Casper City Council reviews one cent fund allocations

Casper City Council reviews new one cent fund recommendation
Casper City Council reviews new one cent fund recommendation(Travis Mitchell)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 11:55 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Tuesday July 12, Casper’s City Council held an important work session to address some problems that citizens had with a discussion that took place at a prior work session. This discussion was the result of a recommendation that city staff gave to cut some one cent funding to non-profit and community help organizations.

For many one cent funding cycles the City has offered a grant program that allocates some funds to community help organizations that apply for the grants and meet requirements. During the previous cycle these types of groups were allocated a pool of $3 million.

The city council heard from a number of different representatives from non-profit organizations in Casper. These included representatives from the Platte River Trails Trust, Life Steps program, and the Wyoming Non-Profit Network.

“Our hope is that these meetings, communications, and sharing of documents have provided an understanding of the wide variety of essential services provided by non-profits that will change our communities landscape if they cease to exist,” said Anna Wilcox, the Director of Learning and Development for the Wyoming Non-Profit Network.

After hearing concern from citizens for almost two weeks and being addressed by a few at their previous council meeting, city staff created a new budget recommendation for one cent funding. This proposal saw money moved from three projects to help fund the non-profits. This included $650,000 from the community assistance fund and would see pool and swimming subsidy reduced by half. The proposal will also eliminate the design of Fire station 1 which will free up $1 million. Finally funds will be pulled from cybersecurity that would have gone to installing new fiber cables for city services and this will add another $600,000 to the non-profit fund. Overall this will allow non-profits and community help organizations to have a pool of $2.5 million to apply for.

City councilman Kyle Gamroth said, “I hope everyone views it as a fair compromise, I know we didn’t get to the three million that was offered historically, but to reiterate what I mentioned at our last meeting, our last work session, I hope this illustrates the difficulty we have on council finding this money.”

This budget has not yet been fully approved but non-profits will most likely see this funding available to them as long as the one cent fund is approved by voters in November.

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