KPCW might get RAP Tax Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff
KPCW general manager Blair Feulner is counting on a grant from the Summit County Commission to help improve the non-profit radio station’s Spanish programming and Web site. He has requested $45,350 in Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax from taxpayers to help fund KPCW. The request comes on the heels of a Salt Lake Tribune report that revealed the six-figure salaries Feulner and his wife Susan recently garnered from KPCW and its sister station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. "I think we have a 25-year history of providing just an unbelievably good service to the residents of Summit County," Blair Feulner told The Park Record. "I don’t think that whatever nonsense has been in your paper and the Salt Lake Tribune has anything to do with the truth."
On Wednesday, the Summit County Commission may question KPCW’s RAP Tax request.
The money is generated by a percentage of the county’s sales tax and last year Feulner asked for $70,000 from taxpayers. He received $36,750 in 2004. "I’m not going to make a judgment about all the other nonprofits in Summit County," Feulner said, about whether other organizations deserve the money more than his.
Each year, 55 percent of the RAP Tax revenue is granted to non-profit organizations that provide cultural opportunities in Summit County. Park City resident Tom Fey chairs the committee responsible for recommending how the money should be spent.
The board recommends Feulner receive $45,350 in RAP Tax in 2005 after KPCW requested $86,450.
"We do qualify (for RAP Tax) and we’re going through the process," KPCW board member Tom Calder said. "We’re doing a community service and we can’t do it without these donations."
The Summit County Commission has the final say about which organizations are funded. Here is a list of other possible recipients: Alf Engen Ski Museum — $17,900 Arts-Kids — $31,000 Echo Community and Historical Organization — $4,500 Kimball Art Center — $47,225 Mountain Town Stages — $49,900 Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center — $25,000 Park City Film Series — $17,150 Park City Historical Society and Museum — $80,000 Park City Jazz Foundation — $38,000 The Egyptian Theatre — $62,200 Park City Performing Arts Foundation — $70,000 Park City Singers — $3,000 Park City/Summit County Arts Council — $33,800 Park City Literary Festival — $4,125 Summit County Historical Society — $7,000 Sundance Institute — $59,000 Swaner Memorial Park Foundation — $10,650 The Park City Chamber Music Society — $10,400 Utah Symphony and Opera — $23,800 The committee denied a request for $37,550 for the Utah Music Festival. Board members reportedly had a difficult time contacting the organization.
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