Law Sets Important Date for School Districts

Laramie, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill telling Wyoming's wealthiest school districts the date when they needed to stop reaping windfalls from local property tax revenue.

That date was Nov. 15, 2006, just over a week after voters approved a constitutional amendment that sought to put an end to the windfalls.

The amendment sought to close a loophole in state law allowing the state's wealthiest school districts to keep tens of millions of dollars in local revenue.

The five wealthy school districts have filed a lawsuit contesting when, and if, the constitutional amendment went into
effect. But although the new law attempts to address to those issues, it's unlikely to resolve the lawsuit.

The districts continue to have concerns about the amendment becoming effective midway through their budget year. Also, Gov. Freudenthal says the judge who is hearing the lawsuit won't necessarily find new law helpful.

District Judge Nancy Guthrie in Jackson is considering whether to send the matter to the Wyoming Supreme Court.