The MSD Board of Trustees has decided not to levy a property tax in 2019.

(The following FAQ section was posted while the Board of Trustees was still considering the tax increase. The MSD will host a 2019 budget hearing during its Dec. 5, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting, however, a property tax increase will not be on the agenda)

2019 MSD Proposed Property Tax Increase Frequently Asked Questions 

Increasing Property Tax for the Municipal Services District

  • What is The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District?

    The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) is the service provider for the five Metro Townships (Copperton Metro Township, Emigration Canyon Metro Township, Kearns Metro Township, Magna Metro Township, and White City Metro Township) and the residents of Unincorporated Salt Lake County.  The MSD receives its funding from the Metro Townships and Unincorporated County and contracts with agencies to provide Public Works, Animal Services, Planning and Development, Engineering, Parks, Justice Courts, Municipal Prosecution, and Indigent Legal Services.

  • What is the difference between The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (Msd) and The Metro Townships?

    The Metro Townships are independent municipalities that are members of the MSD.  Each Metro Township has an elected Mayor and Council. These officials represent the interest of the citizens of the individual Metro Township.  The MSD Board of Trustees is made up of each of the Mayors of the Metro Townships and a member of the Salt Lake County Council.  The MSD’s role is to evaluate the needs of all the Metro Townships and Unincorporated County and to use the funding to accomplish those needs.  The MSD is the service provider and they oversee all contracts with agencies to provide the services.  The MSD Board of Trustees also has sole property tax authority over the District (5 Metro Townships and Unincorporated County).  For more information go to https://msd.utah.gov/about/

  • Who has taxing authority over the metro townships?

    Metro Township elected officials have the authority to levy sales tax, gas tax and fees. The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) Board of Trustees has the authority to levy a property tax within the District, which includes the Metro Townships and the unincorporated communities.

  • Does my metro township council have any say in the property tax?

    The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) Board of Trustees is made up of the Mayor from each Metro Township and a Salt Lake County Council member who represents the unincorporated communities. This Board, not the Metro Township Councils, has property tax authority for the District (the five Metro Townships and the unincorporated communities).

  • Why would I be paying property taxes to both Salt Lake County and the Greater Salt lake Municipal Services District (MSD)?

    Salt Lake County provides county-wide services, whereas cities and the MSD provide only municipal services within their jurisdictions. Salt Lake County is not responsible for any municipal services and does not levy taxes for them.  Municipal services include Public Works, Animal Services, Planning and Development, Engineering, Parks, Justice Courts, Municipal Prosecution, and Indigent Legal Services.

  • What is the current property tax rate of The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD)?

    The current property tax rate for the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District is 0 (zero).

  • What is the proposed 2019 property tax of the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD)?

    The MSD’s proposed property tax rate for 2019 is 0.000701.

  • What does the proposed rate mean in tax expense for my property?

    The following table represents the impact on a primary residential home.  In October 2018, the District mailed a postcard to the owner of each property with tax information specific to that property.

    Home Value (Appraised) Taxable Value Impact on Average Home
    $100,000 $55,000 $38.56
    $200,000 $110,000 $77.11
    $300,000 $165,000 $115.67
    $400,000 $220,000 $154.22
    $500,000 $275,000 $192.78
    $600,000 $330,000 $231.33
    $700,000 $385,000 $269.89
    $800,000 $440,000 $308.44
    $900,000 $495,000 $347.00
    $1,000,000 $550,000 $385.55
  • What will the property taxes be used for?

    Property taxes will be used to provide municipal services, including Public Works, Animal Services, Planning and Development, Engineering, Parks, Justice Courts, Municipal Prosecution, and Indigent Legal Services to residents of the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD).  This includes residents in Copperton Metro Township, Emigration Canyon Metro Township, Kearns Metro Township, Magna Metro Township, and White City Metro Township and of the unincorporated communities of Salt Lake County.

  • If adopted, when would the proposed property tax rate go into effect and when would it be due?

    If adopted, the property tax will be for the 2019 calendar year.  It will be on the 2019 property tax notice and will be due on November 30, 2019.

  • How can I make my voice heard about the proposed property tax of the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD)?

    The MSD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers at 2001 S State Street #N1-110.

    If you have questions not answered here please email info@msd.utah.gov or call 385-468-6703.

Assessing Real Property Value

  • How is my property valued?

    For questions about value please contact the Salt Lake County Assessor’s Office at https://slco.org/assessor/

Appealing the Value of Your Property