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Fri February 22, 2008
Big Debate on City and County Funding
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – Look for city and county funding to be a big part of discussions when a compromise budget is discussed next week.
Senators and Representatives on the budget conference committee will pick up where they left off on debate this week.
Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says that he thinks that the state may have gone too far in trying to provide extra funding for local government. Cohee says this is especially true for areas that may not be benefiting from the energy boom.
But Thermopolis Republican Lorraine Quarberg says all areas lost money when the state removed the food tax, which provided direct revenue for local government.
Laramie Representative Kermit Brown stuck up for places like Albany county that don't raise a lot of revenue. He notes that UW does not pay taxes, which impacts Laramie's bottom line.