Recreation Arts and Parks Tax Advisory Committee

On Nov. 3, 2020, City of Moab voters approved Proposition 8, the Recreation, Arts & Parks Tax (RAP). Sales tax revenue generated by this tax will go directly to benefit local projects related to Recreation, Arts, and Parks. Funds can be used for capital improvements of publicly operated and owned recreational amenities including City recreation and arts facilities, trails, as well as other qualifying community projects centered around arts and culture.

The City Council will determine the percentage of the total RAP Tax revenues collected that will be allocated to qualifying non-profit organizations. For 2022-2023, that percentage is 20% or approximately $93,000 in available funding for non-profit groups. The RAP Tax Advisory Committee (RAP TAC) will review applications from qualifying non-profit groups and make recommendations for this percentage of funding to the Moab City Council.

The remaining revenue from RAP Tax funds (80% for 2022-2023) will be dedicated to qualifying City projects, which will be recommended by City staff and approved by the City Council.

On June 15, 2022, the Moab City Council approved the creation of a RAP Tax Advisory Committee. Appointments were made to the Committee by the Mayor on Sept. 29, 2022. 
The committee includes five members who meet the following qualifications:

  • One member with demonstrated knowledge of or experience in arts 
  • One member with demonstrated knowledge of or experience in parks and recreation 
  • Three members at large 

The two members with demonstrated experience must reside in Grand County; the three at-large members must live within Moab City limits.  

Because this is the first year, three members will be appointed to serve three-year terms and two members will serve two-year terms. All appointments made after the first year will serve full three-year terms.

The committee will be chaired by a non-voting employee from the Recreation, Parks, Arts & Trail Department. 

Applications will be available soon and a link will be posted on this website.

After the committee makes recommendations based on the applications submitted, and the City Council approves funding, a list of all approved grants and projects will be published annually on this website.

Conflict of Interest: 
Moab community members are often involved with local recreation, parks and art organizations, and activities in various aspects. It is important to know when this involvement might present a conflict of interest that would not allow an applicant to serve on the committee. An overview of conflict of interest is provided in the application page titled: Ethical Considerations. 

If you have questions about the application or the conflict of interest information, please contact Parks Recreation and Trails Director Annie McVay, raptac@moabcity.org, 435-259-5121, ext. 614. 

ABOUT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The purpose of the RAP Tax Advisory Committee is to receive applications from groups that qualify to receive RAP tax funds, review the applications, and make recommendations for the allocation of a percentage of the total RAP tax revenue to the Moab City Council. This year, the Moab City Council approved setting aside 20% of the total revenue collected to be allocated to qualifying local groups through the recommendation of the RAP TAC committee. This amounts to approximately $93,000 for this first year of the program. 

The committee will typically meet once per year to consider applications and make recommendations to the City Council. However, for the first year, 2022,  

Because this is the initial year for the committee and the RAP Tax funding allocations, several meetings are anticipated to familiarize committee members and staff with the requirements of the RAP Tax program, establish bylaws and finalize the RAP Tax grant process (this will include developing procedures for the application process, rating projects, reporting requirements, etc.) 

Committee meetings will be posted on the City website Agenda Center and will be broadcast on the City's YouTube channel. 

Committee Members

Annie McVay
Committee Chair 
City Staff (non-voting)

Neal Clark
Member at Large
Term Expires December 31, 2024

Richard Codd 
Arts Representative
Term Expires December 31, 2025

Barbara Hicks
Member at Large
Term Expires December 31, 2024

Emily Roberson 
Member at Large
Term Expires December 31, 2025

Molly Taylor
Recreation Representative
Term Expires December 31, 2025

Jason Taylor
City Council Liaison (non-voting)


NEXT MEETING 
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
5:30 p.m.
Moab City Hall


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAP TAX
(click the link above)

HOW RAP TAX FUNDING CAN BE USED

These funds may be used for capital improvements and operations of publicly owned/operated amenities and other projects and programs that benefit the public, including:

  • Parks
  • Playing fields and courts, including ball fields, pickleball courts, basketball courts, etc. 
  • Moab Aquatic and Fitness Center 
  • Moab Arts and Recreation Center
  • Pedestrian Trails/Bike paths
  • Sports programming
  • Arts and cultural programs

The Moab City Council will make the final decision on how RAP Tax funds are spent for qualifying projects, programs, facilities, etc. The Moab community will have the opportunity to provide input on proposed qualifying projects that will be considered by the City Council.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

Information about the RAP Tax Advisory Committee (click link)

On June 15, 2022, the Moab City Council approved the creation of the RAP Tax Advisory Committee. Appointments were made to the Committee by the Mayor on Sept. 29, 2022. The committee includes five members.

The City Council determines the percentage of total RAP Tax revenues collected that will be allocated to qualifying non-profit organizations. For 2022-2023, that percentage is 20% or approximately $93,000. The RAP Tax Advisory Committee (RAP TAC) will review applications from qualifying non-profit groups and make recommendations for funding to the Moab City Council. The City Council makes the final decision.

The remaining revenue from RAP Tax funds (80% for 2022-2023) will be dedicated to qualifying City-specific projects, which will be recommended by City staff. The City Council makes the final decision.