“Teacher and staff wages will not be impacted this year, ” said spokesman John Moss. “However, some of the capital projects that were scheduled or purposed will need to be canceled or postponed due to lack of funds.”
County Manager Mike Davis told the outlet the shortfall was due to the mistake is more than$ 1 million. The local fire department will also be short $253,000, while the local commons territory will be short $138,000. Central Utah Water will too be short $217,000.
“Dear God, help us all, ” said county parliament Chairman Danny Goode during a brief prayer before a Nov. 4 convene addressing the error and an influence on taxpayers over the next several years.
Wasatch County officials say they “deeply regret” the error and are putting in safeguards to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Officials say taxpayers may encounter an increased tax rate over the next three years to make up for the lower amount collected.
“An abnormality of almost$ 1 billion is a big deal, and it should have been caught, ” County Manager Mike Davis told Deseret News on Thursday. “There are checks in place that it should have been looked at. We will modify those in the future and do a better job.”
County Assessor Maureen “Buff” Griffiths said the error took place back in May when her office was preparing for the June tax deadline. She says it wasn’t caught until after the tax rate was certified by the Utah State Tax Commission and property tax notices were sent out to residents in July, according to the outlet. The homeowner — who was happy they found the error — wasn’t even aware of the mistake until the assessor’s office reached out to them.
“I’m thinking it was a data enter that would be something like they put their telephone on the keyboard and it kicked out all these amounts without corroborating, ” Griffiths said, according to Deseret News. “That’s how crazy it was.”
When asked how the$ 6 million receipt windfall proceeded unnoticed, officials attributed it to the county’s rapid growth in recent years.
“It’s very unfortunate, ” Griffiths told the outlet. “We’ll make sure it doesn’t hurt our people again.”
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