The Moab City Council voted June 9, 2020, to place an opinion question on the ballot for the 2020 General Election. The ballot question will read:
"Shall the City of Moab, Utah, be authorized to impose a .1% sales and use tax to fund cultural facilities, recreational facilities, and zoological facilities and botanical organizations, cultural organizations, and zoological organizations in the city?” §59-12-1402(1)(b)
For many years, the City of Moab has heavily subsidized our Aquatic and Fitness Center (MRAC), as well as youth sports programs, and the Moab Arts & Recreation Center in order to provide these important services for all of our residents. These combined subsidies have totaled almost $1 million annually, the bulk of which has gone to support the MRAC. This year, residents will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 8, a proposed sales tax called the Recreation, Arts, & Parks Tax, or RAP Tax for short.
The tax will add 0.1% to the taxes charged by Moab hotels, nightly rentals, restaurants, shops, and other businesses. Groceries are exempt from the tax. The tax would increase Moab’s sales tax rate from 8.75% to 8.85%. This equals 1 penny for every $10 spent.
Based on sales tax revenues from 2019, the tax could generate $300,000 to $400,000 in additional revenue for the City. The amount of revenue depends entirely on sales for any given year.
Use the calculator below to better understand how the tax will affect your qualified purchases.
HOW PROPOSITION 8 FUNDING
CAN BE USED
These funds may be used for capital improvements and operations of publicly owned/operated amenities and other uses including: