Commissioners Hope for No Change in Funding

Commission Chairman Mike Nickel, at table second from left, during a recent staff meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Commission Chairman Mike Nickel, at table second from left, during a recent staff meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)

As the Legislature convenes this week for the budget session, Sheridan County commissioners are hoping Wyoming lawmakers will stay with the governor's recommendation for funding to the state's 23 counties.

County Commission Chairman Mike Nickel said over the last biennium, the Legislature approved $105 million for the counties, and that's the amount that's in the governor's budget for the biennium ahead.

Nickel said Sheridan County's share of that would be about $1 million, which is almost 7 percent of the county's total budget. Commissioners will leave for Cheyenne on Wednesday this week, and will be there through Friday.

Nickel said commissioners make the trip annually, at the beginning of the legislative session. He said the Wyoming County Commissioners Association each year reviews all of the bills.

He said starting Wednesday, the rest of the commissioners in Cheyenne will go over the bills and vote to prioritize them.

Nickel said there are several bills that pertain to Sheridan County, but commissioners haven't spent a lot of time on any of them at this time. He said the bills currently are changing from day to day and could change over the next couple of days before the commissioners get to Cheyenne.

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Commissioners at Monday's staff meeting. From left, Terry Cram, Steve Maier, Mike Nickel, Tom Ringley and Bob Rolston. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Commissioners at Monday's staff meeting. From left, Terry Cram, Steve Maier, Mike Nickel, Tom Ringley and Bob Rolston. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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