WPR News
11:15 am
Tue November 11, 2003

Wyoming Cities Want Share Of Budget Surplus

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's cities and towns would like to have a share of the state's projected one-time budget surplus. Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director George Parks says the state is projected to have a 450 million dollar surplus by the end of this fiscal year. So, Parks believes cities and towns should have ten percent of those one-time funds. He says a lot has been said about the capital construction backlog for the state's schools, but cities and towns have similar needs. Parks estimates cities and towns have about 500 million dollars in contruction projects. He believes they have a good chance of getting that 45 million dollar sum. Parks says the future depends on having quality communities and you don't get those if you don't invest at the community level.