OGDEN -- The Weber County RAMP Tax Recreation and Parks Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss possible funding for 36 projects from across the county.
The eight-person committee reviewed and ranked each application for projects looking for a chunk of the $680,000 in RAMP funds designated for parks and recreation. Separate committees decide on major projects, such as the Ogden field house, and arts and museums.
The committee examines need, previous funding, signage and commitments by others to a project.
The committee will examine the applications through the next week and make its decisions at its next meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Some of the applications that received rankings of 80 percent or higher include $70,000 for an amphitheater in South Ogden; $30,200 for reconstruction and trails with the U.S. Forest Service; and $25,960 for fencing and a scoreboard for Weber County Fairgrounds.
A top-ranked project would devote $183,500 to Weber Pathways to develop Pineview Loop Pathway. Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Christiansen, Mark Bunker and Helena Liebman recused themselves from ranking the application because of their involvement with Weber Pathways.
For each application, the committee keeps in mind whether a project is readily available and accessible by residents of the entire county. Ranking takes into account project collaboration, including additional revenue streams and volunteers committed to a project.
Signage is an important aspect of an application. Because RAMP funds come from taxes collected from throughout the county, committee members want the public to know where the money is spent. Projects must prominently feature a RAMP logo.
"We are past the years of educating the entities that regularly apply about signage," Christiansen said.
The fund comes from a tax approved by Weber County voters in 2004 that allows the county to impose a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent, which is 1 cent on a $10 sale, to improve recreation, arts, museums and parks.
Committee members know the importance of RAMP money to get a project started or sometimes just completed.
"Some of these projects, if you don't fund the entire project, it doesn't get done," Christiansen said.