Commissioners Approve County Budget
The Campbell County Commissioners, minus Chairman Rusty Bell, unanimously approved the County Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Bell is reportedly out of town fishing, according to his fellow commissioners. Commissioner DG Reardon acted as chair for the June 18 meeting.
“I think you did a very admirable job and I appreciate the time and commitment you had to sit through a budget week and go through all of the different external agencies, as well as internal agencies,” said Administrative Director Robert Palmer.
For three out of the five commissioners, this is their first time working through the budget process.
“We go through every single one of those budget items,” said Commissioner Del Shelstad. “And I can tell you first hand, it’s not a whole lot of fun, but it is the prudent thing to do.”
Commissioner Mark Christensen took time during discussion to point out that Campbell County is one of the very few Wyoming counties that don’t levy a full 12 mills, as allowed by Wyoming law. In addition to only levying 11.28 mills, the county also funds fire service, the conservation district and Gillette College using the general fund.
Wyoming law allows additional mills over a given counties’ allotted 12 to fund such services.
“If you look, in addition to us not levying the full number mills, the fact that we cover all those others means that we are significantly lower in assessed mils than other communities,” Christensen added.
The mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to the assessed value of a property.
“It’s been a very educational exercise in going through the budget. But it couldn’t have been done without the help of all the various department heads, Miss Saunders, Mr. Palmer, Miss Seeger, and everybody involved,” said Reardon, “It’s a very tenuous process but a very successful process.”
The full county budget will be posted online by tomorrow and will include amendments, resolution and a budget message, a cliffs-notes version of the full document.
The Gillette City Council is scheduled to approve their budget at tonight’s meeting.