North Summit Recreation funds are strained, and participation fees are not enough to cover our programs. In addition, the district is facing a $10,000.00 deficit due to the elimination of funds from the Summit County general fund. NS Rec was the only special service district in Summit County that received County funding in 2018. After reviewing all options, the Board decided it was in the best interest of the District to issue this levy. Without passing this increase participation fees will continue to increase to cover the cost of program operation.How much is the tax?
The average home owner could expect to see a property tax increase of approximately $20.00 per year.What will the tax funds be used for?
The tax funds received would be used for operational costs of youth sports programs and possible program expansion.Are there other methods to support the youth programs?
Yes. For the 2019 budget year the participation fees for youth sports have been increased to cover the deficit in the budget. Fundraising and grants are welcomed, but lack consistency.How Do surrounding communities fund their youth sports programs?
Snyderville Basin Recreation- Property tax and fees.
Park City- Fees and City general fund.
South Summit- Fees, South Summit School District general funds and Summit County general funds (Also being reduced for 2019).
Morgan Recreation- Fees, property tax and Morgan School District.
Wasatch County- Fees, sponsors and property tax.Will additional programs be offered?
Currently the focus would be youth-based program to ensure we are meeting the demands of keeping our youth active and engaged. Currently NS Rec offers youth basketball, flag and contact football, volleyball, baseball/softball, soccer and some summer camps. In the future the funds would provide opportunities for additional programs as well.Will the participation fee be reduced if the tax passes?
Yes. There is a strong possibility the participation fee may be reduced.Are any new facilities to be constructed with the funds?
The current focus will remain on program operations. However, the possibility of future development may be necessary as needs grow in our community.Is it possible to run the programs cheaper?
NS Rec is always reviewing how to manage programs at the lowest possible cost and still provide high quality recreation opportunities. The programs are reviewed annually to determine if costs can be cut and what the most cost-effective methods to operate youth programs.How will our communities benefit from the tax?
- Youth sports will remain in the community
- An option of organized adult recreation programs may become available
- Improved quality of life
- Establishment of a program that is not dependent on Summit County fundingWill adult sports be offered with the tax?
Yes. Survey data shows North Summit citizens would like to see more adult recreation. Which currently this option cannot be met. Our current budget does not allow for adult recreation opportunities but with this increase that option can become a reality.Can we reclaim the $10,000.00 deficit funds back from Summit County?
No. Based on current budget strains Summit County is no longer able to offer these funds. The money is needed for operational costs and programs that support the County Council’s strategic plan.Is fundraising a possibility?
Yes. Fundraising is always welcomed, but in order to continue providing quality recreation a sustained source of funding will always be necessary.
Volunteer Service option to save funds?
Yes. This practice is currently and will always be required to operate recreation programs. However, it is very difficult to obtain even parent coaches for the youth sports. To provide smooth operating and functional programs requires a director, to ensure the job is done right and for the giving of their time a small wage is issued.