For 10 years the so-called RAPZ tax, which stands for Recreation, Arts, Parks and Zoo, has been bringing in approximately a million dollars a year to help fund publicly owned or operated organizations. Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says it is likely that local residents will be voting in November on whether or not the tax should be continued. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Lemon said the RAPZ tax is a 0.1 percent sales tax applied throughout the county. Gary Griffin, operations manager for Utah Festival Opera, says that organization has greatly benefited from the RAPZ tax and it has paid off. “We are the largest attraction in the county,” says Griffin. “We bring in the summer tens of thousands of people that wouldn’t normally come here. “They spend millions of dollars in our economy, saving our citizens from paying additional taxes because they’re bringing in outside money, which is very important to the economy. So the RAPZ Tax, as far as the arts community is concerned, I think pays for itself.” Lemon says if the RAPZ tax becomes a ballot issue the county will do its best to educate the public about it.
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