Summit County rolls over after denying tax-exempt status for properties owned by nonprofits
Reversing a previous statement, Summit County is preparing to offer tax-exempt status to three nonprofits that own millions of dollars in assets.
The county previously said a handful of nonprofits failed to submit full applications before the March 1 deadline to avoid having to pay property taxes.
Auditor Micheal Howard said lack of communication between staff and premature parental leave in the office resulted in the loss of some requests in the reshuffle.
“He just ran out,” he said.
Now, the Park City Historical Society, the Corporation of Episcopal Church in Utah, and the Christian Center of Park City are set to join the list of over 100 exemptions granted this year for land owned by non-profit organizations. non-profit.
Rob Harter, executive director of the Christian Center, said he was relieved to know that the confusion had not been on the nonprofit’s side and could put it behind it.
“We are relieved to hear the county confirm to us that we had indeed applied for the property tax exemption on time and that we had not dropped the ball,” he said. “I am delighted that this issue has been resolved.”
Nonprofits are required to apply to the county each year to have their property exempt from tax. The initial report accompanying the presentation to the departmental council earlier this month, reported that five nonprofits missed the application deadline. The American Ski and Snowboard Association and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salt Lake City were the other two organizations.
A spokesperson for US Ski and Snowboard said the nonprofit would appeal the decision to the state’s tax commission. The non-profit organization’s center of excellence has been denied tax-exempt status after receiving it in the past.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Salt Lake City received partial approval, with the county rejecting a significant portion of a 22-acre parcel that remains vacant, determining that only 5 acres are exempt from tax.
Howard said his office mismanaged requests from the Christian Center and the Episcopal Church and that his office was also tasked with granting the Park City Historical Society the exemption.
A spokesperson for the Episcopal Diocese of Utah said the church applied on February 25 and received confirmation at that time.
“When we found out that the list had not been filed, we tracked it down and informed Summit County with the dates and the paper trail. The county confirmed the case was received by that date and resolved it quickly, ”said Craig Wirth, church communications director. “We appreciate that Summit County has been very responsive and that everything is going well.”
According to county records, the changes granted tax-exempt status to nearly $ 9 million of properties owned by the three nonprofits.