RAP Tax Voter Information

The November 7th election will include a ballot proposition on whether to approve the 0.1% RAP (Recreation, Arts, and Parks) sales tax for Fairview City citizens. If approved, money from this tax would be used to fund art and culture activities, recreational facilities and cultural facilities. The formal language on the November 7th, 2017 ballot will read as follows:

PROPOSITION # 8
OFFICIAL BALLOT PROPOSITION FOR FAIRVIEW CITY, UTAH
RAP TAX AUTHORIZATION ELECTION

November 7, 2017

Shall Fairview City, Utah, be authorized to impose a 0.1% sales and use tax for art and cultural activities and recreational facilities for the City?

___ For the RAP Tax    ___ Against the RAP Tax

What will the RAP Tax proceeds be used for?  State law allows the RAP Tax to fund a broad range of parks, recreational facilities, and arts and cultural projects and activities. The goal of the City is to analyze options and provide funds to help fund art projects and cultural projects and organizations and to help develop parks.

Who decides what projects to fund with the money received from the RAP Tax? The City Council makes final decisions on how to use RAP Tax revenues. Potential projects will be considered each year as part of the City’s regular budget process. Residents input and involvement is highly encouraged and welcomed. Groups from each organization will apply to the Council once a year for recommendation and award of moneys. This money is reserved for only the above groups or organizations. It cannot be used for general maintenance of the parks, etc.

How much funding is expected and for how long will it be available? If approved the RAP Tax could possibly produce $5,000 per year. This would be available for 10 years at which time it would be placed on the ballot to be reauthorized.

What happens if voters do not authorize the RAP Tax? If the RAP Tax is not authorized, funds will not be available to help fund community projects and activities. These projects would then be delayed, downsized, or canceled altogether. Funding for art and culture events, parks and recreation projects would have to come from property and general sales taxes that are currently allocated for areas such as general funds and public safety.

General Election
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Remember to Vote!

This year will only be mail-in ballots


RAP TAX PROPOSITION # 8 ARGUMENTS AND REBUTTALS

“The arguments for or against a ballot proposition are the opinions of the authors.” 

ARGUMENTs FOR THE TAX

Many of us choose to live in Fairview City because it’s a great place to raise a family. We appreciate the open hillsides, beautiful fields, and many recreational opportunities for our children and grandchildren. There are opportunities to learn about our shared history and heritage at the Fairview Museum of History and Arts, each year Northbend Entertainers provide entertainment to many citizens throughout the area. Our sports activities that our children enjoy each year.

Our community is a great place for families, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and improve the overall quality of life in our rural community.

The RAP Tax is a sales tax of one-tenth of 1% (10cents on every $100 spent) on all non-grocery items. It must be periodically renewed (approved) by a vote of the citizens.

These funds would be applied for through an application process. These funds could be used for arts/cultural programs, future parks, ball fields, replacement/upgrading playground equipment, etc. These funds cannot be used for general maintenance of the parks.

We experience a lot of traffic impact from those who come to Fairview to shop at our stores and eat at our restaurants. The RAP Tax allows those shoppers to contribute, in a small way, to improvements in our community. Roads and water projects are what keep Fairview safe and livable, but parks, recreation opportunities, arts, and museums are the treasures of our community. The RAP Tax will help preserve the very heart of why we love to call Fairview our home. Please join the majority of the Fairview City Council in support of the RAP Tax.

 

Arguments against the Tax

The RAP Tax is special purpose tax with benefits to a set category of expenditures rather than a tax which would benefit a larger cross-section of general city-wide expenditure needs.

By not passing the RAP Tax will allow taxpayers to recapture money from not paying the 0.1% tax.

Sales taxes are in general known as being regressive, meaning that they pose a larger burden on those with small incomes.

What another Tax? Why do we need it?

Separate “boutique” taxes add complexity to the tax system with reporting burdens to businesses and confusion to taxpayers

Special taxes risk being focused primarily on serving the needs of a few special interest groups (those who use parks and recreation facilities) rather than the broader community.

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