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RAP Tax wish lists due soon

Last season’s booked hotels and busy ski resorts might result in more money for arts organizations that receive funds from the county’s tax coffers.

With the Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax Cultural Advisory Committee poised to possibly dole out more than $600,000, nonprofits are lined up to claim their share of the pot.

Voters in Summit County in 2000 OK’d a plan to collect an extra penny of sales tax on every $10 spent in the area for 10 years to help fund recreation and cultural ventures.

"You have to be a publicly supported charity and you have to have been in business for three years," Park City resident Tom Fey said about organizations eligible to receive RAP Tax grants.

Fey chairs the committee charged with recommending to the Summit County Commission how 55 percent of the tax proceeds should be spent. Last year the RAP Tax Cultural Advisory Committee was reportedly responsible for allocating almost $700,000 in grants.

"We’re hoping to have a little more," Fey said.

The deadline to submit applications for funding from Summit County’s Recreation, Arts and Parks Tax Cultural Advisory Committee is Sept. 29.

"If somebody is interested they should probably contact the Arts Council," Fey said.

Nonprofits must belong to the Park City/Summit County Arts Council to receive RAP Tax funding, Fey said.

"It gives us an organization that we can go to and say, hey, how about these guys," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said. "We need sort of a one-stop shop."

Arts Council officials will help vet grant recipients, she added.

"They will act as the fiscal agent for the organizations," Fey said, adding that the Arts Council once "shepherded" organizations like the Park City Film Series and Mountain Town Stages. "Both of them were incubated by the Park City Arts Council. They didn’t have the support and the structure, so the Park City Arts Council was the one to get them going."

As a former president of the Arts Council, Film Series Executive Director Frank Normile says requiring grant recipients to belong to the organization could help arts groups receive more funding from the RAP Tax.

Mountain Town Stages First Chair Randy Barton has praised the RAP Tax committee as "one of our best supporters."

The Cultural Advisory Committee will interview applicants and likely recommend to commissioners this fall which groups should receive grants, Fey said.

Meanwhile, a separate committee doles out a portion of each year’s RAP Tax revenue to public recreation entities for new facilities. But most of the 45 percent of the county’s RAP Tax revenue reserved for recreation could be leveraged with bonds to help fund capital projects in the county.

Applications for cultural RAP Tax grants are available by logging onto http://www.summitcounty.org or by contacting Summit County Commission administrator Anita Lewis at 615-3220.

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