RS Council to Review General Purpose Tax MOU Agreement Again

RS Council to Review General Purpose Tax MOU Agreement Again

ROCK SPRINGS — After tabling a decision on whether or not to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the City of Green River and Sweetwater County for the 1 cent general purpose sales and use tax, the Rock Springs City Council is going to review the resolution again at tomorrow’s meeting.

The Council will meet on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Prior to voting on the table motion at its last meeting, the city explained why. The city was waiting for the Attorney General’s office to make a declaration on whether the city and county can spend money on marketing and advertising for the general purpose tax. For a special purpose tax, the city and county are allowed to spend money for marketing and advertising. 

Each entity in the agreement will pay $10,000 toward marketing and advertising purposes. Any funds remaining, will be returned back to each entity.

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According to the amended resolution, the MOU is “for the purpose of sharing the costs of providing information to the public regarding the submission (of) a proposition to the electors of the county imposing an excise sale and use tax of 1 percent upon the retail sales of tangible personal property, admissions and services within Sweetwater County, to go towards funding public safety agencies due to escalating costs.”

The MOU goes on to state “public safety agencies includes, but not limited to, ambulance service providers, the Sweetwater County Combined Communications Center, and other local government tax supported public safety organizations.”

The money collected from the tax will also go towards economic development, including “increasing employment, stimulating industrial activity, augmenting sources of tax revenues, fostering economic development stability and economic diversification.”

Other Business

Under ordinances, the city will read an ordinance for the first time prohibiting the intentional feeding of deer, elk, an antelope. The City of Rock Springs has received numerous complaints of residents feeding deer and other herd animals within city limits. Supplemental feeding of herd animals can cause a number of problems for the animals, including increasing the vulnerability of attack, spreading of disease, reducing fat reserves and increasing vehicle and deer collisions.

During proclamations, the Council will declare September 27—October 3, Diaper Need Awareness Week.

The Council will look at appointing Michael Bolton to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

To review the complete agenda, click here.