Summit County Council weighs grant requests for 2017
Council to consider awarding more than $330,000
The Summit County Council is considering awarding more than $330,000 in Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax grants to fund dozens of projects county wide.
Today, Feb. 15, the County Council is scheduled to approve the recommendations from the community-led RAP Tax Advisory committee, comprised of Kathy Apostolakos, Peter Tomai, Amy Yost, Steve Spaulding, Leonard McGee, Anna Lee Jordan, Emily Sorensen and Annette Singleton. Last week, council members discussed the recommendations.
“They try and equalize it across jurisdictional boundaries so everyone gets a reasonably equitable piece of it and I think they did a pretty good job,” said Roger Armstrong, a County Council member.
The RAP tax is a one-tenth of one percent sales tax that is collected county wide. For 2017, approximately $331, 352 is available for distribution among 18 applicants. One application was denied because it did not meet state and local requirements for grant approval.
The committee recommended the Snyderville Basin receive nearly 50 percent of the funding available or approximately $159, 050. The County Council is expected to award $69,583. $59,644 and $25,000 to Park City, South Summit and North Summit, respectively.
One of the largest requests through the RAP Tax is the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District’s application to purchase boilers to melt snow on the new pool deck that is being constructed as part of the Fieldhouse expansion. Approximately $69,782 was recommended.
Notable recommendations include $35,000 to Francis City to renovate the Francis City Community Center and $25,000 to replace playground equipment at the Henefer Town Park. According to the grant committee’s recommendations for Francis City, “directing the entire sum toward the Center improvements would make it possible to complete or nearly complete the entire project at one time.”
Other requests included:
- Oakley City Hall requested $35,000 to renovate Cattleman’s Hall to meet ADA standards and improve accessibility, among other renovations. The committee suggested awarding $19,103.
- Park City Municipal asked for $20,000 to improve network and internet communication because of impact “poor internet connections have on the facility, as well as security issues.” The committee recommended the full amount.
- Park City School District and the Recreation District requested $9,200 for a new Wibit Obstacle Course for the Ecker Hill Middle School pool. The committee suggests funding the entire amount.
Last year, more than $770,000 was allocated for recreational and art projects, including the Kimball Art Center and Egyptian Theatre Company.
County Council members will consider approving the following committee recommendations:
- PC MARC: $28,769
- Park City Municipal Ice Arena: $27,432
- Park City Municipal: $10,000
- Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District: $159,150
- Summit Community Gardens: $11,450
- Park City School District and Recreation District: $9,200
- Henefer Town: $25,000
- Francis City: $35,000
- Oakley City: $19,103
- Peoa Recreation Special Service District: $11,805
- South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center: $11,811
Grant requests were denied from the following organizations: Kamas City, South Summit Trail Foundation and Wasatch Back Trees.
For more information about the grant requests and recommendations, go to the Summit County website’s Agenda Center and under ‘County Council’ click on the Wednesday, Feb. 15, agenda. On the agenda, click on the recommendations for Summit County Recreation Arts and Parks (RAP Tax Cultural) Committee..
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