Voters shoot down sales tax measures

Laramie, Wyo. – Over 90 percent of sales tax increases were defeated by voters across the state this week. None of this surprises Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director George Parks who says citizens are aware that the state has a lot of money right now.

In Converse County, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have imposed a sales tax for a new jail. The current jail in the county is much too small, and now that the voters rejected the sales tax, County Commissioner Jim Willox says officials are looking at their options.

"We have the ongoing issue of where are we going to put these inmates that we're responsible for?" he says. "The spaces in Wyoming are filling up."

Most county sales tax issues and property tax increases failed on Election Day. County Commissioners Association Director Joe Evans blames the weak national economy for some of that. But he adds that citizens probably believe that state government has enough money to build these projects on their own.