Thursday, November 5, 2015

Next Steps for Provo's RAP Tax

The 2015 General Election brought voter approval of the Provo's recreation, arts, and parks (RAP)
tax. This is an increase to the sales tax of 1 penny for every $10 of sales in Provo. It will be in effect for 10 years and would end at that time unless renewed by voters.

What happens next?
  1. The Canvass of Election will be held November 17 to certify the election results
  2. At the November 17 Council Meeting the ordinance authorizing the RAP tax would be passed by the Council
  3. Provo City is required to provide notice to the Utah State Tax Commission of the enactment of the RAP tax. The Tax Commission administers, collects, and distributes the tax.
  4. The RAP tax would be effective on sales in Provo beginning April 1, 2016. 
  5. On April 26, 2026, the tax would effectively end. The City Council could choose to place it on the ballot for voters to approve it for another 10 years.
We're grateful to all those who gave us input during the process of deciding whether or not to place the RAP tax on the ballot. Your ideas and suggestion help us to know where the funds can best be spent as we discover the needs of the community.  We are also looking forward to receiving updates from Mayor Curtis and the Parks and Recreation Department on the use of these funds.

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