Optional 1% road tax emblems up around Riverton to inform voters

Road emblem in Riverton, WY
Road emblem in Riverton, WY
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 10:37 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

New road emblems in Riverton are being painted to make people aware of how their tax dollars are spent. The stencil emblems have been painted in various places around the town on roads that have benefited from the tax that has been in place for the last eight years. The tax was voted in eight years ago, and was reinstated four years ago at the last election by the voters of Fremont County.

The penny-on-the dollar tax has been used to upkeep infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water, and sewer utility projects. Kyle Butterfield, Public Works Director for the city of Riverton noted that the tax dollars are kept completely separate from the general fund. The Fix Our Roads Citizen’s Committee (FORCC) helps manage the use of the optional tax with monthly meetings, and presentations to the mayor and city council.

“The 1% committee, or the FORCC committee that we like to call it, is very invested in making sure that the community knows how the dollars have been used. The stencil that our folks have recently seen on the roads is really an effort to provide transparency and to provide information. Those stencils were put on roads recently improved with the optional tax,” mentioned Butterfield. The optional one percent road tax will be voted on again, in the general election.

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