MOU Moves Forward During City Council Special Work Session

(Gillette, Wyo.) During a special work session this evening, the city council voted to approve a motion allowing Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King to execute a memorandum of understanding for the distribution of funds collected by the quarter-percent sales tax.

Councilman Kevin McGrath stated that while he was not in favor of the quarter percent, he was in favor of the memorandum and the distribution model it outlined.

Of the funds generated by the quarter-percent sales tax, 65 percent will be distributed to the college, 30 percent to Energy Capital Economic Development, and the remaining five percent will be withheld by Energy Capital to be used in for collaborative projects between Energy Capital Economic Development and Gillette College. In such a scenario, the Gillette College and Energy Capital would have to agree on the manner in which the funds could be utilized.

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Councilman Dan Barks expressed concern over the wording utilized to allow amendments to the memorandum. Any amendment to the memorandum would have to be approved by the county commissioners, Energy Capital, the Town of Wright, the City of Gillette, and the Gillette College in a unanimous vote.

In the end, the motion passed with the mayor and all council members, aside from Councilman Robin Kuntz, voting in favor of the motion.