OGDEN -- Free days at museums, parks and pools are coming to Weber County for a third year.
RAMP taxes will once again fund free summer activities throughout the county. The Weber commissioners unanimously approved the schedule.
Candadai Seshachari, outgoing RAMP chairman and the force behind creating the RAMP tax in Weber County, said he has already gotten many calls and e-mails from local mothers asking about this year's schedule.
The free summer programs are some of RAMP's most popular programs, he said.
"It's tangible, very, very tangible, and this is exactly what the RAMP tax is supposed to do," Seshachari said. "You can feel it. You can touch it."
The fund comes from a tax established 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.
Attendance is increasing exponentially from when the free summer activities began two years ago, Stephanie Christiansen, parks and recreation chairwoman, said at a recent commission meeting.
She said attendance on Saturdays at the Ogden Nature Center jumped from 30 people to 300.
Seshechari said movies at Peery's Egyptian Theater went from an average of 300 people attending each movie in the first year to 900 per movie last year
Although the RAMP board had $2.6 million to disburse this year, compared with last year's $3.2 million, the summer programs are going strong.
Every Saturday from the beginning of June to Aug. 21 has several free activities. Seshachari said while getting the RAMP grants to Weber County was a battle, he believes they're here to stay now.
"No commissioner who opposes RAMP will be elected in this county, I think," he said.
The free activities are open to anyone.
Seshachari said no proof of Weber County residency is required. And while the RAMP tax is around, he said, free summer movies, days at Fort Buenaventura and programs at the Ott Planetarium at Weber State University will be around, too.