Cache County Council approves RAPZ tax allocations

The Cache County Council approved recommendations Tuesday night for the RAPZ and Restaurant Tax awards for the coming year with a few minor adjustments.

Council Chair Karl Ward requested an additional $5,000 allocated to American West Heritage Center for a total of $80,000. The money is to be used to support the center’s operating expenses in 2019.

“I’m a proponent of giving what we can to entities and activities that bring people into the valley that pay this tax that increases the amount we have available,” Ward said.

One of those activities, according to Ward, is Baby Animal Days held each April at the Wellsville location. Sixty-five percent of visitors to the event this year were from outside of Cache Valley, he said.

Additional funds of $5,000 each were approved for Zootah at Willow Park and North Logan to use towards the Tour of Utah.

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. According to Ward, “The requests are nearly double what the funds available are.”

Other awards included $25,000 to the Four Seasons Theatre Company, $1,000 to the Bridger Folk Music Society, $50,000 to Richmond City for the 300 East Pathway Trail and $45,000 to Wellsville City for the Wellsville Elementary Park and Playground.

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.

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