Website launch with information on special purpose tax election, infrastructure projects

Midwest Ave Between Walnut and Poplar (LUM Studio)

CASPER, Wyo. – A new website has been launched to provide information to voters in Natrona County about the proposed specific-purpose tax that appears on the ballot in the special election to be held on November 2.

“Voters should be made aware of why it is being proposed, how much it costs and how those funds will be used,” according to a statement from studio LUM, a company hired by Casper to mount a public information campaign.

The county is seeking to raise $ 4.4 million for two “large, specific and temporary” projects providing “a mix of rural and urban infrastructure for Natrona County.”

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If approved, the sales tax will increase by one cent (from 5% to 6%) for a three-month period beginning April 1, 2022.

According to Salt Creek Joint Powers Board Clerk and Treasurer and Treasurer Michelle Gibbs, one project to which the additional tax revenue would go is the repair of an approximately seven-mile stretch of pipe that brings potable water to Edgerton and Midwest and succumbed to corrosion problems.

Most of the water pipe project is funded by a state grant, the website says, but a third of the budget ($ 2 million) is to come from local sources.

The other project is to complete the renovation of Midwest Avenue in downtown Walnut at Poplar Street, which Natrona County Commission Chairman Paul Bertoglio said anticipates increased traffic to the new office building. the state over Collins.

“The redesigned pavement will be a better entrance to the city center, with better pedestrian access and attractive design features,” said LUM Studio.

Its cost is estimated at $ 2.4 million.

According to the campaign, the specific-use tax has never been used before in Natrona County, but is a tool “well suited” to these two projects, identified in a February 2020 community survey of 865 respondents as being those that community members would be the most. willing to pay for.

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