West Side receives bulk of RAP Tax grants
Coalville officials planned to construct Summit County’s third skateboard park until the Summit County Commission hinted Wednesday that the city wouldn’t likely receive funding for the project.
The city requested a share of nearly $400,000 generated last year by Summit County’s Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax. But members of the RAP Tax Recreation Advisory Committee claim the small number of residents served by a skateboard park in North Summit doesn’t justify Coalville’s $39,000 request.
"I’m a little bit confused," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said responding to the recommendation. "I have to strongly question whether tee signs for a golf course are a better value than a recreational opportunity for young kids."
Countering Schmidt’s claims that North Summit is not treated fairly by the county when it comes to funding recreation, Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer stressed that Snyderville residents voted to tax themselves for programs by creating the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.
"I think there’s been a lack of interest by people in this end of the county they haven’t had an interest in funding [recreation]," Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme added, during a County Commission meeting this week in Coalville.
Schmidt isn’t confident North Summit residents would favor a recreation tax.
"You cannot do that on this side of the county," the mayor said.
The advisory committee recommends to the County Commission how to spend 45 percent of the county’s RAP Tax revenue to fund public recreation. Each fall, a separate committee recommends which non-profit cultural organizations should receive the additional funds generated by a portion of sales tax.
"Overall, we had some really good projects and the committee came to consensus fairly quickly," said Tim Douglas, chair of the RAP Tax Recreation Advisory Committee.
County commissioners will take public feedback and are expected to make a decision about the recommendations during their March 22 meeting. Applicants that could receive RAP Tax grants include:
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District: $38,308 for trail improvements, $25,000 to improve bleachers and $64,539 to purchase crash pads and for operating costs at Park City’s ice rink
Oakley City: $50,000 for restrooms and bowery improvements at recreation complex
Park City School District: $37,400 for fitness room, scoreboard and locker room improvements
Mountain Trails Foundation: $74,555 for costs of paving Rail Trail
Park City Municipal: $15,000 for golf course improvements, $40,737 for ice rink costs
North Summit School District: $9,913 for scoreboard repairs
Henefer City: $25,000 for park restrooms and bowery improvements
Summit County: $9,000 for basketball and tennis court improvements at fairgrounds
Rockport State Park: $5,000 to renovate a historic church
Along with Coalville’s request, committee members recommended commissioners deny applications from Park City Municipal for facilities at the Park City Racquet Club and the Young Riders organization to help fund bicycle training.
North Summit could receive 12 percent of the funding, South Summit 13 percent, Park City 25 percent, and based on the committee recommendations, programs in Snyderville could receive almost 50 percent of the total RAP revenue.
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