By Bob Beck
Casper, Wy –
A major decrease in sales tax revenue has pushed the city of Casper to implement a hiring freeze. City Manager Tom Forslund says the downturn in the local economy has made a huge dent in what they normally get from sales taxes.
"Anywhere from 23 to 25% below last year's numbers at this time. So as a result we are taking steps to stem the use of our reserves. "
Forslund says they will hire some essential workers, but they will put off any additional hiring until the revenue picture turns around.