How Property Taxes are Used
|Taxing Entity||Governing Body||Link to Information||2017 Tax Rate|
|Grand County School District
(School - General)
|Grand County Board of Education||0.005310|
(Grand County General, Grand County - Debt, County A&C)
|Grand County Council||Information||0.002361
|Grand County Library
(Library, Library - Debt)
|Grand County Council / Library Board||County Council / Library Board||0.000561|
|Grand County Cemetery Maintenance District
(Grand County Cemetery)
|Cemetery Maintenance District Board||Meetings / Contact||0.000221|
|Grand County Water Conservancy District
|Water Conservancy District Board||Members / Info / Contact||0.000064|
|Moab Mosquito Abatement District
(Moab Mosquito Abatement)
|Mosquito Abatement District Board||Meetings / Contact||0.000216|
|Moab Valley Fire Protection District
(Moab Valley Fire)
|Moab Valley Fire Commission||Contact / Info||0.000531|
|Castle Valley Town
(Town of Castle Valley)
|Castle Valley Town Council||Information||0.002082|
|Grand County Service area for Castle Valley Fire Protection
(Castle Valley Fire)
|Castle Valley Fire Commission||Meetings / Members||0.000432|
|State of Utah
(State A&C, School - State Basic Levy, Charter School State Levy )
|Utah State Legislature / Governor / State Tax Commission||Legislature / Governor||0.001645|
Description of Taxes and Taxing Entities
Castle Valley Fire
The Grand County Service Area for Castle Valley Fire Protection encompasses all of the Town of Castle Valley and includes some additional properties in the area including Professor Valley and those along Highway 128 from Red Cliffs Lodge to Hittle Bottom. The District is responsible for fire prevention and suppression within the district boundaries.
Town of Castle Valley
The Town of Castle Valley is an incorporated municipality and is located approximately 20 miles North East of Moab. Taxes go toward all of the functions of the town including road maintenance and other services.
Grand County General
County services funded in part by this tax include, maintenance of county roads, law enforcement, criminal prosecutions, county court system, building inspections and permits, local airport, community development/planning and many more.
School – General
The Grand County School District includes all of Grand County and a portion of San Juan County located in the South East part of Spanish Valley. This local property tax for schools is used to fund many aspects of the local school system including teacher salaries.
School – State Basic Levy
This statewide property tax is created by the State Legislature. The Legislature sets the tax rate and the funds can be used by local school districts for limited purposes. Recently, the State Legislature raised this tax rate statewide and instituted an equalization program where school districts with lower relative property values receive additional money. Due to relatively high property values in Grand County, some of the revenue generated by this tax in Grand County will be distributed to other counties in the State.
Grand County – Debt
This tax is in place to pay off a bond that County voters approved in 1992 to remodel the County Courthouse, County Offices and County Jail. It is scheduled to be paid off in 2022.
A&C stands for assessing and collecting. This Statewide tax is used to reimburse the State Tax Commission for the work that it does assessing certain properties in Grand County. State assessed properties include, mining operations, pipelines, telecommunication and railroads.
A&C stands for assessing and collecting. This property tax is used to fund property tax administration in Grand County. This includes recording of land records, assessing property values, and billing and collecting property taxes. You can learn more about the functions of the Recorder’s Office, Assessor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office.
The Grand County Library is part of the County but does have a separate tax rate which provides revenue to fund the operations of the Library. The Library has its main location in Moab and a branch in Castle Valley.
Grand County Cemetery
The Grand County Cemetery Maintenance District is responsible for the maintenance of cemeteries in the County and is a county wide district.
There are several boards and districts associated with water in Grand County that are managed under the Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency (GWSSA). These include Grand County Water Conservation District, Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Service Agency, and Grand County Special Service Water District. The Grand County Water Conservation District is county wide and is only one that currently imposes a property tax. GWSSA provides irrigation water, culinary water and sewer services.
Moab Mosquito Abatement
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District has the same boundaries as the Moab Valley Fire District and encompasses all of the Moab City Limits and Spanish Valley. This district is responsible for monitoring mosquito activity and taking steps to mitigate their impact on residents. The District treats mosquito breeding areas and tests mosquitoes for diseases including West Nile Virus.
Moab Valley Fire
The Moab Valley Fire District has the same boundaries as the Moab Mosquito Abatement District and encompasses all of the Moab City Limits and Spanish Valley. This Fire District is responsible for fighting fires within the district boundaries and also contracts with San Juan County to fight fire in the South East end of Spanish Valley.
Charter School State Levy
The Charter School State Levy is not a new tax but appeared for the first time on the 2017 property tax bill. Previously, it was included in the School - State Basic Levy. Grand County has one publicly funded Charter School called the Moab Charter School. This tax rate is set by the State Board of Education and the tax money is disbursed by the State as well. While the local Charter School does establish an annual budget they do not have taxing authority to increase or decrease this tax rate.
Library – Debt