Smaller Communities Vote At Town Halls

Voters in Dayton, Ranchester and Clearmont will go to their respective town halls on Tuesday to vote in the county-wide capital facilities tax election.

Dayton and Ranchester would each receive just over $1.9 million over the next eight years if the one-cent capital facilities tax is renewed. Clearmont's share of the funds, which are based on population, would be $560,000.

No capital facilities tax revenues would be earmarked for the communities of Story or Big Horn, because they are not incorporated municipalities.

Dayton officials anticipate spending more than half of their share of funds, around $1 million, on upgrades to the three-cell lagoon that comprises the city's wastewater treatment system. T

he cap tax funds would be supplemented by $500,000 from other sources. Of the remaining $920,000 in cap tax revenues, $420,000 would be spent on maintenance of the town's streets, and $500,000 for water and sewer system upgrades. No additional funding is expected to be needed for those projects.

Ranchester officials hope to supplement their town's $1.9 million in capital facilities tax revenues with enough money from other sources to finance more than $3 million in projects.

They have a list of more than a dozen projects to be undertaken starting next year, including street maintenance, sidewalk replacements and improvements to the park and town utilities system. One of the first projects scheduled will be earmarking $100,000 in fiscal 2014/15 for grant matches for economic developments and the town's infrastructure.

Clearmont plans include immediate expenditure of $45,000 on utility mapping, and $18,000 to replace valve boxes and gutters. The town would also use cap tax funds to help finance more than $1.3 million additional projects including water line replacements, sewer system upgrades and closure of the town's landfill.

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