Briefs for March 7-10, 2007 |

Briefs for March 7-10, 2007

Recreation survey

This month the Park City Recreation Department will conduct a Community Attitude and Interest Survey with city residents. The purpose of the survey is to help establish priorities for future recreation facilities improvements, programs and services. Survey responses will provide the Park City Recreation Department with a better understanding of the parks and recreation needs and priorities of City residents. Leisure Vision, a nationally known consulting firm specializing in market research for parks and recreation departments, will administer the statistically valid survey during February and March 2007. The survey will be mailed to approximately 2,500 randomly selected City residents. Residents receiving the surveys are urged to complete and return them promptly. For additional information or questions regarding the survey, please contact Ken Fisher, with the Park City Recreation Department, at 615-5411.

Grants for vegetables

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is encouraging Utah farmers and other stakeholders to apply for grants to help them grow more vegetables in Utah. The Utah’s Own Acreage Enhancement Pilot Grant Program will be awarding a total of $10,000 to five Utah farmers to help them expand the number of acres under vegetable production.

"There is a growing market for more Utah-grown vegetables in the state,"

said Richard Sparks, UDAF’s Deputy Marketing Director. "These grants are intended to help farmers plant more acres of high quality vegetables that will eventually carry the Utah’s Own logo," he added. The application deadline is March 31. Information on how to make an application is available at: or by contacting Richard Sparks at: , or (801) 538-4913.

Free tax help for the military

If you or your spouse, are a member of the military, you may be eligible to receive free assistance with the preparation and filing of your federal tax return. The U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Armed Forces Tax Council oversees the operation of the military tax programs worldwide, and serves as the main conduit for outreach by the IRS to military personnel and their families. The AFTC consists of tax program coordinators for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard. Military-based VITA sites provide free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families. If your filing status is Married Filing Jointly and you wish to file your tax return electronically, both you and your spouse should be present to sign the required forms. If it isn’t possible for both to be present, a valid power of attorney that allows tax preparation can be used to sign and file the return. For more information, review IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, available on the IRS Web site at or order a free copy by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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