Emery County Commission Discusses Taxes, Grants and Events


The Emery County Commission met on Tuesday. Among the items discussed was a RAP (Recreation, Art and Parks) tax of .1%. This tax would bring in approximately $164,000 annually to be used in projects relating to parks and recreation. The Emery County Commission came to the conclusion that the decision about imposing the tax will remain with the individual cities and towns, moving that Emery County will not be imposing a RAP tax.

A State Task Force Grant was approved to be used by law enforcement. This grant will be used for training and equipment. As part of using this grant, law enforcement will be giving presentations and holding trainings.

In other news, a SITLA (School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration) Board meeting was recently held. At the meeting, concerns for grazers were raised. Members of the SITLA Board came to Emery County to view the local area, including places such as the Wedge. A site viewing will be hosted for a fence project on the road to Goblin Valley. This fence will aim to keep cattle in the area from getting injured or killed.

A ribbon cutting will be held in Goblin Valley on Tuesday, June 9 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the Wild Horse Mesa Mountain Bike Trail. All are invited to attend the celebration and take part in a short ride following the ribbon cutting.

Also discussed at the meeting is a new app has been developed for those who enjoy the outdoors. The Avenza Maps App allows for accurate PDF maps of the San Rafael Swell to be viewed. The maps can be downloaded onto various mobile devices. The app also provides GPS to help track the user’s journey.

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