Cities and Counties Differ on Future of Local Option Taxes
Written by jordanmckamey on July 17, 2019
Wyoming cities want only people living inside their limits to have say on city taxes–a change some county governments say would put them at a disadvantage.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Sunday that state lawmakers heard from city and county officials last week while discussing changes to the local-option tax.
Under current law, cities can ask voters to approve sales tax increases, but these taxes must be approved across entire counties.
Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director David Fraser says the change would give cities more control and would give voters direct say over the taxes they pay.
Opponents including the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association say it could become difficult for rural counties with limited tax base to raise revenue.
Washakie County has voted on and passed an optional 1 percent tax in the past two election cycles–it benefits multiple entities and the funds are currently being used on a number of road improvement projects in Worland.