he Wyoming Senate passed House Bill 0047 on first reading during their Monday, March 2 floor session on a vote of 20-9.
The bill would change rules governing local sales and use tax rules in the state and would provide a pathway for municipalities to impose local sales taxes beyond the so-called “fifth penny” and “sixth penny” county-wide sales and use taxes.
“It is complicated,” Senate District 25 Senator Cale Case said in describing how a municipal tax could be imposed. “Our local governments are very reliant on sales tax.”
He noted that if Wyoming continues to see tax revenues from minerals such as coal decrease, the state will need to find new ways to fund local governments.
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by Brendan Lachance
March 2, 2020