Wasatch County Council Agenda Includes Assessor Staff, County Trails

County trails, additional staff for the Assessor’s office and an annexation agreement are all on the Wasatch County Council’s agenda Wednesday.

Wasatch County Council meets in a regular session Wednesday at 3:00 pm in the county administration building located at 25 North Main in Heber.

Council will begin by discussing potentially participating in funding for a countywide trail planner. The position would be through the Mountainland Association of Governments with funding coming from MAG, Midway, Heber and the county health department.

The council will also discuss and possibly approve two additional staff for the County Assessor’s office. One appraisal technician and a certified residential appraiser. The discussion of adding staff to the office comes after a clerical error—made in May 2019 and later discovered in the fall—cost government entities an under-collection of six million dollars in county taxes. The original mistake was related to an overestimated value of a home in the Twin Creeks area.

In the counties published summary of events regarding the six million tax error, the county pointed at hiring additional staff in the assessor’s office as part of a plan to ensure avoiding a similar mistake in the future, council will be discussing whether to move towards hiring more help in the assessor’s office.

The council will also consider approving an annexation agreement with Midway City for a portion of Wasatch Mountain State Parks. In order to maintain the resort tax status that Midway City currently benefits from more rental capacity is needed. Midway hopes to add that through campsites at Wasatch Mountain State Park with approximately five square miles to the cities land use map. The result would be nearly 500 more transient rental capacity, without adding development to the city. In order to annex the land, the city must come to an agreement with the county council.

Additionally, the council will hold half-a-dozen public hearings in connection to requests regarding parcel subdivisions, recreation resort parks and approving a new road plat.

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