Chances are you’ve enjoyed our amazing, extensive (and meticulously maintained) trail systems, picnicked by twilight at an outdoor concert, attended a rodeo or county fair, been awed by a performance at the Egyptian Theater, taken visitors to the Alf Engen Ski Museum, watched kids defy gravity at a skateboard park.
These – and a multitude of other cultural offerings that make Summit county a treasure trove of activities – thrive largely thanks to the Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) tax. The RAP tax is a countywide sales and use tax of 1/10th of 1 percent that does not apply to food. Since its inception in 2000, it has raised more than $20 million – more than half of which has come from visitors – that has been distributed in grants for everything mentioned above and much more.
The RAP tax must be reauthorized every 10 years. In 2010 that occurred for the first time, and this year it must be affirmed again. This November the RAP tax will appear on voter ballots as Proposition 21.
Through art, music, sports, exploration in nature, gardening, the performing arts , we connect with each other, find common ground among our shared pursuits and passions, and lead richer lives because of it. In addition, so many of these entities are major employers that are essential components of our tourism economy, conferring benefits to the entire community on additional levels.
Park City Community Foundation recognizes the vital role the RAP tax plays in Summit County, and encourages voters to reauthorize it. Please join us in supporting this incredible benefit to our county. Summit County wouldn’t be the same without it!
Are you voting by mail this year? Lucky for us, Utah automatically sends ballots to all active voters and you’ll receive them from 10/13 to 10/27. Register to vote, update your address, or find out if you are an active voter by looking at your information at https://vote.utah.gov/.