1-Cent Optional Sales Tax Results

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1-Cent Optional Sales Tax Results

With constrained economic conditions, many questioned whether the optional 1-cent sales tax would be renewed in Sheridan County. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has more:

In fact, not only was the sales tax renewed, but was passed, you could say, with "flying colors." Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey was both surprised, and not so surprised, by these results:

And Mayor Kinskey says that based on the surveys they received from the public:

The total count for the 1-Cent Optional Tax was 7,131 in favor of renewal and 3,268 against.

More Taxes Coming

The Fed Income Tax rates are due to go up 1 Jan,2011. Other than putting the right people in office on Nov, 2, there's nothing we can do directly to stop those tax increases.

Wyoming is set to increase the tax on Gasoline. Nothing we can do, directly,to stop that.

They just anounced a rate hike in natural gas and propane shot up from 1.60 to 2.60 in just two months.

If cap and tax passes, all energy prices will sky-rocket, including electricity. Again, we have little control over it.

With taxes and prices going up everywhere we look and no ability to slow or stop it, it does make you wonder how we let the one chance we had to lower our taxes; slip right thru our hands.

I think we will come to regret Re-Imposing the One Percent Tax on ourselves and our friends and neighbors.

I predict successive years of declining tax revenues. I also predict there will be a clamour to repeal the one percent, long before it comes up for a vote in 2014.

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

Cato - Inquiring minds want to know.

Cato - I would like to know, exactly what type and level of taxation you do support at the local, state and federal levels. I don't want a discussion of tax freedom, voluntary giving etc., but am very curious to know exactly what you consider an acceptable level of taxation for someone living in Sheridan, Wyoming.


Excellent Question

Excellent question and thanks for asking. We have an almost perfect tax situation in Sheridan. With the exception of the one percent and Cap tax, we've got it nearly right.

I'd keep all as it is except lower the sales tax to 3 or 4%. That low a level would do several things for us:
1.It would encourage folks to Shop Sheridan. That's something vitally needed during a severe recession.
2. It would force our local gov't to reduce spending and the size of gov't itself, just as all families and businesses are doing.
3. Focus on real necessities. Paying for flowers in the park are a slap in the face to those struggling to bring home flour for bread. Nice art won't help us as we stand in bread lines.

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

Sad Day

What a disapointing day for over 3,000 sheridan residents. Great day for 7,000, and who knows for the 8,000 who did not vote. Could have been a win win situation had we put an end to this tax, (you can donate if you have the extra money) Sad day in Sheridan.


Yep, we could have chosen "free to donate" instead of "forced to pay." However, we can take solace in the fact that tax imposers pointed out that we only "had to pay the tax", if we shopped in Sheridan Co. Good point and I'm considering taking their recommedation.

What if the 3,000 would be Tax Liberators took a "Shopping Holiday"?...at least from Shopping in Sheridan. We do still have the option of NOT shopping and thus NOT paying the tax. They can't "force" us to shop can they? ha.

Wonder what the effects would be of 3,000 people staying home for the next 60 days. We can buy groceries, since they are not taxed (yes, I fought and won that battle) and we can buy gas because it has a legitimate user-fee to build roads.

Talk it over with your friends and let me know what you think. It may be the only way to get the attention of our tax-imposing neighbors.
BTW, I don't know of anyone who voted for the tax. At least none that would say so to my face.

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

"I don't know of anyone who

"I don't know of anyone who voted for the tax. At least none that would say so to my face."

Do you think that might be because they didn't want to hear the inevitable speech that would follow?

That's fine

By the time you drive to Buffalo or Billings or pay shipping from the internet you will have spent more than you'd pay in 1% tax. So, if you are so anti-tax then go ahead and spend a dollar to save a penny.

Shopping Choices

Good point and you are correct, unless one is considering a big ticket purchase. There's a dollar amount that makes sense to "shop elswhere."

I think "not shopping Sheridan" is the course I'll pursue. I'll buy groceries and pay the rent, but nothing else. That will deny any taxes going into the general revenue fund. And not just 1%, but the whole 6%.

Imagine if the 30 to 40% of the population, who prefer lower taxes, decide to stop shopping in Sheridan. A significant decline in total tax revenues will happen.

The unintended consequences of re-imposing high taxes, during a recession, will become apparent.

"One percent of Nothing is Nothing."

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

It was a hard vote, probably

It was a hard vote, probably the hardest on the ballot. On one hand I think the county government has wasted a good share of money, but on the other hand this would have hurt seniors and the disabled who are already so vulnerable in this economy.

Imposing is never Good

Imposing on your neighbors will never be a "good thing."
The truth that voluntary co-operation is superior to forced taxation, will prevail. I will not rest from the task of defending our republic and it's core principles.
BTW, will the tax Re-imposers be sporting a button saying that they voted to "Continue to Impose Taxes" on their friends?
Phase two of operation Freedom, has already begun.

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

Other options available.

The majority of Sheridan County residents overwhelming supported maintaining the current tax level within the county.

If you don't like these resutls, you always have the option of moving to another county in Wyoming that does not have the optional 1-cent tax or move to Alaska, the only state with a lower individual tax burden than Wyoming.

Here to stay

Yes, I know I have the freedom of movement. My roots are too deep here and I prefer to continue improving this beautiful place, that I love. Imagine how much nicer it would be if we returned to the joy of voluntary giving. More smiles all-around, than forced taxation.
Imposing on your neighbors is im-polite and I will work to renew the spirit of freedom of choice.
The majority of residents voted to "Continue to Impose" on their friends. "Continue to Impose" is the exact wording on the ballot and that is exactly what people were voting to do: Impose!
I was taught not to impose on others and I refuse to corrupt my morals.

Give me Liberty or....

Give me Liberty or....

I understand where you are

I understand where you are coming from, but I don't know if the difference from 6% to 5% would change frowns to smiles, nor do I think a drop to 0% would do it. I have not noticed more generally happy people in Billings than in Sheridan.

New Motto

While the nation moved in the direction of smaller gov't and lower taxes, we moved in the opposite direction. Keeping high taxes during a recession will hurt the local economy. Americans have always found ways to get around taxes and that will continue.

Have you heard the new motto from the Tax Liberators?

"One Percent of Nothing is Still Nothing."

Give me Liberty or....

Give it a rest, Cato. Your

Give it a rest, Cato. Your fellow Sheridan County citizens, by more than a 2:1 margin, believe this is a good thing. You will have ample opportunity to campaign against the optional tax when it again comes up for consideration by the voters.


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