Lodging tax incorrectly listed for November 7 ballot
PLATTE COUNTY, WY – In a story published in the Guernsey Gazette and Platte County Record-Times newspapers last week, it was erroneously stated that the Platte County Lodging Tax would be one of the tax questions put before the voters in the upcoming election on November 7, 2023. The Lodging Tax will NOT be a part of the ballot in the November 7, 2023 election. The Gazette and Record-Times sincerely regret the error.
According to Malcom Ervin, Platte County Clerk, there will be three sales tax questions posed to Platte County voters on November 7th but the Lodging Tax will NOT be one of them. It is scheduled to be voted upon by Platte County voters in 2024 but his office has not received official word from the Lodging and Tourism Joint Powers Board of their desire to ask that question in 2024.
The three tax questions are for the Specific Purpose Excise Tax (6th Penny) and NOT for any other tax measure.
Shall Platte County, State of Wyoming, be authorized to continue to be imposed a one percent (1%) Specific Purpose Sales and Use excise tax within the County for the purpose of raising and collecting the amounts set forth below, the proceeds from which and the interested earned thereon to be used and applied for the following specific projects, and to the extent necessary and allowed by law, the pledge to or payment of debt service and/or lease payments thereon:
PROPOSITION NO. 1
PLATTE COUNTY PROJECT
$4,250,000 to be collected, together with interest earned thereon to be used by Platte County for the exterior preservation, roof replacement and landscaping of the Platte County Courthouse and maintenance of other county-owned facilities?
PROPOSITION NO. 2
PLATTE COUNTY RECREATION DISTRICT PROJECT
$10,500,000 to be collected, together with interest earned thereon to be used by the Platte County Parks & Recreation District for the planning, design, construction, and equipping of a facility to provide recreation, wellness, fitness and a healthy lifestyle and the establishment of a fund for the purpose of future supplemental maintenance, upkeep and operations of the facility?
PROPOSITION NO. 3
$10,150,000 to be collected, together with interest earned thereon to be used for the following specified purposes:
$1,300,000 to the Town of Chugwater to be used for the planning, design, construction, renovation or upgrades to the Town’s street, water, and sewer systems?
$400,000 to the Town of Glendo to be used for the planning, design, construction and renovation of the public works shop and other town facilities?
$2,500,000 to the Town of Guernsey to be used for the planning, design, and construction for upgrades to the Town’s water and electric systems, the planning, design and construction of camp sites at the rodeo grounds, and the purchase of equipment for the Town’s sewer system?
$200,000 to the Town of Hartville to be used for the planning, design, construction or renovation of the Town’s sewer collection system to include the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
$5,750,000 to the Town of Wheatland to be used for the planning, design, construction, renovation or upgrades to the Town’s street, electrical, water, and sewer systems?