Science Zone gets funding to build expanded facility

(Photo: Brittany Lynn Elliott)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Science Zone wants to build an expanded facility.

They will receive $334,444 of One-Cent Optional Sales Tax funding to support this project, after the Casper City Council approved that funding on Tuesday, July 2.

The Council voted to approve more than $3 million in special projects allocations during their meeting, with the Science Zone being just one among a group of organizations to receive funding.

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The organizations will be required to use the funding as outlined in their contracts with the City, which can be found in the Council’s work packet.

City Manager Carter Napier says the funding recommendations grew out of input the City received from the public.

“To me, it’s a contract with the community,” he said of the authorization of the funding.

Napier explained that the City conducted public surveys and special work groups ahead of the 2018 elections.

Information from those efforts guided the City’s funding recommendations for the special projects.

Napier added that the public voted to continue the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax with between 70-75% support.

He said the reason these projects are listed as “No. 16” is because this four year funding period began on July 1.

He said he thinks the projects are “pretty consistent with what the citizens tell us.”