6th Penny Election results are official; all but one Proposition passed
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Voter participation for the Sixth Penny Election was higher than average, resulting in all propositions being voted for, except one.
The Laramie County Clerk posted the official results today, 13,347 ballots cast. While voter turnout was only over 29 percent, it still surpassed expectations of voter numbers for a special election.
After a tedious recount and nail-biting margins, the $130 million Sixth Penny ballot passed 13 of the 14 propositions.
“Voters and citizens are really interested in investing in our community. We ask everyday for businesses and people to come and move here and invest in our community and the 6th Penny gives voters the opportunity to choose what they want to invest in. I am encouraged by the results and look forward to the completion of the projects,” said County Commissioner, Gunnar Malm.
Proposition number 11, a $2 million construction of a gymnasium and multi-courts facility was narrowly voted against, with less than a 1% difference.
Malm said the commissioners will meet to determine which projects will take precedence.
Tax payers will not see the Sixth Penny Tax implemented until Spring of 2022.
“It is estimated that up to 42% of that is paid for by people that don’t actually live here in Laramie County; by travelers, workers, tourists - things like that. So we are honestly getting not only our residents investing with every dollar they spend, but we are getting outside investment to complete necessary projects for citizens right here in Laramie County,” said Malm.
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