Notice of Proposed Tax Increase for Washington County School District

The Washington County School District is proposing to increase its property tax revenue.

  • The Washington County School District tax on a $245,197 residence would increase from $622.10 to $630.06, which is $7.96 per year.
     
  • The Washington County School District tax on a $245,197 business would increase from $1,131.09 to $1,145.56, which is $14.47 per year.
     
  • If the proposed budget is approved, Washington County School District would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 1.85% above last year’s property tax budgeted revenue excluding new growth.

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing on the tax increase.

PUBLIC HEARING

Date/Time: 8/9/2016 @ 6:00PM
Location: Washington County School District Office
121 W. Tabernacle Street
St. George, Utah 84770
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To obtain more information regarding the tax increase, citizens may contact Washington County School District at 435.673.3553.

Board of Equalization Appeal is Open (August 1st)

Board Of Equalization Appeal is open on Monday, August 1, 2016.

The Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Change is mailed annually at the end of July to all property owners in Washington County and indicates the current real property market value, estimated taxes and tax entities’ hearing schedules. (If a tax increase is proposed by a taxing entity, a date and time will be shown.)

This document is extremely important and provides taxpayers with a yearly accounting of their current market value, property classification and instructions for appealing market value to the Board of Equalization.

If you have not received the “notice”, please contact the Washington County Clerk/Auditor at 435-634-5712 for a duplicate copy.

Opening for Public Defender

Washington County has a Public Defender Contract Available
Members of the Utah State Bar in good standing are invited to apply for the following Washington County public defender contract:

Public Defender Contract (1): $52,356 annual compensation plus CLE subsidy. Successful candidate will represent indigent clients as assigned by Fifth District court judges in Washington County.

Copies of the contracts are available online at www.washco.utah.gov. Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted to Dean Cox at 197 East Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770 by July 22, 2016.

Local ‘State of Emergency’ Declaration

Whereas, the Saddle Fire started burning in rough and inaccessible terrain on Pine Valley Mountain on or about June 13, 2016;

Whereas, high winds, high temperatures, steep slopes, and rocky terrain prevented firefighters from safely attacking the fire in its early stages;

Whereas, multiple drone intrusions have resulted in the compromised safety and well-being of aircraft and flight crews and have further hampered firefighting efforts;

Whereas, the Saddle Fire continues to grow and poses an immediate threat to the Town of Pine Valley, and its infrastructure.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on behalf of the citizens of Washington County, the Washington County Commission hereby declares this to be a Local ‘State of Emergency’ and hereby authorizes the Sheriff and other lawful Officials to take necessary measures including, but not limited to: road closures and evacuations — as are consistent with the preservation of life and property, and with effectively supporing fire suppression efforts.

DATED, this 21st day of June, 2016

SIGNED: Victor Iverson, Acting Commission Chair

ATTEST: Kim Hafen, County clerk

Click here to view signed official document

If you have questions or comments, please contact us:

Alan Gardner, Commission Chair (Send an Email)
Victor Iverson, Acting Commission Chair (Send an Email)
Zachary Renstrom, Commissioner (Send an Email)

197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
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F: 435.634.5753
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Notice of Property Sale

Washington County hereby offers to sell as surplus property; a parcel of property located generally east of the Kolob Pines Subdivision in Kolob, and more particularly described as: Lot 5, containing 2 acres, which is 1/20th of NW ¼ NE ¼ Section 19 T39S R10W SLB&M (Containing 40 acres), with an undivided 1/20 interest in all rights (hunting rights, wood rights, water rights, etc.) pertaining and belonging to the above 40 acres Account #145741 Serial #100-C-HV. A public auction will be held, starting at 10 a.m. on the date of July 6, 2016 in the Commission Chambers of the Washington County Administration building, 197 E Tabernacle, St. George, Utah. It is anticipated that award of bid to the highest bidder will be made as part of the regular County Commission meeting to be held at 4:00 p.m. on July 19, 2016.

The minimum bid has been set at $3,900. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase is payable in cash or cash equivalent at the time of the sale with the balance due within thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Further information may be obtained at the Washington County Clerk-Auditor’s Office, 197 E Tabernacle, St. George, Utah, prior to the public auction.

The Washington County Commission reserves the right to reject any or all bids for any reason whatsoever.

