CASPER, Wyo —The Board of County Commissioners today approved its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, a process that began May 19.
“It feels really good to have it done,” said Chairman Rob Hendry. “And no layoffs and no furloughs… We run pretty lean anyway.”
He added that revenues had been down as much as 19% since the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in mass public closures in mid-March.
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Commissioner Forrest Chadwick said that, as in the past, many departments came in under budget, and ended up rolling $3.44 million into the $48.7 million 2020-2021 budget. Anticipated revenues by Natrona County next year are $42.3 million, with an estimated $2.2 million from the state.
Chairman Hendry said very few projects had to be cut. He said the county will be able to move forward with projects including:
- New asphalt at the Natrona County Fairgrounds and Agricultural Resource Center.
- Finishing renovations to the Industrial Building
- New backup computer systems for the courthouse
- Gravel reinforcements to roads and installation of a bath house at Alcova Lake
- New roofs and improvements to shelters at Ponderosa Park and Beartrap Park on Casper Mountain.
- A substance abuse and suicide prevention program underway at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.