ROCK SPRINGS — Recent developments in the legislature could reduce Rock Springs city funding and make the future of the Bitter Creek reclamation project unsure.
The legislature is deciding on how it will divide up the $105 million set aside for funding local governments. A recent amendment to bill SF-71, which allocates funding for towns, cities and counties, along with a change in the funding formula reduced the total funding Rock Springs would receive. According to Rep. Mark Baker, R-Sweetwater County, these changes cut about five hundred thousand dollars from the amount Rock Springs was set to receive.
The bill is currently with the conference committee while the two legislative bodies attempt to come to an agreement on the differences in the two versions of the bill.
The amendment added to bill SF-40 by the House funding the Bitter Creek reclamation project lacked support in the Senate. The bill is also currently with the conference committee as the two houses attempt to reach a compromise to on the bill.
While the final outcome of these bills is uncertain, the fact that the current legislative session coming to close soon means things can change very quickly in the legislature.