RLESA

Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area

Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA)
Q&A

What is the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA)? The Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA) is a newly created taxing district created for the purpose of collecting property taxes to pay for law enforcement services.

Change in taxing districts will be shown on your 2018 property tax statements, in which RLESA will replace the current Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) taxing district.

Why is this change being made? Riverton City created the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area in part to mitigate the 2018 property tax increase already approved by Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA).

How will this affect my property tax? With the change in taxing districts, Riverton City residents will see a property tax savings in 2018.

Why does the RLESA notice say it's proposing a tax increase?
Because RLESA is a new entity, state law requires it show as a 100% increase. However, if you compare the proposed amount on the 2018 RLESA postcard to the SLVESA (shown on statement as SL Vly Law Enforcement) line on your 2017 property tax statement, you will see that the 2018 dollar amount proposed for RLESA is actually lower, resulting in a property tax savings. 

Will Unified Police Department continue to serve Riverton City? Yes. Police service will continue to be provided by Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake (UPD).

Why am I receiving a tax notice for both law enforcement service areas? Truth in taxation requires local taxing entities to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals. Utah’s Code requires SLVLESA tax increase notification to be sent to all properties currently located within SLVLESA boundaries. Because Riverton is still a member of SLVLESA until the end of December 2017, SLVLESA was required to send tax notifications to Riverton residents.

While both taxing districts have sent notifications, property owners in Riverton City WILL NOT be subject to any taxation by SLVLESA.

• As part of the notification of proposed tax increase for RLESA, property owners will see the following statement:

Riverton residents may disregard similar notification from Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA). Riverton will no longer be a part of SLVLESA beginning January 2018. 

• As part of the notification of proposed tax increase for SLVLESA, property owners will see the following statement:

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF RIVERTON, HERRIMAN AND MILLCREEK
Riverton, Herriman and Millcreek have finalized procedures for withdrawal of their cities from SLVLESA effective this December. Upon final approval of those withdrawals the residents of the three cities will not be subject to any taxation by SLVLESA including this 2018 tax increase.

Who will serve as the governing board for RLESA? The governing board for RLESA is comprised of the Riverton City Council Members and Mayor.