Our duty – as set forth by statute – requires the Assessor to evaluate property, both real and personal, at its respective fair market value as a vehicle for the purpose of taxation.
Our objective is to efficiently conduct and complete our duties as fairly, accurately, and equitably as possible. Our priority to the taxpayer and the community must remain one of competent service and cooperation.
Commitment to Serve
- A customer is the most important visitor on our premises
- He is not dependent on us – we are dependent on him
- He is not an interruption of our work – he is the purpose of it
- He is not an outsider to our business – he is part of it
- We are not doing him a favor by serving him – he is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so
What Do We Do?
What does the county assessor’s office do? This is one of the 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.
First, let’s discuss what the assessor’s office does. Below is a list of things that our office is responsible for.
Next, let’s talk about what we are not responsible for in our office
- 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. Utah has a law called Truth in Taxation. What this law does is when a taxing entity (city, county, school district, etc) proposes a budget increase, they must hold a public hearing to explain the reasons for the increase and allow taxpayers to comment on the increase. The Truth in Taxation law prevents the different taxing entities from increasing revenue through reappraisal.