Our View: RAMP merits renewal

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:57 PM

Editorial Board, Standard-Examiner

RAMP funding will be up for renewal this fall, and we offer strong support for its renewal in Weber County. In fact, it would be a great value for Weber County residents if the RAMP tax was doubled from its current one penny in retail sales tax on every $10 buy.

However, even if it stays at its current penny every $10 in sales allotment, that’s just fine, too. To lose the RAMP tax would be a big loss for the county.

RAMP, which stands for “recreation, arts, museum and parks,” has been a positive investment for Weber County for the past 10 years. Whether children have benefited from RAMP to perform a play at The Treehouse in Ogden, or persons of all ages have enjoyed parks and trails partially funded by RAMP, it’s been a people investment.

The very modest RAMP tax improves the quality of life in Weber County. Residents have the opportunity to have access to recreation, arts, museums and parks that might not be available but for the RAMP funding. Those who choose to visit Weber County for a few days or more benefit from what RAMP helps create. And if they are drawn here for a spell thanks to a RAMP-assisted offering, there’s a good chance that they’ll spend money here, providing tax dollars to Weber County.

The dollars that have been collected from the RAMP funding are impressive. In 2012, the funding was about $2.6 million. By this year, the funding will have grown to almost $3.1 million. Municipalities, as well as organizations, share in the RAMP assistance. Based on non-major retail purchases, a middle-class family will contribute well below $20 a year to the RAMP tax. That’s a great investment for what’s offered annually.

To learn more about RAMP, go to its website at http://www.co.weber.ut.us/ramp/. One more time, we’ll add that it’s a good deal that merits renewal.

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