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Casper amends timeline of agreement to pay $50K per year to ‘Proud to Host the Best’

NCHS’ Emma Patik goes for the layup as Sheridan’s Gillian Mitzel defends during quarterfinals on Friday morning at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper in March 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council in November 2021 authorized an agreement for the city to pay the Proud to Host the Best Committee $50,000 per year for four years in order to help support that committee’s efforts to have Casper host Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) tournaments in Casper.

The city council approved an amendment changing the timeline of the agreement during its Tuesday, January 18 meeting. The amendment does not change the amount of funding the city will provide to Proud to Host the Best but adjusts the timing of the payments.

City staff explain in a memo that Proud to Host the Best requested changes to the timeline in order to match dates in a memorandum of understanding between Proud to Host the Best, the WHSAA, the Natrona County School District, Casper College and the Casper Events Center (or Ford Wyoming Center).

Under the amended agreement, the City of Casper will pay Proud to Host the Best $50,000 per year in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. The memo from city staff notes that the city did not make a contribution to Proud to Host the Best in 2021.

While the city’s overall contribution to Proud to Host the Best has not changed, the memo states that the city council will need to consider a budget amendment as a $50,000 contribution has not been budgeted for in the fiscal year 2022 budget.