Carbon County and each of its ten municipalities recently adopted a joint resolution establishing how a proposed 1% Specific Purpose Tax would be used. This tax is commonly referred to as the 6th Penny Tax and must be used for the specific purpose stated on the ballot. Funds can not be used for general government operations, only capital projects.
The 1% tax would fund improvements to the Carbon County Courthouse and Carbon Building as well as address needs in every community.
Carbon County's project would consolidate criminal justice functions into the Courthouse essentially creating a justice center and consolidate county administrative functions into the Carbon Building. For more information on the critical deficiencies, goals and office locations please view the presentation below.
Also below is a one page summary of the county's project.
County Specific Purpose Tax Presentation
County Project One Page Summary
Questions about the county's project can be addressed to:
Gwynn Bartlett, Carbon County Clerk
SUMMARY OF ALL PROJECTS
Please click here for a summary of all projects.
For more information about a project please contact the sponsoring entity. Contact information is available on the project summary above.
A sample ballot will be posted here when available.
6th PENNY FAQ's
Q: When is the election?
Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
How can I vote?
Absentee ballots are available by request and will be sent March 22 - May 6.
to e-mail a request for a ballot or call (307)328-2650. You must
provide your fill legal name, date of birth, residence and mailing addresses and
a phone number. Ballot will also be available at the polls on Election Day.
Q: How can I be certain funds will be used as proposed?
A: WY Statute mandates that specific purpose tax funds only be used for
capital projects and only for those specifically stated on the ballot.
Funds can not be used for general operations.
What projects are proposed to be paid for with the 6th penny tax?
Please see above for a summary of all projects or click here
for the list.
Q: How were the projects chosen?
A: City, town and county governments chose their individual projects. These
were discussed during public board and council meetings, many of which have
been covered by the press. Contact information for each municipality is available
on this document.
Q: Can I vote for one project and against other projects?
A: No. All projects are packaged together in one ballot questions. They will all
pass or all fail together.
Q: Who pays for the tax?
A: Anyone paying sales tax in Carbon County will help pay for the tax. This
includes tourists, hunters, and the multiple wind farms and transmission lines
proposed in the county. These projects expect to take delivery of their
materials in the county and therefore will pay the tax rate in place at the time
Q: Will my property taxes increase if this passes?
A: No. This is not a property tax, it is a sales tax.
Q: Is the sales tax exemption on food still in effect?
A: Yes. The exemption for sales tax on food is still in place and only the WY
Legislature can reinstate that tax.
Q: What happens if the ballot fails?
A: The measure can not be placed on a ballot for at least 11 months after the
May 2019 election. Projects will either be postponed, not happen or other
funding must be secured.
Q: How long will the 1% 6th penny tax be in place?
A: The tax will be in place until the entire amount is collected. If sales tax is
collected at a similar rate as the past decade this tax is expected to be fully
collected within approximately 15-16 years. If wind farms and other projects
occur and they take delivery of their materials in Carbon County as expected
the total would likely be paid of much quicker.
Q: Why is the election occurring this year?
A: The last 6th penny tax was paid off in 2018, years earlier than expected. The sales tax rate then decreased to 5% in October 2018. Having the election now would mean a 6% rate beginning October 2019 providing a full year at only 5%. In addition, with the tax in place before large projects are expected to occur in Carbon County, those project companies would be subject to the 6th penny resulting in a likely early payoff.
How will the projects benefit the public?
Each municipality should be consulted for this answer. The county has
significant investments in its projects that must be protected and maintained.
Having a justice center and administrative building will promote efficiency for
the public conducting business in these buildings. In addition the Courthouse
will become much more secure for both staff and the public.
Additional Q&A will be added as questions arise.