What is the ZAP Tax and Why Vote to renew the ZAP Tax?
- ZAP Tax is officially the “Botanical, Cultural, and Recreational and Zoological Sales & Use Tax.”
- Revenue generated by the ZAP Tax is restricted by law to be used only for cultural, parks and recreation needs. It cannot be used for other City or community projects or expenses.
- ZAP Tax spreads the cost of providing parks & recreation facilities, equipment, maintenance, and programs via sales tax, not just to Richfield City property tax payers, but to ALL users of these facilities and programs.
- Without ZAP Tax, Richfield City may need to raise property taxes to fund these programs, or eliminate certain parks and recreation facilities and services. Neither of these options are good for the community.
- ZAP Tax is not a new tax. It has been in place for 8 years, and generates approximately $230,000 per year in revenue for parks and recreation facilities and programs in Richfield City. Maintenance equipment is also kept up-to-date from this tax.
What has the ZAP Tax provided so far?
- Upgrades to the pool, including a new sliding roof, new plaster, and a new air handling system, as well as the aqua-trac pictured above.
- Funds to help extend and maintain the walking/bike path.
- Several new mowers for the parks, cemetery and golf course. Also, golf cart paths and new carts.
- Improvements to the City Park, and helping with the new tennis courts located at Richfield High School.
- Provided funding for the completion of the Sevier Valley Veterans Memorial along with resident donations.
How will the ZAP Tax be used in the future?
- Continued repair, replacement and expansion of existing facilities at parks, ball fields, pool, playgrounds, skate park and walking/bike path, as well as equipment to maintain these facilities.
- Support of the development of new recreational facilities such as a proposed new city park in Northeast Richfield and a new aquatics facility.
Why are we re-voting this?
- Every eight years state law requires ZAP Tax to be renewed by voters
How much is the tax?
- The ZAP Tax generates revenue for Richfield City through a one-tenth of one percent 0.1% (1/10%) sales and use tax imposed on goods and services. This tax is currently being imposed so the tax rate would not increase from its current rate.
Can I see some examples?
|Item||Purchase||Tax @ .10%|
|Grocery Bill||$400||$.40 (forty cents)|
|Retail||$150||$.15 (fifteen cents)|
|Car||$25,000||$25.00 (twenty five dollars)|
|Dining Out||$40||$.04 (four cents)|
|Furniture||$1,000||$1.00 (one dollar)|
Sample Ballot PropositionZAP TAX PROPOSTION 13SHALL RICHFIELD CITY, UTAH BE AUTHORIZED TO IMPOSE A 0.1% (1/10%) SALES AND USE TAX FOR THE CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND POOL FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS AS PREVIOUSLY ENACTED ACCORDING TO STATE LAW?VOTE FOR ONE
- FOR THE PROPOSTION
- AGAINST THE PROPOSTION
How to Vote
The ZAP Tax renewal is part of the upcoming general election. In addition to this proposition, statewide and county races will appear on the ballot, along with several statewide ballot initiatives. Richfield residents will receive their election ballots in the mail on or about October 15, 2018. Voting can be done by mail, or if you wish to vote on election day (November 6th), you can vote at the Sevier County Fair Grounds. Richfield City encourages you to study the candidates and the issues being voted upon, and to exercise your right to vote.