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Natrona County holding special election Tuesday for voters to decide on ‘sixth cent’ tax

Election staff communicate while helping voters during the 2020 primary at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Industrial Building on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A special election asking Natrona County voters to consider a “sixth cent” temporary special purpose tax will be held on Tuesday, November 2.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. People can find where they should go to vote using Natrona County’s online Polling Place Locator.

Polling locations are generally the same as for regular elections. The one polling location that has changed is for Precinct 2-6. Voters in that precinct should go to Radius Church, located at 4301 Casper Mountain Road, rather than the Shrine Club to vote.

Voters should be sure to bring identification in order to vote in person. New Wyoming law took effect on July 1 requiring voters show an accepted form of ID in order to vote in person. The following forms of ID are accepted as verification to vote in the state, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office:

  • WY Driver’s License or ID Card
  • Tribal ID Card
  • Valid US Passport
  • US Military Card
  • DL or ID Card from Another State
  • University of Wyoming Student ID
  • Wyoming Community College Student ID
  • Wyoming Public School Student ID
  • Valid Medicare Insurance Card
  • Valid Medicaid Insurance Card

In addition to voting on Tuesday, people can still drop off early voting ballots to the Natrona County Clerk’s Office until 5 p.m. Monday. That office is located at 200 North Center St., Room 154. Absentee/early voting ballots cannot be dropped off at polling locations on Tuesday.

The ballot’s single “for/against” proposal is for a 1% specific purpose sales and use excise tax for two specific infrastructure projects. The temporary tax would be in effect until the roughly $4.4 million needed for both projects is raised.

One project is the repair of a roughly seven-mile stretch of pipeline that brings drinking water to Edgerton and Midwest and is currently succumbing to corrosion issues.

The other is to complete the renovation of Midwest Avenue in downtown Casper from Walnut to Poplar Street.

If voters approve the “sixth cent,” sales and use taxes would increase by one cent (from 5% to 6%) for a three-month period beginning April 1, 2022, according to a website created by LUM studio, a firm hired by the City of Casper to mount a public information campaign.

Further information about the proposed sixth cent is available in the following articles: