WEST BOUNTIFUL Though the measure failed during November's election, the West Bountiful City Council is expected to let residents vote again on a recreation, arts and parks sales tax this year.
At a recent council meeting, the members voted to ask Davis County commissioners not to impose such a tax countywide so West Bountiful residents could have the option of voting.
Commissioners complied and adopted a resolution Tuesday promising not to impose a countywide RAP tax.
West Bountiful Mayor James Behunin said council members will likely place an opinion question regarding a RAP tax on November's ballot. He said he expects that to happen sometime in the next two weeks.
Residents in four Davis County cities Bountiful, Centerville, Woods Cross and West Bountiful were faced with a RAP tax opinion question during the November election.
Voters approved the tax in Bountiful and Centerville on Nov. 6, but they turned it down by seven votes in West Bountiful. After provisional and absentee ballots were counted in West Bountiful, the defeat came by the slimmest of margins: one vote.
There were 722 votes against the tax and 721 for it.
"The moral there is don't think your vote doesn't count," Behunin said at the time.
The tax question also failed in Woods Cross.
Bountiful and Centerville have begun collecting the RAP tax, which is a tenth-of a-cent sale tax imposed for eight years, to build a South Davis Performing Arts Center in Centerville. Those cities will use about 90 percent of RAP tax revenue toward the center's construction.
Behunin said he and the council will create a specific list of priority projects to help sell the tax to residents.
Some of those needs include refurbishing a city park, Behunin said, adding that there's also a need for more soccer fields in southern Davis County. There's also the possibility of buying leftover parcels along the Legacy Parkway from the Utah Department of Transportation once the parkway is finished.
The city's master plan for trails would require purchasing land for those trails, and there's also a possibility of contributing some money toward a South Davis heritage museum or toward the new performing arts center.
"Over the next two or three months, we want to identify some specific items so residents know what they're getting," he said.
If the RAP tax eventually passes in West Bountiful, it would spread the tax out to more residents, and not just those from West Bountiful."Our residents, when they go to Target or Home Depot or Wal-Mart or any of those stores, we're paying their RAP tax," Behunin said. "When (Bountiful and Centerville residents) come to our Costco or Lowe's or ShopKo,they don't pay a RAP tax."
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