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Governor reminds Wyoming residents property tax refunds available under new law; deadline approaching

Governor Mark Gordon gives his state of the state address during the 2022 Wyoming State Legislature's joint session. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming residents have until June 6 to apply for 2021 property tax refunds available under a new program established by legislation signed into law by Governor Mark Gordon in March.

People who have been residents of Wyoming for at least five years and who have paid their 2021 property taxes in full are eligible for the refunds if they meet income requirements specific to each county, the governor’s office said in a press release Wednesday.

Gordon encouraged people to take advantage of the program by the June 6 deadline, with some residents experiencing increases to their property tax assessments. In Natrona County, the assessor’s office sent out property tax valuation notices earlier this month and Natrona County Assessor Matt Keating said assessed values of agricultural, personal and commercial properties “are up about 15% across the board.”

“Wyoming has not raised tax rates, and yet Wyoming citizens are feeling the pinch as their home values have risen,” Governor Gordon said in the press release Wednesday. “They are seeing it in their assessed valuations on their property. Homeowners need some relief, and this program offers some.” 

The refunds cannot exceed half of a person’s 2021 property tax bill under the new law. There are also limits based on median residential property tax liability and county of residence, according to the governor’s office.

“Application forms and additional information are available from your local county treasurer and from the Wyoming Department of Revenue,” the governor’s office added. “Applications may be submitted online at https://wptrs.wyo.gov/ or mailed to the Department of Revenue.”

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