New bill helps seniors with the rise in property taxes

Jul 26, 2022, 6:52 PM | Updated: 10:14 pm

The rise in property taxes is affecting seniors’ that are on a fixed income, but local lawmakers created a bill to help combat it.

“I am paying ‘rent’ to the county,” said Duane Sjoberg, 81-year-old Bountiful homeowner.

Duane’s home (KSL TV)

Sjoberg and his wife bought their Bountiful home 52 years ago for $25,000. Now, he said homes in his neighborhood are selling for over $540,000 dollars.

“It’s really crazy that people are paying this much for houses,” said Sjoberg.

Sjoberg said he is paying as much for property taxes as he did for his mortgage.

Many senior citizens are feeling this same pain – State senator Lincoln Fillmore created a new bill to help with that pain, SB 25.

Sen. Fillmore (KSL TV)

The bill defers homeowners’ property taxes, until the property is sold or until the homeowner dies — in that case it would go to the homeowners’ heirs to pay the property taxes plus interest.

“Our goal is to keep finically vulnerable adults in their homes and not get taxed out as property taxes rise,” said Sen. Fillmore.

Ayanna and Sen. Fillmore

Fillmore said to qualify for this program you must be 75 years old or older, live on a fixed income, and a few other qualifications.

For Sjoberg, he said the property tax deferral is something he is considering.

“I was thinking if I am here for 10 more years, that’s 30,000 plus interest,” he said. “I spoke with both my kids, and they said, ‘if that’s what you want to do, do it.’”

Property taxes are not due until the end of November, but Fillmore said not every county in the state is taking part of the program.

Filmore said to call your county accessor or county clerk to see if they are offering the program and to also see if you qualify.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Cary Schwanitz

Body found under overpass at 600 North

A body was found under the overpass at 600 North Saturday morning impacting traffic.
14 hours ago
Rigby Ranch in Newton, Utah, buried in snow on March 24, 2023. The constant string of storms is mak...
Alex Cabrero

Prolonged winter delays Utah farmers’ planting season

Utah farmers are grateful for all the snow this winter and the water that will come from it, but it's also causing some challenges.
2 days ago
A Torus flywheel. (KSL TV)...
Peter Rosen

Utah man creates company devoted to flywheel energy storage

What weighs as much as a Toyota Corolla, spins at thousands of rotations per minute, and, a Utah entrepreneur hopes, might one day live in your backyard and store power to run your home? It’s called flywheel energy storage.
2 days ago
(KSL TV)...
Matt Rascon

Homeless get help, hope from SLC event that includes makeshift courtroom

Hundreds of homeless people gathered at the Salt Palace Friday to connect with services — including a makeshift courtroom — that could help get them off the streets.
2 days ago
FILE: for sale sign...
Ladd Egan

Utah home prices fall after nearly 11 years of increases

The Utah Association of Realtors reports that after 129 months of price increases, January marked the first, year-over-year decline in statewide home prices. And in February, prices dropped again.
2 days ago
Gwyneth Paltrow takes the witness stand to testify about a 2016 ski collision that caused a man to ...
Ayanna Likens

Utah law professor comments on Paltrow ski crash trial as actress takes the stand

The first week of actress Gwyneth Paltrow's trial wrapped up Friday. Paltrow is being sued over a 2016 ski accident. A University of Utah Professor of Law said this trial is very unique.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
New bill helps seniors with the rise in property taxes