Washington County of Utah

Washington County General Public Defender Contract Available

Members of the Utah State Bar in good standing are invited to apply for the following General Public Defender contract with Washington County to start on January 1, 2023:

General Public Defender Contract (1): $64,356 annual compensation plus CLE subsidy. Successful candidate will represent indigent clients as assigned by Fifth District court judges in Washington County.

Click here to download General Public Defender Contract.

Contract (see above link), Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted by October 24, 2022 to:

Nicholle Felshaw,
County Administrator
197 East Tabernacle 
St. George, UT  84770
(Google Maps)
nicholle.felshaw@washco.utah.gov
Washington County of Utah

RFP for New Administration Building Floor Cleaning

Request For Proposal for:
Floor Cleaning for Administration Building

Washington County is seeking proposals from interested and qualified companies to provide daily cleaning for the Flooring in the Administration building located at 111 E. Tabernacle Street, St. George, UT 84770 (Google Maps).

Washington County will be moving into the new Administration Building in November. The building includes 22,843 square feet of terrazzo flooring spread throughout four floors as well as 54,268 square feet of carpet. Offices are open Monday through Friday 8:00am through 5:00pm. Cleaning will need to be performed after normal business hours.

Proposals will include the following:

  1. A schedule for daily cleaning and weekly buffing of Terrazzo flooring throughout the building. Quarterly carpet cleaning schedule also to include spot cleaning on an as needed basis.
  2. A list of what equipment will be used such as buffer machines, sweepers, etc.
  3. A complete itemized list of chemicals that may be applied, implementation schedule.
  4. Provide a detailed cost proposal including equipment, labor, etc. (Washington County May provide equipment outlined in proposal)

This Request for Proposals does not constitute a contract. Washington County reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal and may elect not to proceed with any proposal. No agreement with Washington County is in effect until both parties have signed a contract. Proposals will be accepted until 4pm on October 21st at:

ATTN: Trent Gardner
SUBJECT: "New Administration Building Floor Cleaning"
197 E Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)
(435) 669-2777
trent.gardner@washco.utah.gov

Proposals may also be submitted by email with the subject line “New Administration Building Floor Cleaning” to trent.gardner@washco.utah.gov. Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Trent Gardner at (435) 669-2777.

Dixie Convention Center

RFP for Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement at Dixie Convention Center

Request For Proposal for:
Lighting Control & Fixtures Replacement
in Ballroom & Garden Room
at the Dixie Convention Center

Washington County Convention & Tourism Office is requesting proposals for replacement of the Lutron Lighting Control System and the lighting fixtures in the Ballroom and Garden Room at the Dixie Convention Center.

Interested and qualified parties must send us a Letter of Intent to Participate along with information about your company’s history, qualifications, background and referrals from past installations and projects you have completed.

Download
RFP for Replacement of the Lighting Control & Fixtures
at the Dixie Convention Center

Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, October 11th, 2022. Proposals may be submitted by email with subject line of “DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement”:

miloh@dixiecenter.com
Attn: Milo Hughes
Subject: "DCC BR & GR Lighting Replacement"
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
(Google Maps)
(435) 628-7003

Direct any questions using the contact information above either by phone or email.

Publish on: September 14, 15 and 16, 2022

Dixie Convention Center

RFP – Replacing the Existing Projectors and Screens throughout the Dixie Convention Center

Request For Proposal for:
Replacing the Existing Projectors and Screens
throughout the Dixie Convention Center

Washington County Convention & Tourism Office is requesting proposals for replacement of existing projectors and screens throughout the Dixie Convention Center.

Interested and qualified parties must send us a Letter of Intent to Participate along with information about your company’s history, qualifications, background and referrals from past installations and projects you have completed.

Download
RFP for Replacing the Existing Projectors and Screens
throughout the Dixie Convention Center

Proposals will be accepted until 1:00 PM on Monday, September 12, 2022. Proposals may be submitted by email with subject line of “DCC AV Upgrade”:

MiloH@DixieCenter.com
Attn: Milo Hughes
Subject: "DCC AV Upgrade"
Dixie Convention Center
1835 Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
(Google Maps)
(435) 628-7003

Direct any questions using the contact information above either by phone or email.

Publish on: August 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2022

Washington County Tax Districts

Property Values and Property Taxes

Property values have increased;
For many, this means property taxes have too.

A Message from Washington County Assessor Tom Durrant:

The 2022 Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Changes has been mailed and will arrive in mailboxes shortly. The notice is not a bill, it is the annual disclosure of tax rates, proposed taxes, appeal dates, and other related information. Recent, drastic changes to property values in Washington County means that most Washington County property taxpayers should expect to see a significant tax increase this year. This information is reflected on the mailed notice.

