Tourney organizers get the cash
The Summit County Commission approved grants Wednesday for two organizations with applications that last month were deemed by deputy Summit County attorney Dave Thomas to be ineligible to receive Restaurant Tax funding.
The Park City Chamber/Bureau received $34,000 for marketing a championship softball tournament.
The Fly Freestyle organization received $6,000 to produce promotional materials.
Organizations that receive Restaurant Tax monies are required by state law to contribute to tourism, Thomas said, adding that faulty applications for the softball tournament and Fly Freestyle were tweaked to comply with the statute.
The County Commission denied an application from organizers of the Little Buckaroo Rodeo in Henefer because the money was to be spent purchasing trophies and belt buckles. Commissioners also rejected requests from the Main Street Business Alliance and Summit County Friends of Animals.
Summit County has collected Restaurant Tax on sales of prepared food for 15 years. Nearly $1.4 million was available this year to nonprofits in the tourism industry.
The Summit County Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee each year recommends to the County Commission how the money should be spent.
"We still have $37,200," Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee chairwoman Tonya Hanson said about how much remains in the grant fund.
Other Restaurant Tax grants approved Wednesday by the commission include:
Sundance Film Festival: $100,000
Park City Chamber/Bureau, for television advertisements: $230,000
Utah Symphony and Opera: $40,000
Utah Ski and Snowboard Association: $100,000
Park City Jazz Foundation: $40,000
U.S. Lacrosse: $11,500
Kimball Art Center: $25,000
Egyptian Theatre: $25,000
Park City Lodging Association: $72,000
Park City Municipal: $60,000
Utah Athletic Foundation: $60,000
Oakley City: $70,000
Park City Performing Arts Foundation: $40,000
Park City Restaurant Association: $120,000
Quinn’s Recreation Complex: $100,000
Main Street Business Alliance, to promote holiday shopping: $25,000
Mountain Town Stages: $12,000
Summit County Historical Society: $14,828
National Ability Center: $15,000
Endurance 100: $15,000
Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District: $29,000
Park City Chamber Music Society Film Festival: $2,000
Park City Chamber/Bureau, for Winter Fest promotion: $25,000
Park City Literary Council: $15,000
Park City Chamber Music Festival: $4,000
Park City Chamber Music Society Sonolumina: $2,000
Park City Film Series: $5,000
North Summit High School: $25,000
Park City Ambassadors: $5,000
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