September 21st, 2010

Summit County RAP & Proposition #1

One of the reasons many of us choose to live in Summit County is the exceptional quality of life we enjoy here, with every season. RAP has played a significant role in maintaining and enhancing that quality of life at an almost negligible cost to residents. Proposition #1 on the ballot this November asks voters whether or not to reauthorize RAP. It is not a new tax; rather, it is a simple renewal of an important source of funding for county-wide recreation and arts programs. A “yes” vote on November 2nd will allow the County Council to reauthorize RAP. Here are a few bullet points to consider…

  • Summit County created the RAP tax program in 2000 to help fund recreation facilities, arts programs, and parks for Summit County residents.
  • The RAP tax is a sales tax of only one penny on every 10 dollars spent in Summit County, nearly half (approximately 43%) of which is paid by visitors and all of which is used directly for the benefit of Summit County residents.
  • Since 2000, RAP grants have provided more than $10 million for recreation, arts and parks. Among the programs and projects that have benefited directly from RAP are:

o        Trails
o        Oakley Rodeo
o        Aquatic Center
o        Recreation complexes in Coalville and at South Summit High School
o        Summit County Fair
o        Park in Peoa and Park Stage in Henefer
o        Park City Ice Rink
o        Skateboard parks
o        Mountain Town Music performances on stages and in parks throughout Summit County
o        Locals concerts at City Park and Deer Valley
o        Deer Valley Music Festival “Music of Disney” concert
o        Free Kimball Art Center events and exhibitions
o        Student outreach opportunities and afterschool programs at the Eccles Center
o        Egyptian Theatre productions and Youth Theatre
o        Sundance Film Festival and Outdoor Film Series
o        Local history exhibits at the Park City, Summit County, and Alf Engen Museums
o        Norwegian Outdoor Exploration programs serving youth in all Summit County schools

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