Utah requires that all property be assessed each year and taxed based on its fair market value, as valued on January 1st of that year. Utah law defines fair market value as the amount at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.

Market activity throughout the 2021 calendar year determines fair market value assessments for the current 2022 tax year. In 2021 we saw unprecedented changes in the value of Washington County real estate, particularly homes. This means the assessed values of property, particularly residential property, have increased to reflect the 2021 market activity.

What does that mean for Washington County property owners? For most, the short answer is to expect a significant tax increase this year.

Utah property tax laws prevent taxing entities (cities, counties, school districts, special service districts, etc.) from collecting more property tax revenue than they collected the previous year. This means tax rates established by the taxing entities should react opposite of the market. So, if the assessed values increase, the tax rate should decrease; if the assessed values decrease, the tax rate should increase; and if the market is stable, the tax rate should also remain stable. This allows for a consistent revenue source for the taxing entities to fund budgets.

To propose an increase to a particular tax rate, the taxing entity must go through a required notification process and conduct a hearing allowing for public comment. Each taxing entity is, however, automatically allowed to collect additional revenue each year from new growth, like new homes.

Some may be wondering: If my property isn’t “new growth” or subject to a proposed tax rate increase why am I paying more tax?

The answer is that individual property taxes can still increase even though a taxing entity is prevented from collecting more tax revenue than they collected the previous year. Simply stated, if an individual property value increase is greater than the average increase, the individual property tax will increase. This individual increase in taxes is called a tax shift.

The increase from a tax shift does not create more tax revenue. Some will pay more, and some will pay less depending on what an individual value did compared to the average value increase. These shifts happen every year for a variety of reasons and can happen on the state level, county level, municipal level, and all the way down to individual property level.

An example of a tax shift occurring this year is when one real estate market area experiences an increase in property values that is more than the increase in another market area. Also, one property type may see an increase in value more than another property type. Utah’s property tax system bases the property tax on the proportional share of the taxable value in the area. Meaning the greater the share of the taxable value, the greater the share of the property tax.

So, when residential property values increase at a higher rate than commercial property values, for example, the residential values may now have a larger proportional share of the tax area and experience a tax shift which will increase individual property taxes.

Other Utah happenings are increasing taxes this year.

In 2018, the Utah State Legislature increased and froze the State School Fund statewide tax rate for five years (2018-2022). Due to increasing market values the tax rate freeze has automatically increased the State School Fund portion of property tax each year. The State School Fund tax increase applies to all taxable property throughout the state. The Statewide Multi-County Assessing/Collecting tax rate is frozen as well.

The mailed property valuation notice includes the 2022 fair market value used for property tax purposes. Each property owner has the right to appeal the market value (not the property tax) with the County Board of Equalization. The Board of Equalization opens August 1 and runs thru September 15. Evidence supporting a change of market value must be included when filing an appeal.

More information can be found at the links below.

Washington County of Utah

Road Work: Chip Seal Schedule for August – September, 2022

Visit Road Work page for up-to-date information

The following is the tentative chip sealing schedule for Washington County roads during August and September of 2022:

  • August 8 – 10, 2022: Kolob Terrace Road Starting at the top and ending at Virgin. County sections only.
  • August 11, 2022: Goulds Wash Road from Hurricane Line to the Three Points Center.
  • August 15 – 18, 2022: New Harmony Area
    • August 15: Harmony Height Phase 2 to Cemetery
    • August 16: U-144 to 900 E., 900 E., 800 N., 1130 E., 1000 N., 1400 E., 2000 N.
    • August 17: U-144 to 1100 E., 1100 E., 500 N. 1500 E., 300 N., 460 N.
    • August 18: 3900 E., 200 S., 80 S., U-144 to 3430 E., 3430 E., Santa Rosa Dr., 3500 E.
  • August 22 – 25, 2022: Finish New Harmony side and Start Black Ridge Ranches
    • August 22: 2900 E. library, finish U-144
    • August 23: Old Hyw. 91 from Kolob Canyons to Badger Way, Badger Way, 2130 S., 2650 S.
    • August 24 – 25: Black Ridge Ranches Area Roads
  • August 29 – September 1, 2022: Black Ridge Ranches Area Roads
  • September 6 – 8, 2022: Black Ridge Ranches Area Roads, Old Highway 91, Badger Way
  • September 12 – 15, 2022: Kolob Ranches Area Roads, Old Highway 91 finish everything up

Please use caution and slow down when driving around work crews.

Visit Road Work page for up-to-date information