Sales Tax Impact Focus of Talks at Chamber Luncheon

DSA President Peg Martin talks about how the sales tax contributes to downtown Sheridan. (Photo by Pat Blair)
DSA President Peg Martin talks about how the sales tax contributes to downtown Sheridan. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The heads of three Sheridan County organizations talked about what the optional 1-cent sales tax means to their operations at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon earlier this week.

County voters will be asked in the November elections whether to renew the tax for another four years, and the Chamber is among those advocating for the tax renewal.

Speakers at the luncheon were Peg Martin, president of the Downtown Sheridan Association; Paul Demple, CEO of the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center; and Carmen Rideout, executive director of The Hub on Smith Street. All three organizations receive a share of the sales tax revenues.

Martin said the tax revenues help put on several DSA events, including the Farmer's Market. But it does more, she said.

Demple said the sales tax dollars are critical for the mental health center.

Rideout said the sales tax dollars also are needed by The Hub, which provides services for Sheridan County's senior citizens. She said it costs about $2,500 a year to enable people to remain in their own homes, and the sales tax revenues help The Hub accomplish its mission.

Chamber CEO Dixie Johnson said the optional 1-cent sales tax has been in continuous effect in Sheridan County since 1989, and since the sales tax was first passed in 1979, it has generated about $107 million for the county.

Total tax collection is 6 percent of sales, and that won't change if the tax is renewed, Johnson said. Proponents of the tax also note that a significant portion of tax is paid by out-of-county visitors and tourists.

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Paul Demple. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Paul Demple. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Carmen Rideout. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Carmen Rideout. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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