- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Officials from Park County communities are trying to determine how they would spend around $15 million if voters approve a 1 cent sales tax.

Cody, Powell, Meeteetse and Park County officials say the tax would end when the money has been spent.

Meeteetse officials want $2 million for a water project and another $1.5 million for sewer upgrades. Powell would get an estimated $4.5 million to rebuild and widen Absaroka Street, and Cody says it needs $6 million for lagoon upgrades in the sewer system.

Officials were hoping to get around $25 million, but they cut back to get voter approval following a survey.

“I’ve been receiving mixed signals from the public,” said Powell Mayor Don Hillman. “Some of them say, we didn’t get the results we wanted from the survey, so now we’re trying different tactics.”

They’re also trying to sell the benefits of the projects, even though there was not overwhelming support for the tax, the Cody Enterprise reported (http://tinyurl.com/zku55od ).

“If we put sewer repairs on the ballot and it passes, then it prevents a rate increase for city residents,” said Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown. “The project has to be done, it’s just a matter of how we pay for it.”

Officials said they would still have to cut about $1 million to make up the differences.

The tax needs two out of the three municipalities and the county commissioners’ approval to get on the ballot.

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Information from: The Cody Enterprise, http://www.codyenterprise.com

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