reads the proclamation. “County governments
are the citizen’s local government voice, providing
solutions that bring communities together.”
In her annual report, County Assessor Kathleen Howell
gave the council an overview of the duties her office
provides. In addition to the appraisal and valuation
of homes and land, Howell said her 18 employees also
appraise, bill and collect taxes on business property
and also run the county’s motor vehicle office.
Howell said her office must land within a margin of
90-110 percent of acceptable value when making assessments
or the state will take the matter over. Of the 42,000
parcels the office taxes, and therefore must revalue
each year, only 468 ended in appeals last year. Of those,
only 59 went on to state appeals.
She added that decisions are starting to come back
from the appeal process, and all have been found in
favor of the office so far.
“That doesn’t mean we won, because they can go on
to a formal hearing now, but clearly it sends a message
that our values are fair,” Howell said.
An open public hearing regarding the 2009 budget failed
to attract any input.
In other business, the council voted to:
- make several small adjustments to the 2009 budget.
- approve a resolution formed at its last meeting
instructing the county recorder’s office to open from
noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
- approve the 2009 weed control policy.
- approve a resolution increasing access to the Hyrum
library for county residents living in unincorporated