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More RAP Tax money awarded

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

The Park City Performing Arts Foundation was awarded an additional $21,000 in RAP Tax funds by the Summit County Council after the foundation said there was a discrepancy in the application process that caused them to be awarded $22,000 less in 2011 than in 2009.

The Summit County Council approved $714,000 worth of grants to 17 art organizations in February and said they would try to find additional funds for the Performing Arts Foundation beyond the $41,000 the RAP Tax Committee suggested.

Teri Orr, executive director of the Park City Performing Art Foundation, said they were told they could not use RAP Tax funds to underwrite a project which resulted in them changing their application and receiving less grant money.

"We put on free performances for school children with the RAP Tax grant," Orr said. "To better cover production costs this year we asked for more money. We are the only entity that brings in nationally touring performers."

Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said the County Council asked him to explore different areas the extra money could come from.

"The Park City Chamber had some funds we could use and the Council had a contingency account, but in the end, the option they decided to go with was to move the date forward the RAP Tax amount is collected," Jasper said.

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Previously, the RAP Tax Committee has collected a portion of sales tax all year and announced the amount available in August. This year, Jasper said they will announce the amount available in September and use a portion of the taxes collected in the extra month to pay the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.

"Moving the date to collect some extra money during that month should not change the overall amount available to next year’s applicants because we are expecting to collect a little bit more next year anyway," Jasper said.

The additional $21,000 has not been given to the Park City Performing Arts Foundation yet because, Jasper said, they are waiting for a full audit to be done on the organization.

Summit County is currently accepting applications from recreation organizations for the 2012 RAP Tax grants. Applications are due by March 30. For more information visit http://www.summitcounty.org/services/grants