Robertson Road Bridge 

City of Casper, Wyoming

2018 Legislative Priorities

Working Together for Our Future


Sponsor and Pass Draft Bill 18LSO-0113 to enable municipalities to either use public hearings or referendum to form a stormwater utility

à Casper has $40 million of unfunded critical stormwater infrastructure needs. 

à Development with its impervious surfaces increases the need for stormwater infrastructure. 

à Public hearings with local elected officials are a solid citizen representation model utilized to pass local laws and have a long, accepted history in Wyoming.

Stabilize funding for local government

à Local government in Wyoming has limited revenue generating capacity. 

à 75% of the City of Casper’s revenue is controlled by the State. 

à Without changing the over-the-cap formula, secure the $105 million appropriated for direct distribution in this biennium—this is $3.8 million per year to Casper. 

à Revise tax laws to allow increased municipal revenue capacity such as local option tax revisions and sales and use tax allocation revisions. 

à Remove tax exemptions that do not support economic development. 

à Increase share of over-the-cap money to cities and towns.

Construct the State office building in Casper this biennium


Defeat current extra-territorial jurisdiction repeal-legislation

à Extra-territorial jurisdiction has been afforded to cities in Wyoming since 1943. 

à Proposed legislation takes away cities’ ability to influence development on its fringes to ensure compatibility with municipal infrastructure, utilities, drainage improvements, road alignments, etc. 

à If a city is being unreasonable in its demands (outside of its adopted Master Plans), then it makes sense that the County Commissioners should be able to override the city’s request(s), and approve the plat.   

à The long term effect of the legislation, as currently proposed, could encircle municipalities with incompatible development, and provide a barrier to future growth and development. 

à If the City of Casper loses its ability to review development on the outskirts, there may be no incentive to provide utility services (water or sewer) beyond the current city limits because it could be used to develop incompatible subdivisions/developments which would hinder the future growth and development. 

à Encourage joint planning.  This is a low cost alternative to citizens and developers and it saves taxpayer dollars.