CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper City Council members will decide whether to annex the Green Valley Mobile Home Park at their Sept. 17 meeting.
Mobile homes in Green Valley Mobile Home Park in Natrona County, Wyo. on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.
The land is located near Southwest Casper near Robertson Road. It’s currently a part of unincorporated Natrona County.
Under state law, Casper can annex the land without the residents’ agreement because the city surrounds the area.
“This part of our community is actually surrounded by the limits of the city and so effectively they’re an island of limits, of jurisdictions, if you will, within the city’s limits,” Casper City Manager Carter Napier said.
Green Valley residents already receive some city services. If annexed, Napier said a potential change could be adding them to the city’s garbage collection service. Casper Police would also become the first responders in an emergency. Currently, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office responds first there.
The city would also increase its population. Napier said this is very important for Casper’s financial stability.
“Cities and towns can’t raise revenue. That’s not an option available to them. And so therefore, they have to look at ways in which they can stabilize their population in order to demand a larger share of what comes into the geographic area,” he said.
However, not all Green Valley residents are completely sold on the idea.
Anita Witten has lived in Green Valley since 1985 and said she has mixed emotions about the potential change. She said she’s concerned about Natrona County potential losing revenue from the proposed annexation.
She said she also wishes city council members had done more to reach out to Green Valley Residents. They hosted a forum for residents, which she said isn't enough. She wishes they knocked on doors in Green Valley to gauge residents’ opinions.
The proposed annexation will be on its third and final reading at the Sept. 17 meeting. It previously passed the first two readings.