The Recreation, Arts, and Parks Program (RAP) enhances RAP programs and facilities in Kanab City. The RAP Tax is a sales tax that is added to the regular sales tax rate. Revenues generated by the RAP tax are reserved for specific areas of focus in our community, such as:

  • Parks
  • Recreation Programs 
  • Cultural Arts Programs

One benefit of the RAP Tax is that Kanab City residents don’t pay the full cost as they would with a property tax rate increase.

The RAP Tax is 1/10th of 1% sales tax. This equals out to be 1 cent on every $10 spent, $1.00 on every $100 spent, and $10 on every $1000 spent.

Collecting once cent on every $10 spent doesn’t sound like much but all those pennies add up to great things for Kanab City Residents!

Frequently Asked Questions about RAP Tax

Who pays the RAP Tax? The tax is collected on sales and uses within Kanab City. Therefore, it is not tax solely on Kanab residents. To the contrary, it is a tax anyone that purchases a good or service within Kanab City boundaries. A visitor or tourist that may shop in Kanab stores will contribute to the RAP tax.

What is the RAP Tax? The RAP Tax is 1/10th of 1% sales tax that would be included on sales and uses within Kanab City. It does not include sales for most food items and food ingredients.

Is this a property tax? No, this is not a property tax. This is a sales and use tax. Therefore, it is not automatically assessed on each resident. It is charged at the point of sale.

Has Kanab City increased property taxes this year? No, Kanab City has not increased property taxes.

Will Kanab City be increasing property taxes this year? No, the Kanab City fiscal year 2021 budget does not include a property tax increase.

Has Kanab City raised other taxes on Kanab City residents this year? No, Kanab City has not raised taxes on residents this year. One tax on the November ballot, the RAP Tax, has been placed by Kanab.

Is the RAP Tax permanent? No, the RAP Tax is levied for 10 years. After the 10 years, the City can propose to reauthorize the tax for an additional 10 years by placing it on the ballot again.

How is the RAP Tax used? According to Utah State code, the RAP tax can be used for a broad list of recreational, cultural, or zoological facilities and recreational, cultural, or zoological programs or organizations that provide a benefit to the City.

Funding may be used for capital improvements of publicly owned or operated amenities such as but not limited to:

  • Parks/playground equipment
  • Playing fields/courts
  • Trails/Bike paths
  • Splash pads
  • Swimming pools
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Recreation Centers

Funding may be used to support municipal or non-profit organizations providing programs such as, but not limited to:

  • Live theater
  • Festivals
  • Youth Arts
  • Theater groups
  • Symphonies
  • Museums

Have projects already been identified? There is not a predetermined list of projects for the RAP Tax. Potential projects may be selected from the Kanab City Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan that was recently developed.


If you have any questions that you would like us to answer about the RAP Tax, please submit your question below.

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