The Lindon PARC Tax will be on the election ballot this November for the residents of Lindon to decide if they want to renew this sales use tax for another 10 years.
PARC is an acronym for Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture. In 2013, 66.7% of Lindon City voters approved a 1/10th of 1% (0.1%) increase in the local sales and use tax as a means of enhancing funding for local recreational facilities and parks, as well as support for arts and cultural organizations within Lindon City.
Where does the sales tax come from?
Revenue comes from all shoppers (Lindon Residents and Non-Residents) whom shop and do business in Lindon. The City estimates that up to 45%-55% of sales taxes received within Lindon are paid by individuals and businesses from outside the City. Other near-by cities have also passed a similar tax including Orem, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, American Fork, Provo, and Payson. All customers that shop in those cities also pay the tax to the respective city.
How much is $.01 Sales Tax?
Example Purchase Cost Tax @0.10%
Groceries $300.00 $0.30
Retail Purchase $190.00 $0.19
Car Purchase $23,750 $23.75
Phone Bill $29.95 $0.03
Dining Out $45.00 $0.05
Where does the sales tax go?
PARC Tax revenue may be used for parks, trails, community arts, historic & cultural programs, the community center, pool and potential grant funding for non-profit cultural organizations with a heavy presence in Lindon. There have been several arts and cultural organizations since the inception of the PARC tax that have received mini-grant money. Those organizations include:
T.A.C.O. (The Awesome Children's Orchestra)
Lindon Chamber Music Society
Lindon Elementary PTA
Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
Garden Valley Pipe Band
Aspen Elementary PTA
United Angels Foundation
Can PARC Tax funds be used on roads, water, sewer or for other City needs?
No, State Code requires that PARC Tax can only be used to, “Finance cultural, recreational, and Zoological facilities” and to “finance the ongoing operating expenses.”
What new or updated amenities have been purchased fully or with assistance from the PARC Tax?
Watch for the Ballot Question Below:
TITLE: LINDON CITY SALES AND USE TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS (KNOW AS PARKS, ARTS, RECREATION, AND CULTURE OR "PARC" TAX).
QUESTION: SHALL LINDON CITY, UTAH, BE AUTHORIZED TO IMPOSE A 0.1% (ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT OR ONE CENT OF EVERY TEN DOLLARS SPENT IN LINDON) SALES AND USE TAX (PARC TAX) FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ONGOING OPERATIONS, AND TO FINANCE ONGOING OPERATIONS OF CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN LINDON CITY, AND WHICH TAX WOULD REMAIN IN PLACE FOR A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS?