PARC Tax

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Prop #7 is on the ballot in November regarding a PARC tax. The residents of Lehi will vote to determine if the City Council should adopt the PARC tax or not. This webpage will provide you with information and answer questions about the PARC tax so you can make an informed decision when you vote in November.

Exemptions

Sales tax will be collected on purchases within Lehi City, excluding groceries, gas, utilities, prescription medications and medical equipment. A full list of exemptions can be found on the state website: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title59/Chapter12/59-12-S104.html?v=C59-12-S104_2019051420191001

Potential Use of Revenue

Here are some examples of ways the funds could be used:

Parks: Playing fields, Park amenities, Trails and Bike paths

Arts: Non-profit performance groups, Performing Arts Center

Recreation: Recreation facilities (new or upgrades)

Culture: Museums, Festivals, Heritage

**This is not a comprehensive list but gives an idea of what qualifies for use of the tax revenue


Click on the Tax Calculator to view how much PARC tax you would pay on different purchase amounts.


Prop #7 is on the ballot in November regarding a PARC tax. The residents of Lehi will vote to determine if the City Council should adopt the PARC tax or not. This webpage will provide you with information and answer questions about the PARC tax so you can make an informed decision when you vote in November.

Exemptions

Sales tax will be collected on purchases within Lehi City, excluding groceries, gas, utilities, prescription medications and medical equipment. A full list of exemptions can be found on the state website: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title59/Chapter12/59-12-S104.html?v=C59-12-S104_2019051420191001

Potential Use of Revenue

Here are some examples of ways the funds could be used:

Parks: Playing fields, Park amenities, Trails and Bike paths

Arts: Non-profit performance groups, Performing Arts Center

Recreation: Recreation facilities (new or upgrades)

Culture: Museums, Festivals, Heritage

**This is not a comprehensive list but gives an idea of what qualifies for use of the tax revenue


Click on the Tax Calculator to view how much PARC tax you would pay on different purchase amounts.


Questions on PARC Tax

Ask any questions you have on the PARC tax and City Staff will answer shortly. 

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    Can I get a PARC Tax sign or two for my yard? I live on a highly trafficked street and would love to help advocate for this.

    Kayteebee asked 4 days ago

    Hello – The City does not advocate for or against the proposition. We are trying to provide information so that voters are informed. A sign for or against would need to come from an advocacy group or you could consider making your own.

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    According to the capital projects summary in the 2021-2022 final budget, $5,000,000 will go towards Mellor Rhodes Park construction, $5,000,000 to the Peck Family Park construction, $5,000,000 to Dry Creek Park, and $2,000,000 to parks building, and $500,000 for a Vets Ballpark parking lot. If the $5,000,000 for Mellor Rhodes is coming from the sales tax increase, where is the other $12,500,000 to fund these projects coming from?

    M.Stallings asked 12 days ago

    We reached out to Finance and they informed is that the $2m for the Parks Building is coming from the sale of the old police building. $1.5m of the $5.0m for Dry Creek Park will be coming from a grant from Utah County. The rest of the funds ($9.0m) are coming from funds the City has saved up over previous years to do capital projects.

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    I received the voter information packet on the sales tax increase in the mail. It lists a lot of possible ways the increased tax revenue could be used if the tax hike were to pass, but contains no specifics. What projects or parks will this money be used for exactly?

    M.Stallings asked 14 days ago

    Hello - If the tax is approved by the voters, The FY 2022 budget has $5 million allocated toward phase one of Mellor Rhodes Park. The Council also discussed how the funds would be divided at the September 7th Work Session meeting which you can find here as item 3.1: https://lehi.granicus.com/player/clip/397?view_id=2&redirect=true&fbclid=IwAR3pKZDgcvuSps8djj0pzJoDRaAtDJtafCk4xhy7xOgK9uC2rJGK8uvjI4k.

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    What has Lehi City done in the past to fund these types of projects?

    M.M. asked 20 days ago

    Hello – Parks are funded through the General Fund and through Parks Impact Fees. The Cultural Arts Council receives funding through the Special Projects Department in the General Fund. The Recreation Division receives funding from the General Fund as well as from the Recreation Special Revenue Fund. You can find the FY 2022 Lehi City Budget Document here: https://www.lehi-ut.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Budget-Document-Web-FY-2022.pdf. The proposed PARC tax would provide additional funding for parks, arts, recreation, and cultural projects and programming.

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    Why are we talking about building more parks and other projects when the current facilities the city has are not being maintained. I don’t agree with a increase in taxes to build more parks and other things if you can’t maintain what we already have.

    Rebekah asked 20 days ago

    Hello – We are sorry that you have found facilities that are not being maintained. Our Parks Department works hard to provide beautiful and functional spaces. If you see an issue, please call and report it at 385-201-1000 so that we can have it fixed.

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    City leaders are discussing bonding against the PARC tax revenue. If they decide to go that route, how much money will go towards paying interest on that debt?

    M.Stallings asked about 1 month ago

    Hello - We wouldn't know the actual amount of interest because it would depend on the interest rate environment at the time. A rough estimate based on market conditions today would be around $500K in interest over a 10-year period. This isn't always the case, but right now cost inflation on a construction project is likely increasing at a faster rate than our borrowing cost. So, if we didn't bond, but rather saved the PARC tax money to avoid paying interest we would likely lose more in inflation than we would save in interest by not borrowing.

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    The tax is 1 cent per $10. My family's monthly grocery cost is about $500/month. This equates to 50 cents. How was the tax percentage determined? I would also support a tax rate of double or tripled of what is currently proposed.

    Chris brown asked about 1 month ago

    Hello – The amount of the tax is set forth by State Code (specifically 59-12-1402). You can find that in its entirety here: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title59/Chapter12/59-12-P14.html.

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    We have people from many neighboring communities that regularly use the Legacy Center & other city parks/amenities. What percentage of the PARC sales tax would be paid by non-Lehi residents?

    Rob Ludlow asked about 2 months ago

    Hello – You are correct in your acknowledgement that anyone who makes purchases in Lehi would be contributing to the PARC tax. This would include those who visit Lehi shopping centers, entertainment facilities, and more. Unfortunately, we don’t have a way to calculate what percentage of purchases that take place in Lehi are made by those who are not residents of the City.

    The reverse is also true. Lehi residents are paying toward this tax in other cities that they visit such as Orem, American Fork, and in Salt Lake County.

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    What are your plans to improve the dog park at Willow Park?

    Zenacat1 asked about 2 months ago

    Hello – The City will be going out for design on improvements for the dog park at Willow Park this fall.

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    Is there a plan any where in the city for a large park/play ground with updated equipment with a splash pad comparable to Eagle Mt's Cory Wride memorial park or Wardle Fields in Bluffdale?

    Erin James asked about 2 months ago

    Hello - There are multiple large parks currently in the planning phases. There is not currently a plan to build another splash pad. If you are not aware, there is a splash pad at Ivory Ridge Park.

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