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With no daily papers, statewide noticing changes

Jul 15, 2021 11:03AM ● By Erin Dixon

Public noticing: Newspapers in Utah are no longer delivered daily, so city notice requirements have changed. (photo/pixabay)

By Erin Dixon| [email protected]

Before 2021, cities were required to post public notices in daily newspapers. This is no longer. 

This year, Utah Senate Bill 201 changed that. Newspaper readership has plummeted in recent years.

In 2018, “U.S. newspaper circulation fell in 2018 to its lowest level since 1940,” an article on Pew Research said. 

Because of low subscription rates, the two major newspapers in Utah, Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, dropped daily delivery. 

The new requirement is that taxing entities, including city governments, must post their notices on the state website, www.utah.gov/pmn/. It is an online portal that allows you to search for any taxing entity updates. And, you can sign up for email notifications to get announcements on a regular basis.

Each city government is planning other posting locations. The number of posting locations depends on the population. 

Midvale will be posting on the city’s website, the City Hall lobby, Midvale City Justice Court, the Public Works lobby and on the Utah Public Notice website.

West Jordan will also place notices in similar locations in addition to libraries, fire stations, parks, and grocery store community boards, etc.

Other cities will be posting in similar locations.