It hasn’t been here long but Strata is already known by many as a policy think tank that researches environmental and economic topics. It collaborates with Utah State University and with public and private organizations.
Those involved with Strata believed it would qualify for property tax exemption so they applied with the Cache County Council.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Deputy County Auditor Diana Shaeffer said she took the issue to the Utah State Tax Commission. A hearing was held there but the answer was no.
“They are a 501(c)(3) but that does not automatically qualify them for the property tax exemption,” Shaeffer explained to the council. “So they were after the educational exemption, which is property owned by a private, non-profit educational institution used exclusively to provide services exclusively equivalent to traditional public education. That has been held exempt.”
Shaeffer says a hearing was held and she appealed to the Utah Tax Commission but it looks like the decision is final. Council members said Strata is doing a great job training students and doing research in many different areas.