To be published in The Spectrum on June 22, 2016

Road Work – Highway U-144, Old Highway 91 & Dammeron Valley

The following are construction or maintenance work on roads within Washington County:

  • June 27, 2016 – June 30, 2016, Dammeron Valley West Side
    Washington County Roads will be sweeping all roads in the Dammeron Valley West Side in preparation for chip sealing.
  • June 29, 2016 – June 30, 2016 and July 5, 2016 – July 7, 2016, Highway U-144
    Washington County Roads will be sweeping Highway U-144 from I-15 Exit #42 to New Harmony Township Line by the cemetery including Harmony Heights subdivision phase 2 including 400 E., 200 S., and 800 E. in preparation for chip sealing.
  • July 5, 2016 – July 7, 2016, Old Highway 91
    Washington County Roads will be sweeping Old Highway 91 from I-15 Exit #40 to I-15 Exit #36 in preparation for chip sealing.
  • July 11, 2016 – July 12, 2016, Dammeron Valley West Side Area
    Washington County Roads will be chip sealing roadways in the Dammeron Valley West Side Area. “Keep garbage cans 5 feet off of the roadway edges and NO parking on roadways or roadway edges.”
  • July 13, 2016 – July 14, 2016 and July 18, 2016 – July 19, 2016, Highway U-144
    Washington County Roads will be chip sealing Highway U-144 from I-15 Exit #42 to New Harmony Township Line by the cemetery including Harmony Heights subdivision phase 2 including 400 E., 200 S., and 800 E. “No parking on roadway edges.”
  • July 19, 2016 – July 20, 2016, Old Highway 91
    Washington County Roads will be chip sealing Old Highway 91 from I-15 Exit #40 to I-15 Exit #36. “No parking on roadway edges.”
  • July 26, 2016 – July 28, 2016, Dammeron Valley West Area
    Washington County Roads will be sweeping all loose chips off of roadways in the Dammeron Valley West Area.
  • July 27, 2016 – July 28, 2016 and August 1, 2016 –August 4, 2016, Highway U-144
    Washington County Roads be sweeping all loose chips off of Highway U-144 from I-15 Exit #42 to New Harmony Township Line by the cemetery including Harmony Heights subdivision phase 2 including 400 E., 200 S., and 800 E.
  • August 8, 2016 – August 10, 2016, Old Highway 91
    Washington County Roads be sweeping all loose chips off of Old Highway 91 from I-15 Exit #40 to I-15 Exit #36.
  • August 12, 2016, Highway U-144
    Straight Stipe will be painting all roadway markings on Highway U-144 from I-15 Exit #42 to New Harmony Township Line by the cemetery and Old Highway 91 from I-15 Exit #40 to I-15 Exit #36.

* All Road Work have the same start and end time during specified days listed above.

Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 6:00 PM

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Washington County Road Department at (435) 634-5736.

Zion National Park

Vote Your Park

Vote for your park here!

Your votes will help unlock $2 million in preservation funding. Vote daily until July 5 for the five parks you want to see receive a share of $2 million in American Express funding for a preservation project.

Zion National Park encompasses some of the most moving canyon views in the United States with sandstone cliffs and blue sky as far as the eye can see. The remarkable 1.1 mile Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel connects Zion to touring destinations such as Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon, allowing visitors a scenic drive. A $191,000 grant will support needed preservation work on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway.

#VoteYourPark

Washington County Seeks Witnesses to Help Keep Roads in the County Open and Accessible

Contact:
Alan Gardner, Commissioner (435) 467-9312
Victor Iverson, Commissioner (435) 773-3078
Zachary Renstrom, Commissioner (435) 231-3874
Celeste Maloy, Deputy County Attorney (435) 986-2635

St. George and Hurricane, Utah — The County Commission is hosting open houses for individuals who used roads, especially dirt roads, located within the county prior to 1976. The County has an ongoing lawsuit against the federal government to protect local roads and needs help from local residents to establish that roads were used by the public during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Potential witnesses should be at least 60 years old, have memories of using local roads, and be willing to share their memories in an effort to establish that the roads were used continuously for 10 years or more prior to 1976.

Open houses are scheduled for:

June 21, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
County Commission Chambers
197 East Tabernacle St.
St. George, UT 84770

June 23, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hurricane City Library
36 South 300 West
Hurricane, UT 84737

Please come and share your knowledge of local history with the County Commission.

Slide The City

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Don’t forget to register for Slide the City taking place on June 4th! Late registration ends tomorrow! The proceeds of this awesome event will go to the Washington County Children’s Justice Center.