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The top three things to know about the Specific Purpose Tax

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On November 2, Natrona County citizens will have an opportunity to decide whether or not the Specific Purpose Tax will be beneficial for the entirety of Natrona County. Each voice counts, and every opinion matters. If you haven’t heard or you want to learn more about the Specific Purpose Tax, a quick visit to natronacountyspt.com will give some insight into the projects, voting information, and how the tax will work. Here are the top things to know about the vote regarding the specific purpose tax:

1. It is for specific projects.

In February 2020, a survey was sent out with utility invoices to Natrona County residents. 865 citizens responded via mail and online. The results of this survey indicated that the infrastructure projects they would be willing to pay for through an additional tax were the Salt Creek Waterline Project and the Midwest Avenue Project.

The Salt Creek Waterline’s critical replacement is vital to the future livability of Midwest and Edgerton. A state grant will cover two-thirds of this project, but a local match is required for full funding. Due to the limited resources in Midwest and Edgerton in funding the match, a tax of this nature is necessary to support this project.

In downtown Casper, the Midwest Avenue Project is nearly complete. The City of Casper has completed other portions of this road reconstruction project with a mix of grants and One Cent Sales Tax. It has one remaining, two-block section to finish in order to create an inviting entrance into the heart of Casper. The funding from this Specific Purpose tax will help to complete this project and support economic development along this section of Midwest Avenue.

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2. It is temporary.

If adopted, the Specific Purpose Tax would run for only three months. Beginning in April 2022 and ending in June 2022, the 6th cent sales tax will provide $4.3 million to fully fund the Salt Creek Waterline and Midwest Avenue projects.

While a Specific Purpose Tax has never been instituted in Natrona County, nearly half of the counties in Wyoming currently have a Specific Purpose Tax in use. This type of tax has proven useful to complete projects within these counties and municipalities and has helped to provide solutions to infrastructure and community issues that may never have had the chance to be completed otherwise.

3. Identification is required to vote.

2021 Voting Requirements remain the same as even-year elections. In accordance with the new requirements from the Wyoming Secretary of State, Wyoming voters must show an acceptable form of identification when voting in person. There are many ID options for you to use to prove your identity. Any of the following documents will be accepted:

  • WY Driver’s License or ID Card
  • Tribal ID Card
  • Valid US Passport
  • US Military Card
  • Driver’s License 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*

Register to vote and learn where to vote at the Natrona County Elections Website.

Voters are encouraged to learn about every aspect of their vote, so a website with every detail about the tax, what it will fund, why it is important, and how to vote is available as a quick resource (natronacountyspt.com). Citizens of Natrona County can come together to help decide for the good of our communities. Your informed vote matters and it matters for Natrona County.

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