GILLETTE, Wyo. – Campbell County voters have chosen to keep the Optional One Percent Sales Tax going for the next four years.
According to the unofficial election results reported by the Campbell County Election’s Office, the tax passed with 7,935 votes in favor of it and 4,305 votes against it.
The tax collects one penny for every dollar spent by both visitors and residents in Campbell County with the funds being distributed between the City of Gillette, the Town of Wright, and the Campbell County Government.
Funds raised by the Optional One Percent pay for critical infrastructure, public safety, and community support projects, according to the City of Gillette.
Between 2019 and 2021, the tax paid for hundreds of feet of new drainage channel, thousands of feet of water lines, and thousands more of new sewer lines, per the city. It also paid for over 57 miles of road surface repairs and more than 14 miles of new road surface in addition to thousands of feet of new pathways and sidewalk repairs.
The tax also provides millions in funding for the Campbell County Fire Department and more funding still to various social service agencies.
Prior to 2022, the Optional One Percent was most recently approved by voters in 2018 as it has every four years since it was first implemented in 1976 and it will not come before Campbell County voters again until 2026.