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No, this is not a property tax. This is a sales and use tax. It is not automatically assessed on each resident. It is only charged on eligible items at the point of sale.
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RAP stands for Recreation, Arts, and Parks.
The RAP tax is a 1/10 of 1% sales tax that would be included on sales and uses within Moab City. It is not a property tax. It does not include sales for most food items or food ingredients.
This sales and use tax must be approved by a majority of the City’s registered voters in either a general election or a municipal general election
The tax is collected on the sale of eligible items and uses within Moab City (the tax does not apply to groceries). As a sales and use tax, it is not a tax solely on Moab residents. To the contrary, it is a tax on eligible purchases by anyone who buys a good or service within Moab City boundaries. A visitor or tourist who shops in Moab stores or attends events within Moab City will also contribute to the RAP tax.
One-tenth (1/10) of 1% is equal to one cent for every $10 spent. That means a family spending $1,000 a month on qualifying purchases in Moab will pay an additional $1 a month in RAP taxes.
According to Utah State Code, the RAP tax can be used for a broad list of recreational, cultural, or zoological facilities and recreational, cultural, or zoological programs provided by the city.
Moab City residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback and input into how the funds are utilized. The City will suggest potential projects. As is with each budget year, residents will have the opportunity to be informed of those projects and provide input and feedback during a public meeting. The City Council will make the final decision.
Specific projects have not been identified at this time. Residents will have an opportunity to make suggestions, share ideas, and otherwise provide input on how the funding will be used. The City Council makes the final decision.
Additional details and voter information will be available at www.moabcity.org/RAP.