The executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance addressed a recent election forum at Kimball Junction, outlining her side's support of a City Hall ballot measure dealing with sales taxes.
Alison Butz appeared at a forum sponsored by The Park Record and KPCW at the Newpark Resort & Hotel on behalf of the ballot measure. The Historic Park City Alliance represents businesses on or close to Main Street.
Her comments were brief and they were largely overshadowed by County Courthouse, Statehouse and Park City Board of Education candidates who also spoke during the forum.
Butz told the audience the increase in the sales taxes charged in Park City would amount to 50 cents on a $100 purchase. She mentioned that the tax is not charged on groceries.
The tax is known as the resort communities sales and use tax. It is currently 1.1 percent and figured as part of the overall sales tax. If the ballot measure passes, it would increase to 1.6 percent. The base sales tax would increase to 7.95 percent from its current 7.45 percent.
Butz said City Hall is allowed to charge the tax since Park City has a small population compared to the number of visitors. She told the audience the additional money that is collected, projected to be $3.2 million in the first 12 months, could be used for a range of items. They include Main Street improvements, conservation purchases and infrastructure upgrades.
Only people inside the Park City limits will cast votes on the ballot measure. The crowd was a combination of people who live in Park City and in surrounding Summit County. It was not clear how many city residents were at the event.
The Historic Park City Alliance is one of the chief supporters. It wrote a statement backing the ballot measure to be published in official voting materials. The group has been especially interested in the Main Street upgrades that could be funded if the increase passes.
No one opposing the ballot measure spoke at the forum. There is not organized opposition. Bill McCullough, a Park City resident, wrote an opposition statement to be included in the voting materials. He mentioned points such as the economic conditions and suggested an increase in sales taxes inside Park City could lead shoppers to buy elsewhere.