Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

Centrally Assessed Taxes, S3 EP1-2

Centrally Assessed Taxes are assessed on unitary properties such as rail roads, airlines or utility companies. These are properties that cross county and even state lines. It is difficult to assess the value of these properties because they are unique and the companies often appeal the tax values that the tax division assigns. This has created a problem for the counties because they feel that these large companies should be paying on the value that the tax division assigns. In Utah we have a system where the taxing entities cannot collect more revenue without completing Truth in Taxation. However, when the tax dollars for centrally assessed taxes go down the difference has to come from somewhere. As a result there has been a shift in the tax burden from the unitary properties onto residential property taxes. The state and the counties are seeking a system where everyone pays their fair share. The problem is that everyone feels that they are paying their fair share of taxes.