ST. GEORGE — Washington County residents are invited to attend a public meeting Thursday regarding the proposed recreation, arts and parks, or RAP, tax, which will come before Washington County voters in November.
The event, called “The Inauguration of RAP,” will take place Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Arts Center Building, 86 S. Main St., third floor, in St. George. County residents are invited to come show their support for the RAP tax and join in the conversation about it.
If passed, the RAP tax will make funding available for recreation and art projects. It will also ensure that cities work together with the county to improve recreation, arts and parks throughout Washington County, according to a press release from the RAP Community Committee.
An Interlocal Cooperation Agreement has been presented to Washington County municipalities requesting support of the RAP tax, which is being placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. This preliminary resolution already has the endorsement of more than three-fourths of the Washington County communities, according to the press release.
If the initiative is passed on Nov. 4, distribution of funds will commence in April 2015 as follows:
- 15 percent appropriated for 501(c)(3) cultural organizations through an application process
- 85 percent appropriated for recreation and parks based on the following distribution: 67 percent (of 85 percent) apportioned among parties based on population; 33 percent (of 85 percent) apportioned among parties based on point of sale. This includes unincorporated areas of Washington County.
It is anticipated that annual revenues of $2.2 million will be generated through the RAP tax. This amounts to one penny of every $10 spent by Washington County residents — a tax rate of 1/10th of 1 percent. Presently in Washington County, one penny out of every three pennies collected is from a non-Washington County resident.
The RAP tax will provide funding for a diverse mix of recreational opportunities and artistic endeavors to enhance quality of life, support health and well-being, and promote sustainable business and tourism throughout Washington County.
Submitted by RAP Community Committee
Event details and resources
- What: Inauguration of RAP
- When: Thursday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Where: Arts Center Building, 86 S. Main St., third Floor, St. George
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