(Stew Dyer / Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council passed an ordinance to extend the 5th cent tax in perpetuity on Aug. 15. This was the third reading of the ordinance. The future of the tax extension now lies with the other Natrona County municipalities if they decide to discuss the same avenue.

The topic has been hotly debated over the last several weeks, with significant public comment both for and against the contentious ordinance.

The ordinance is only one step on a long road for the tax to be extended for the county. A similar ordinance would need to be passed by a majority of Natrona County municipalities as well as the Natrona County Commissioners for it to take effect.

The City of Mills has recently started discussing the extension.

Due to ongoing and extensive renovations at City Hall, the City Council held its meeting in The Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone Highway, at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 5:30. The session was open to the public. People could also watch a livestream of the meeting on the City of Casper YouTube channel.