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Posted on: October 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Property Taxes Fund Public Safety

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Did you know that City property taxes fund our Police and Fire Departments? In fact, South Jordan City uses those property taxes to pay for 100% of your Police Department and approximately 19% of your Fire Department. The rest of the Fire Department funding comes from sales tax revenue. Considering our residents have told us time and time again in our annual resident survey that having a safe community is a top priority, that sounds like some REAL value for the tax dollar.

Here are some other fun facts to remember about how property taxes work in Salt Lake County and what portion the City receives.

  • South Jordan’s property tax rate has declined for the past 5 years.
  • South Jordan’s property tax rate is lower than more than half the other cities in the County.
  • The City only receives $0.15 of of every dollar paid in property tax and that accounts for nearly a quarter of the City’s budgeted general fund revenues.
  • The Jordan School District receives the largest amount of your tax dollars at 39%, followed by the county at 16%, the State Basic School levy and the City at 15% and the Salt Lake County Library at 4%.

Check out the graphic below to see the breakdown in a visual format.


*Herriman’s and Riverton’s numbers below include their police and fire service district rates. In a previous version of this graphic, the fire service rates were counted twice for Herriman.

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