- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Laramie officials are asking the tourism board to pay for the city’s health inspector amid projections for budget shortfalls.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (https://bit.ly/20sBhT4) City Manager Janine Jordan proposed the plan at a March 21 meeting.

Laramie’s environmental health specialist earns $60,000 per year. Benefits cost the city another $15,000 to $40,000 annually.

The board is funded with state lodging taxes.

Albany County Tourism Board Executive Director Fred Ockers says timely restaurant inspections are important for tourism, but restaurants do not directly pay into the lodging tax.

He said the board has to review the state mandate for spending those tax dollars.

Board members asked Jordan to attend an April 18 meeting to present additional details.

The city could cut the position if alternative funding is not found.


Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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