County prepares to dole out $1.3 million |

County prepares to dole out $1.3 million

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

For one week the Summit County Commission will mull whether to provide nearly $1.4 million in grants to groups that help bring tourists to town.

The money, generated by a portion of the sales tax paid to restaurants, must go to organizations that attract visitors from outside of Summit County, said Kamas resident Tonja Hanson, chairwoman of the committee that recommends how commissioners should allocate the revenue.

"(This year) we were able to spread this to every application that qualified," she said.

Only non-profit organizations are eligible to receive grant money.

"Congratulations on finally weeding out the for-profit groups," County Commissioner Sally Elliott told Hanson.

Organizations that are not nonprofits but continue to request funds include the Endurance 100, which requested $64,800, but was disqualified because of its for-profit status, Hanson explained.

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"[Endurance 100 officials] responded that was indeed the case, they are not a nonprofit and they are not planning on becoming one," a report submitted by the Restaurant Tax committee to the Summit County Commission states.

Last year, the organizers of the Endurance 100 bicycle race received a $15,000 Restaurant Tax grant they shouldn’t have qualified for, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the Park City Chamber/Bureau is likely to become the largest recipient of Restaurant Tax in 2007 with the group poised to receive almost $300,000.

The largest chunk of that money (about $230,000) will be spent advertising Park City on television in New York. The remaining funds must be used to market a softball tournament and Winter Fest.

Hanson presented the recommendations on Wednesday to the Summit County Commission, which is expected to approve the grants June 13.

Other groups positioned to receive money this year include:

Sundance Film Festival — $110,000 for promotion

United States Ski and Snowboard Association — $100,000 for marketing World Cup freestyle skiing events in Summit County

Park City Municipal — $215,100 for renovation of Park City Museum

Park City Jazz Foundation — $40,000 for marketing Park City Jazz Festival

Park City Lodging Association — $19,000 for international wholesaler showcase

Utah Symphony and Opera — $50,000 for advertising

Park City Restaurant Association — $120,000 for promotion and events

Utah Athletic Foundation — $50,000 for advertising and promotion

Park City Performing Arts Foundation — $50,000 for advertising

Park City Lodging Association — $100,000 for promotional mailings

Mountain Trails Foundation — $18,000 for interpretive signs

Kimball Art Center — $20,000 for advertising an art festival in Park City

Oakley City — $15,000 for scoreboards

Egyptian Theatre Company — $20,000 for marketing

Main Street Business Alliance — $10,600 for promotion

Adopt A Native Elder — $3,000 for advertising

Mountain Town Stages — $15,000 for advertising

Women’s Ski Jumping — $4,000 for marketing

National Ability Center — $10,000 for advertising

Restaurant Association/Jazz Foundation — $25,000 for joint marketing costs

Young Riders — $4,000 for marketing

Park City Silly Market — $4,000 for marketing

Park City Ambassadors — $3,625 for promotion

Utah Road Runners — $3,000 for advertising

Park City Chamber Music Society — $9,000 for promotion

Uinta Headwaters Council — $2,000 for marketing

Park City Ski Foundation — $2,000 for marketing

Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District — $20,000 for trail construction

Peoa Special Recreation District — $26,300 for water resources at Woodenshoe Park

Park City Film Series — $2,000 for advertising