County to address flooding, discusses changes to 1-Cent tax

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SHERIDAN — Sheridan County will be removing beaver dams this week, which have caused flooding along Slack Road.

Sheridan County engineer Ken Muller said during a staff meeting Monday they can reach one dam with an excavator, while the other will require more work to remove.

The dams are causing flooding in the neighbors’ fields as well as along the county road.

The Sheridan County Predator Management District has already removed four beavers from the area, but there’s uncertainty if more will cause problems.

County commissioners also discussed changing the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax process during the meeting Monday.

The tax was most recently renewed in November 2014. It’s estimated the tax will generate approximately $20 million over the next four years for county, city and town improvements.

Administrative director Renee’ Obermueller said the city of Sheridan has been exploring options to change the process to a process similar to Buffalo’s and Johnson County’s, where a community committee is formed.

Sheridan County Commission chairman Steve Maier said in Johnson County the tax is automatically renewed, which would not be the case for Sheridan. He said the tax is important to the county as the bulk of it goes toward county services.

Maier said commissioners have an advantage over what a community committee would have, as they are already very involved and have a good idea of what the entire county needs.

“I think the process has been workable and certainly the voters have supported it,” Maier said. “No final answer, but I’m inclined to do it the way we’ve done it.”

Commissioner Mike Nickel said since the group in Johnson County is an advisory group, decisions still need to be approved by the city and county, making it a two-step process.

Obermueller said to get wider community involvement, a survey can be distributed when the tax comes up for renewal.

Overall there was not much interest in changing the process. Commissioner Terry Cram pointed out the major projects the money goes toward, including projects with the Sheridan County Airport, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Juvenile Justice and the Sheridan County Police Department.

“I think it’s our job to do that,” Cram said. “I think that’s why we’re elected.”

By |October 24th, 2017|

About the Author:

Chelsea Coli joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the county government, business and outdoors reporter. Coli has a master’s in journalism from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before moving to Wyoming, Coli taught English through the LADO International Institute and worked as an intern and copywriter for Ruby Studio in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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