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Mayor Collins: Sixth Penny Projects make it ‘possible for cities to grow’

City of Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins
City of Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins(Mia Johnson)
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 2:56 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As municipalities are contemplating Sixth Penny Project resolutions to go on the ballot, Mayor Collins emphasizes the impact the Sales Tax projects have on the surrounding communities.

“The sixth penny sales tax was put on to do large projects that maybe cities cannot afford, so we have quite a few of those on this one. It is a real important tool for cities to be able to grow,” said Patrick Collins, Mayor of Cheyenne.

The projects are divided into three categories: public safety, infrastructure and community enhancement. The breakdown is essential in making the project proposals transparent to the community, according to Mayor Collins.

The Sixth Penny allows for funding to target “specialized” projects; considering citizens’ sales’ tax funds these projects, the community should be aware of what is being funded.

The list of proposals includes requests from the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, Laramie County Community College, various Laramie County Fire Districts and the Senior Center.

“What I love about this process is we have to tell the community what we are going to do, they vote for it, and we have to do those projects, and then we have to say ‘Hey, we got them done, can we have permission to do the next one?’ and I love the accountability that goes with that,” said Collins.

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