County Council considers grants from Restaurant Tax
June 1, 2010
As City Hall embarks on an ambitious remodeling of its Racquet Club, the Summit County Council last week was advised to deny a $350,000 grant request for the project.
Officials in Park City hoped to receive the funds from the county’s Restaurant Tax coffers. Non-profit organizations in Summit County are poised to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Restaurant Tax in 2010.
But the request from City Hall for money to remodel the Racquet Club is not part of the grant recommendation the County Council received May 26. A citizen committee each year recommends to councilpersons how money generated by the Restaurant Tax should be spent.
The revenue comes from a portion of the sales tax collected on purchases of prepared food in Summit County.
"The committee processes these (requests) under the belief that this money is to be used for tourism promotion," said Monty Coates, chairman of the Summit County Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee.
Groups that have received Restaurant Tax grants have used most of the money advertising their programs outside of Summit County, according to Coates.
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There were about 47 grant applications submitted to Summit County this year.
"It’s a very subjective process," Coates said.
The request from City Hall for money to remodel the Racquet Club was denied because "the facility is used more for residents of Park City than promoting tourism," a report from the Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee states.
"The renovation plan eliminates the restaurant in the facility," the report states. "By doing this there was no evidence that this application would help increase (the) Restaurant Tax funds."
Funding for some requests from Oakley City, Park City Municipal and Summit County was also left out of the grant recommendations. The Summit County Council is expected to make the final decision on Wednesday.
Organizations that could receive funding this year include:
Adopt-A-Native Elder — $3,000 for regional and out-of-state advertising
Chalk Creek Wild Woolie Sheep Dog Trial — $7,000 for advertising outside of Summit County
Coalville City — $10,000 for advertising and production costs for a cruising car show
Coalville City — $8,000 for marketing the Heritage Pig Roast festival outside of Summit County
Egyptian Theatre — $50,000 for advertising and marketing
Historic Main Street Business Alliance — $10,000 for promotion costs
Historic Main Street Business Alliance — $10,500 for brochures promoting Main Street
Kamas City — $5,000 for marketing Fiesta Days outside of Summit County
Kamas Valley Lions Club — $7,000 for restrooms at a gun club in South Summit
Kimball Art Center — $30,000 for regional and out-of-state promotion of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival
Mountain Town Music — $25,000 for advertising outside of Summit County
Mountain Trails Foundation — $15,000 for the purchase of a maintenance truck
National Ability Center — $10,000 for advertising targeting visitors from out of state
Victim Assistance — $5,000 to purchase gift cards from the Historic Main Street Business Alliance for a conference in August
Oakley City $2,500 for advertising a car show outside of Summit County
Park City Ambassadors — $7,000 for booking entertainment for the Fourth of July parade
Oakley City — $4,000 for advertising the Fourth of July rodeo outside of Summit County
Park City Area Restaurant Association — $20,000 for marketing and advertising the Savor the Summit event outside of Summit County
Park City Area Restaurant Association — $180,000 for marketing and advertising outside of Summit County
Park City Chamber/Bureau — $250,000 for television advertising outside of Utah in the Los Angeles market
Park City Chamber/Bureau — $37,500 for marketing to teams outside of Summit County
Park City Chamber Music Society — $15,000 can only be used for advertising outside of Summit County
Park City Film Series — $10,500 for advertising outside of Summit County
Park City Gallery Association — $5,000 for advertising outside of Summit County
Park City Lodging Association — $100,000 for targeting destination visitors
Park City Lodging Association — $33,960 for International FAM expenses
Park City Municipal — $25,000 for promoting the Park City Museum
Park City Performing Arts Foundation — $50,000 for regional advertising
Park City Soccer Club — $10,000 marketing and promotion to teams outside of Summit County
Park City/Summit County Arts Council — $10,000 marketing and advertising outside of Utah
Park Silly Sunday Market — $5,000 for marketing and advertising outside of Summit County
South Summit High School Rodeo Club — $5,000 for promotions and timing equipment
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District — $26,925 for portable flooring and storage containers
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District — $6,000 for improvements to playing fields at Ecker Hill International School
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District — $30,000 for building trails for Nordic skiers
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District/Park City Municipal — $54,000 for a joint trail project
Summit County — $14,750 for improvements to the fairgrounds in Coalville
Sundance Film Festival — $120,000 for national and international advertising
United States Ski and Snowboard Association — $100,000 to fund television coverage for world championship ski events at Deer Valley Resort
Utah Athletic Foundation — $50,000 for marketing
Utah Roadrunners — $3,000 for marketing outside of Summit County
Utah Symphony and Opera — $70,000 for marketing outside of Summit County
Peoa Special Services District — $3,000 for advertising and marketing events outside of Summit County