By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – The Cody city council will hold three meetings this week, to consider budget cuts.
The biggest money-saving proposals are pay reductions and cutbacks in capital projects. But Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown says the city is looking for savings at all levels. The rec center may have to stay closed on Sundays, and there could also be changes in trash pickup. "For instance we have a large-item pick-up that we do in Cody as a service to our citizenry here," she said. "And it's always been gratis. Well this year I don't think we're going to be able to do it gratis. I think the recommended charge is $30. Now that's not huge, but it adds up."
Low sales tax revenues and reduced allocations from the state are making cuts unavoidable in many Wyoming communities. In all, the Cody city council will consider more than 660 thousand dollars worth of budget reductions this week.