The RAP initiative will be on the ballot in November of 2014 - Please consider attending this meeting to show support and be part of the conversation.  Click here to download flyer.



You are invited to attend

The Inauguration of RAP Recreation, Arts & Parks

Thursday, September 25, 4:30-6:30pm

Arts Center Building, 86 S. Main Street, 3rd floor, Saint George

Presentation, Guest speakers, Print materials available

RAP will provide a diverse mix of recreational opportunities and artistic endeavors that enhance the quality of life, support health and well being, and promote sustainable business and tourism throughout the County.

ALL municipalities will receive revenue to secure funding for recreation and art projects, and ensure that Cities work together with the County to improve recreation, arts and parks throughout Washington County.

Distribution of funds will begin April 2015:

85% appropriated as follows:

  • 67% (of 85%) Divided among parties based on population

  • 33% (of 85%) Divided among parties based on point of sale; includes unincorporated areas, overseen by Washington County

15% appropriated for cultural organizations. Distributed to 501c3 nonprofits through an application process via the County Commission, following recommendations from an appointed seven-member advisory board.

An Interlocal Cooperation Agreement (ICA) has been presented to County Municipalities requesting a resolution in support of the tax being on November’s ballot.

More than ¾ of the County communities have already passed this...

If you are unable to attend, please share this invitationwith a group of which you are a member, a neighbor, a local business or community organization –

Everyone needs the facts, and you can assist in spreading the word before November 4!

RAP Community Committee,

The  Washington  County  Arts  Council  (WCAC) coordinates  and  promotes  leadership  and  policies that   encourage  and  foster  a  strong,  vibrant  and cohesive  arts  community  for  the purpose of enriching the  lives  of  County  residents  and visitors.

This  is primarily  through  professional development activities,   cooperative  planning  and promotion.


Some FAQs about WCAC


Who do you serve, and where? WCAC works with artists, professional organizations, community-based groups and school arts providers to realize their potential. Our support reaches throughout Washington County in all artistic disciplines.

Where does your operational support come from? We receive ongoing support from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, as well as the County; a majority of the Cities and Municipalities have also contributed to our efforts.

How are you different than the St. George Arts Commission or the Utah Department of Arts & Museums? WCAC is known as a Local Arts Agency, functioning at the County level.


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Washington County Arts Council welcomes everyone’s involvement.

We value your input, participation and donations.

Find out what WCAC can do for YOU!



Some FAQs about RAP


What is RAP? RAP stands for Recreation, Arts and Parks, a proposed increase of 1/10 of 1% of Sales Tax. It is similar to Salt Lake County’s ZAP (Zoo, Arts & Parks) and Cache County’s RAPZ (Recreation, Arts, Parks and Zoos) taxes. This program would go before voters in 2014, and benefit established and new Arts and Recreation programs throughout Washington County. Talks continue to create the best plan for all County citizens.

How much money are we talking about? It is anticipated that over two million dollars could become available for arts and recreation projects throughout the County. Again, this would come from 1/10 of 1% of County Sales Tax, which includes residents AND tourists. This is approximately $ .04 cents per day/per person or about $14.55 per year.



This project is supported by the Utah Arts Council, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.




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