Earlier this year, the Sheridan County Commissioners requested several public meetings with the Sheridan City Council to work on areas of mutual interest. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more on the story.
During one of those work sessions, City Councilman Robert Webster, who's been on the Council for two decades, requested that staff look at the history and data of the City's contributions toward county projects, such as the jail, juvenile justice and expansion of Municipal Court to help alleviate the load on the County Court system.
At Monday night's Sheridan City Council meeting, City Clerk/Interim Treasurer Scott Badley presented the Council with a memo that addressed Webster's concerns that the City had taken on many services over the past twenty years that are typically funded in other parts of the state by county government. Councilman Webster then referred to the three-ring binder that was presented to the Council prior to a series of work sessions.
The Councilman went on to mention several City funded services that benefit county residents, despite not being subsidized by Sheridan County.
The staff memo that was presented at the meeting also indicated that a review of audit reports for Sheridan County and the City of Sheridan was conducted. The review resulted in comparisons of revenues from years where audited reports were available from fiscal year 1986 through fiscal year 2013.
The review confirmed that the City's revenues from 1986 to 1996 were greater than the County's when the City began subsidizing county facilities. It also showed that since 1996, the revenues for Sheridan County have exceeded that of the City's.