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RAP tax could help pay for new park
by TOM BUSSELBERG
May 29, 2014 | 2520 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL —  The use of RAP taxes could help fund development of the new Mill Street park property recently purchased by Bountiful.

RAP (Recreation, Arts & Parks) takes one penny from every $10 purchase. It is paid by anyone who shops in Bountiful.

It has been used since 2007 to help build the Centerpointe Legacy Theater in Centerville. After the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2016, the tax would expire unless approved by voters for another 10 years, to be used only in Bountiful,

That’s according to information provided to the city council by Brock Hill, Parks Director, and Gary Hill, City Manager.

They recommend that RAP continuation be placed on the ballot for the November, 2014 election, if the council decides it wants to pursue that possibility.

The city recently purchased about seven acres, and a home on the land, at 600 E. Mill Street.

The council has identified Quality & Varied Recreational Opportunities and Open, Accessible & Interactive Government as policy priorities, it said in the provided material.

Gaining public input in designing the park would help meet that desire, Brock and Gary Hill said.

“It (public involvement) promotes democracy and builds the community,” the pair said. “It creates better decision making, policies and solutions. It improves trust in government. It encourages citizens to get more involved, to take pride in their neighborhoods and community, and ‘buy in’ to the overall forward movement of the city.”

The item was due to be discussed in the work meeting prior to the regular city council meeting Tuesday night, as the Clipper went to press.

Recommendations included approve the development and release of a request for proposal for design services; approve starting the public engagement process under direction of a professional design firm; actively recruit a diverse group of active residents from throughout the city. Workshops would also be held and feedback given on impact of public input and involvement’s influence on final solutions.

The council is also asked to provide direction on asking voters to consider continuation of the RAP tax. 

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