Cache County Council reviews recommendations for RAPZ tax allocations

The Cache County Council reviewed recommendations Tuesday night for the RAPZ and Restaurant Tax awards for the coming year.

“As in year’s past,” according to Council Chair Karl Ward, “the requests are nearly double what the funds available are. It’s very difficult to be able to make the decision as to where to place those funds.”

“As I look through it,” he continued, “I didn’t find anything really that I had any heartburn with.”

More than $4.3 million was requested by 78 different groups and organizations.

Total RAPZ and Restaurant Tax funds available for awards this year amounted to $2,556,594.

The largest recommended allocations include $200,000 to Logan City for construction of Angel’s Landing Playground, $200,000 to the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, $90,000 to Smithfield City for the Forrester Acres Expansion Project.

A number of smaller awards include $4,000 to Nordic United for promotion of Cache County Outdoor Winter Recreation and $600 to ArtCore for their kickoff event.

Cache County voters approved a 1/10th of 1% sales tax, known as the RAPZ Tax in November 2002. These funds are used to support capital projects and operating expenses for publicly owned or operated recreation, arts, parks and zoos.

The Restaurant Tax is a 1% sales tax on prepared food items. The county’s website states these funds can be used for either capital projects or maintenance expenses by publicly owned or operated facilities for the purpose of tourism promotion, recreation, cultural arts, convention centers and airports.

Final approval of the allocations will take place on May 28th.

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