What is the ¼ Penny?
The ¼ cent economic development tax would apply to taxable goods purchased within Campbell County. This tax does not apply to food, gasoline, home purchases, prescriptions, or rental payments.
Who pays for it?
Anyone who buys taxable goods in Campbell County contributes to the total collected. Guests to our county, tourists, and part-time residents will cover an estimated 20% of the tax burden.
Is it permanent?
The citizens of Campbell County would vote on the ¼ penny every four years, providing an additional measure of accountability.
How are the funds to be used?
Funds generated by this effort will support both Gillette College and Energy Capital Economic Development, in an effort to create economic stability and growth in Campbell County.
How much will the tax cost me?
A ¼ cent tax costs the consumer one penny for every four dollar purchase of taxable goods. A family of three, with an average income of $45,000, will pay an estimated $27 per year, or slightly more than 50 cents per week.
Here are a few examples of how the ¼ cent would impact purchases:
What are the current sales tax rates?
For Campbell County, 5% for a $1.00 purchase. Goshen County is the only county in the State currently utilizing the economic development sales tax, bringing their rate to 5.25%. Below please find the current sales tax rate in adjacent counties:
Crook County 6%
Converse County 5%
Johnson County 5%
Sheridan County 6%
Weston County 6%
What is the voting procedure?
The vote will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please check with Elections Office for polling locations. The polling locations are the same as 2016. You must be a Campbell County Resident to vote in the election.
How do I absentee or "early" vote?
Absentee ballots are available from September 22 to November 6. You may request an absentee ballot by phone, in writing, or in-person from the Elections Office. Absentee ballots must be mailed before November 7, as they will not be accepted after 7 p.m. on election day. On November 7, you will not be able to absentee vote instead you need to vote at your designated polling place.
Wyoming government, industry and academic leaders will welcome Japanese energy officials for a conference on the future of coal Sept. 21-22 in Gillette.
Organized by the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources at the CAM-PLEX Wyoming Center Equality Hall, the “Wyoming/JCOAL Workshop: The Future of Coal” is a result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Gov. Matt Mead and the president of Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in July 2016.
Topics scheduled for discussion are areas of potential collaboration, knowledge sharing and partnership between Wyoming and JCOAL in the areas of coal trade and exports; economic development; clean-coal solutions; and carbon capture, utilization and storage.
The two days of panel discussions and other presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. each day. The opening session will include a welcome and remarks by Mead and by Osamu Tsukamoto, president of JCOAL.
More details of the workshop, including a draft agenda, may be viewed at the University of Wyoming website.
JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba.
The MOU covers technical cooperation, research and development, communication and information exchange, and facilitating coal exports and sales. The university, the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Wyoming Business Council are the primary agencies working with JCOAL.