The Mayor of Cody says residents in her community can expect to see budget cuts and a reduction of services following the failure of a one-percent sales tax which was intended to address infrastructure needs of Park County.
Mayor Nancy Tia Brown says her community will see some changes: “It was a time for the Cody voters or the county voters to let us know if they wanted to continue things as they were or make adjustments. And we are going to have to make some adjustments.”
Beyond selecting federal and state candidates, Wyoming voters decided the fate of numerous local ballot initiatives.
In Weston County, voters increased property taxes to raise funds for the local hospital, nursing home, and other health services. Sweetwater County voted to issue bonds to build a new pool at the high school, and passed a 1% sales tax for infrastructure projects. Platte County will re-authorize property taxes to fund a nursing home, and Converse County approved a 1% sales tax to build a library and an education building.
In addition to voting on candidates this general election, voters were asked to decide on three Constitutional Amendments and, in most counties, on local proposals for sales taxes and development projects.
Here's the breakdown of the ballot questions.
- Authorize property tax not exceeding 1/2 mill on the dollar of assessed valuation of all taxable property in Albany County for planning, developing and providing regional transportation?
- Authorize 1/4 penny sales tax to benefit Laramie Economic Development Corporation? FAILED
Two U-S Senate candidates differ on the role of the environmental protection agency. Senator John Barrasso says the E-P-A has hurt Wyoming’s energy industry and has developed unfair regulations that have harmed the coal industry.
“You know I think what the EPA has done for 40 years has made remarkable progress, but now we are at a point, at this point I believe they are failing America by the impact that they are having on so many energy jobs because of regulations coming out of Washington.”
Early voting in Wyoming begins Thursday. Since 1991, the state has allowed absentee voting without an excuse.
People may register and in many instances they may vote in person at the County Courthouse or they can take their ballot home and return it. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says it’s very popular.
“People that are thinking they may be out of town, shift workers who it’s hard for them to get to the polls, the elderly, it’s just a convenience for a lot of people.”