Washington County of Utah

State of the County- Part 3 of 6

With our residents at the top of mind, the Washington County Commission is committed to finding ways to cut costs and maintain our status as “the lowest tax rate in the state”.

As we know, Washington County is an attractive location for tourism. Thanks to the positive economic impact of our visitors to our beautiful county, this lowers our resident’s taxes each year.

Watch this video as Commissioner Snow, Iverson, and Almquist talk to us about the positive impacts that are made by our community sales tax and tourism revenue.

Washington County Sheriff logo

The Passing of Former Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our beloved former Washington County Sheriff, Cory Pulsipher, has passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sheriff Pulsipher retired from his post last December after 35+ years in Washington County law enforcement. His love for the people of Washington County and his efforts to serve and protect them was unparalleled. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

In this video, we honor the years of service Cory gave to our county and the positive impact he made on numerous individuals in our community.

How has Washington County maintained one of the lowest tax rates in Utah state?

How has Washington County maintained one of the lowest tax rates in Utah state?

The Commissioner’s commitment to low taxes is of high importance and they are continuously reevaluating budgets and expenditures to support that.

As a legislative body, the commissioners work with other elected officials and department heads through the budgeting process to find ways to keep a conservative balanced budget.

Watch this video as Commissioner Snow, Iverson, and Almquist describe the steps they took and continue to take to keep Washington County at one of the lowest tax rates in the entire state of Utah.

Colorado River, Moab, Utah

VIDEO: Colorado River Authority Act of Utah 2021

New Colorado River Authority Act enacted to protect water interests in Utah.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (March 10, 2021) — Utah’s 2021 Legislature passed the Colorado River Authority of Utah Act addressing management of the state’s interests in the Colorado River system.

A new six member council from across Utah will include a member representing Washington County’s Conservancy District.

Washington County Commissioners applaud efforts to preserve and protect water interests which are critical to southern Utah’s water needs in the near future.

Intergenerational Poverty Committee

Washington County addresses Intergenerational Poverty using Mentors

While Utah is currently enjoying a higher level of employment, poverty continues to be challenging. Utah’s Lt. Governor Spencer Cox created an Intergenerational Poverty Committee, or IGP, two years ago, to address how to handle the recurring problem from generation to generation. Lt. Gov. Cox asked counties to put together a plan to address issues related to it.

The goal is to reduce the number of Utah families in the cycle of poverty. Washington County’s IGP Committee is using middle class mentors and education, hoping to change the trend of the families impacted.

Rockville Springdale Fire Agreement

Rockville Springdale Fire Agreement

Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously to hand over the Rockville/Springdale Fire District to Hurricane Valley Special Fire District.

The change in management is to smooth over budget problems and concerns by citizens in the communities. Much of the problem lies with increased calls in Zion National Park. But some residents still aren’t convinced that fire coverage will be adequate to cover future needs. The RSFD board has until December 2019 to come up with their own solution or become permanent under the Hurricane District.

Washington County Fair on August 9 - 12

Washington County Fair on August 9 — 12

Washington County Fair celebrates 20 years!

“Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh my!” That’s what you’ll see if you attend the Washington County Fair in Hurricane this week, Aug. 9-12. Fair goers will help celebrate 20 years with a theme of “There’s no place like home.” Fair Director Wendy Sandberg said this year promises everything they’ve encountered in the past, and more. For more information go to