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Park City sales taxes head higher, and it’s not an April Fools’ prank

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

City Hall will make improvements to Miners Park along Main Street using funds from a sales tax increase that takes effect on Monday. The money raised will be put toward other Main Street improvements, conservation purchases and upgrades to storm drains and streets. Courtesy of Park City Municipal Corp.

The sales tax someone pays in Park City heads higher on Monday.

And it will not be an April Fools’ joke.

City Hall will raise a portion of the sales tax as a result of a successful ballot measure on Election Day last November. The portion of the sales tax known as the resort communities sales and use tax will be increased from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent. The base sales tax, as a result, will climb from 7.45 percent to 7.95 percent.

Someone making a $100 purchase will pay another 50 cents in sales taxes starting on Monday.

Park City voters on Election Day approved the increase, which is permanent, with 58.5 percent casting ballots in favor of the ballot measure. The resort communities sales and use tax is charged on all purchases inside Park City except when someone buys unprepared foods, typically those sold at grocery stores.

City Hall estimates the increase will bring in $3.2 million between mid-2013 and mid-2014, the first municipal fiscal year it will be in place. Leaders plan to put the monies toward Main Street improvements, conservation purchases and upgrades to storm drains and streets. The Main Street improvements garnered the most attention during the election season.

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The work planned in 2013 includes a redo of the sidewalk on the east side of Main Street between 4th Street and 5th Street. The sidewalk on the west side of Main Street between 5th Street and the crosswalk with the bear on a bench sculpture on the other side of Main Street will also be redone in 2013. Work at the walkway outside Café Terigo is planned this year.

Over the next five to seven years, City Hall intends to build or redo public plazas along Main Street. In the next decade, the remainder of the Main Street sidewalks will be replaced. Pedestrian corridors between Main Street and Swede Alley as well as between Main Street and Park Avenue will be redone in the next three to five years.

Some of the ambitious projects will include:

  • a redo of the Brew Pub lot with a public plaza and underground parking. The work is planned regardless of whether the lot is eventually selected as the location of a terminal for a gondola that is under consideration linking Main Street and Deer Valley Resort.
  • an upgrade at Miners Park, including building new restrooms and moving the bandstand to another part of the small park
  • the construction of a plaza at Coalition Park, which sits at the Main Street-9th Street intersection. The plaza will have restrooms and a trailhead.
  • the construction of a small plaza on Swede Alley at the bottom of the Marsac Building steps

    "Long term, it’s going to help us retain our importance" in Park City’s tourism-heavy economy, said Alison Butz, who is the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance.

    Butz’s group represents businesses on or just off Main Street. The Historic Park City Alliance was a chief supporter of the ballot measure during the election season. She said the increase in the sales tax is "minimal." People will not alter their shopping habits as a result of the increase, she said.

    "We are definitely excited about the Main Street improvements," she said.