Hurricane council decides how to use RAP tax funds

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HURRICANE – The Hurricane City Council decided on a plan on how to best use RAP tax funds for the next fiscal year.

In a work meeting Wednesday, the council decided to set up a system in which all the proceeds from the RAP tax will be applied for in grant form. Nonprofit organizations and even city departments, including parks and recreation, will have to submit requests by March 1, 2016, to be given consideration for grant funding the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

RAP tax funds for this year are already approved to support Tuacahn Center for the Arts and a few other projects.

“We won’t be funding anything else until next July with RAP money,” Councilman Darin Larson said.

In that same meeting, the council also spoke about a bond up for vote in next year’s election to fund some major recreational projects, including additional ballparks, a trails system and a skate park that would be paid in part by RAP tax money, but nothing was finalized, Larson said.

The bond election is something in its infancy that will need to be talked about in future meetings,” Larson said. “Project size would be from $3-5 million depending on what might be included.”

At the regular City Council meeting Thursday night, which had a light agenda, the council approved $3,000 to support the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival, held every March, with funds from the City Council discretionary fund earmarked specifically towards marketing and advertising the event and the Hurricane area.

The Council also approved $7,200 towards two new super speed clay pigeon throwers for Purgatory Clay Sports, which operates at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park. Half of the funds for the throwers will come from this year’s RAP tax money and half will come from the City Council discretionary fund. The Council also asked that the club request funds from the county to purchase two more throwers.

The City Council approved $3,000 for advertising funds for a Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce radio ad campaign that will focus on Hurricane businesses and city events. The request for only $3,000 is down from the $5,000 the Chamber usually asks for every year, a sign that the organization is becoming more self sufficient.

“This request was not for support of the Chamber as a whole but specifically to promote Hurricane and Hurricane businesses and will not be spent on staff or office support,” Larson said.

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  • NotSoFast October 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    The RAP tax, that people were lead to believe was to support the local areas (501c) Art Foundations, is now a ‘Annie get your gun’ shooting contest’.
    I wonder what excuse they’ll use next time to raise out taxes?(Careful what you vote for next time)

  • fun bag October 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    the mormon populace seem to vote to blindly approve whatever whim of the local mormon politicans. Guess not much changes in 150 years, huh?

  • .... October 18, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Well they got their ‘retard ‘ tax. so let them enjoy what they will never see

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