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Natrona voters will be asked to approve 2% local lodging tax this fall; other 2% of Visit Casper’s budget guaranteed out of statewide 5% tax

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Visit Casper Marketing Manager Amanda Scherlin told the Casper City Council on Tuesday that voters in Natrona County can expect to be asked to consider renewing the local lodging tax this November.

Scherlin noted that the lodging tax question on the ballot will look different than in years past due to the recent passage of a statewide lodging tax. Wyoming’s new 5% statewide lodging tax structure took effect on July 1, 2021 after Governor Mark Gordon signed the lodging tax legislation into law in March 2020.

Prior to the statewide lodging tax taking effect, local governments were able to impose local lodging taxes up to 4%. Under the new law, local lodging taxes are capped at 2%. However, 2% of the 5% statewide lodging tax is distributed to counties in proportion to the statewide lodging taxes collected within that county.

Scherlin said at the city council’s work session on Tuesday that if voters approve the 2% local lodging tax, the overall budget for Visit Casper (also known as the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council) will remain similar as in years past due to the 2% it is guaranteed out of the 5% statewide tax.