5/28/2021 2:27:00 PM Wyoming City audit presented; legislative measure being opposed
The Wyoming City Council heard the 2020 audit presentation last week and the city was complimented by the audit presenter for KDV. Aaron Dahl remarked that even though the tax capacity—the amount the city is able to levy— has declined from 2019 to 2020 the tax rate has seen a decline and is now at 43.58 percent. It has been 57 percent in recent years.
The year 2020 is immpacted by covid-19 relief revenues so direct comparisons to budgets are difficult but Wyoming has a fund balance at $2.5 million for year end 2020 which is well within its desired range. Covid-19 relief monies make the expenses for 2020 look excessive, when rolled into the expenses number at $296,662 over budget. But, Dahl described the basic (non-covid relief) levy and revenues as relatively steady in recent years and commended council that other revenue sources are being relied upon to meet needs.
Council member Linda Nanko Yeager asked for a breakdown in the “public safety” category because in Wyoming the building and zoning department budgets are rolled into Public Safety. She remarked she’d requested this same detail last year but got no response. The audit states 48 percent of the city budget is “Public Safety.”
City Council members all voted in favor of sending a letter expressing official opposition to the Housing Omnibus Bill. The legislature is pursuing measures for development statutes that Mayor Lisa Iverson says are “one size fits all” and won’t be helpful at all if imposed on Wyoming housing projects. The bill “isn’t good for the city,” she continued and said she is “really worried about it.” Even though the legislature adjourned without a final version, Iverson said it’s still important to reach out and express opposition to the wording and there will be a “special session” possibly taking final action based on leadership recommendations.
Everybody is invited to the return of “Touch a Truck” which will happen at the Wyoming Police Department grounds, Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The staff have been lining up vehicles to be on site for little kids to enjoy—ranging from ambulance, fire truck, Caterpillar model rigs, heavy trucks to police cars.