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Utah State Law allows services fees from local governments and districts to be added to the property taxes under the “fees” category. The amounts must be certified and submitted to the county timely each year. This is standard practice for many government entities. The fees are added until paid either directly to the town in the amount shown in your monthly water/garbage invoice/statement or through the Utah County Treasurer’s office with your property taxes. You will know the amount that may be added to your property tax statement by looking at your bill from the Town each month. Typically the amount isn’t added to the property tax statements unless you are seriously delinquent (typically owing more than $300 or 3 months late and haven’t contacted us to work out a payment plan). If the amount added to your tax statement is more than what is shown on your bill, please promptly contact the town (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Town has a contract with a local company to plow the roads. The contract states that 3 inches must be on the ground in order for the contractor to plow. The contractor is fastidious about measuring the snow before plowing. If there are 3 or more inches of snow and your road has been missed, please reach out to the mayor (801-768-2147).
3. A town "master plan" was mentioned multiple times when discussing rezoning land to commercial. What is the master plan for the Cedar Fort? Where can we find it? What is it based off of? Is it a 5 year master plan?
The Town has a General Plan as required by Utah State Code §10-9a-401 (https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title10/Chapter9A/10-9a-S401.html?v=C10-9a-S401_2019051420190514). As per the Utah State Code the purpose of the general plan is to provide a comprehensive, long-range general plan for present and future needs of the municipality and the growth and development of all or any part of the land within the municipality.
The Cedar Fort General Plan is updated by the Planning Commission and presented to the Town Council for their vote roughly every five years, the last update was completed in August 2020. The public is welcome to participated in the meetings and public hearings regarding the General Plan.
The Cedar Fort General Plan can be found at https://media.rainpos.com/6686/cedar_fort_general_plan_2020_to_2025.pdf.
The town's employees, contractors, and professionals are chosen by the Mayor as chief executive of the town and he/she is responsible for the administrative task of the town.
Answer amended 02/02/2021:
The Town has legal counsel to advise and counsel the Mayor and Town Council on relevant matters so they don't make mistakes that will cause problems or cost the town significant sums. Additionally, the town has hired a judge so that citizens that want to challenge any enforcement matter have a third party to review the ordinances and the citizen conduct to ensure the conduct actually violates the law.
The Town does not specifically ask residents to drive around looking for issues that “neighbors” could be fined for; however, residents will occasionally bring what they believe to be a violation of an ordinance to the attention of the Town. The Town will then check to see if there is indeed a violation of an ordinance and if so, work to resolve the violation with the landowner.
Different activities are permitted in different zones in town. If you feel there is a violation of the zoning or there is conduct or activity that concerns you, feel free to bring this to the attention of your local government officials.
The Town has been contacted by a landowner who would like to build a greenhouse in which to cultivate industrial hemp along with other crops. Industrial hemp is an agricultural use that requires a license from the Utah Department of Agriculture (UDAF). The landowner has the proper license from UDAF.
The Utah State code regarding industrial hemp can be found at https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title4/Chapter41/4-41-P1.html?v=C4-41-P1_2020030220200302.
More information about the difference between industrial hemp and can be found here: https://ag.utah.gov/industrialhempprogram/.
From the UDAF website: Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana come from the same genus plant. Similar to the difference between Sweet Corn and Field Corn. They are both corn, but the purposes are different. Both products look similar to each other and contain many of the same chemical compounds, however, the concentration of compounds in the two plant species can be vastly different. The legal difference is the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the plant contains. If the cannabis plant contains more than 0.3% THC it is considered Marijuana.
Our ordinances require that 1.45 ac.ft. of ground water rights be transferred to the town (in addition to other requirements) in order to receive a culinary water connection. The Culinary Water Exchange Ordinances allows other sources of water to be evaluated and accepted with the approval of the Town Council only.