Laramie's Funding Crisis
Laramie, WY – Calling it a crisis, the Mayor of Laramie says there will need to be some changes in what city programs get funding this year. Mayor Fred Homer says the city is looking at a $900,000 funding shortfall for operations. He says without significant state support, the city will have to trim staff. State Lawmakers say they will provide additional cash this legislative session, but Homer fears it will not be an increase that communities can bank on in the future. City Manager Bonnie Ridley-Kraft denies that Laramie has ever overspent. She places the blame on a cap the legislature placed on revenue for communities. She also says Laramie faced additional hardships because sales tax collections are less in Laramie then elsewhere. The city's largest employer, the University of Wyoming, is tax-exempt.