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Albany County Says Yes To Tax For Infrastructure

Albany County community leaders took a sigh of relief Tuesday night when a sixth penny tax, also known as a special purpose excise tax, passed by a wide margin there. 

The county has suffered from financial woes ever since the state imposed deep budget cuts that forced the county to lay off employees and make other hard decisions.

The tax will mean an infusion of $65 million into Laramie city streets and parks, Rock River’s water infrastructure, county roads and the airport. Laramie city councilor Phoebe Stoner said, in a state that’s often skeptical of taxes, this one got 85 percent of the vote because everyone involved worked hard to get the word out.

“All the major partners that are involved with the tax did a great job of coming together and making a plan for getting accurate information out to voters,” said Stoner.

People also supported renewing the tax, according to Stoner, because the infrastructure problems are very visible and affect people's everyday lives.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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