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Dayton council approves plat

SHERIDAN — Dayton Town Council approved the final plat of the H Bar C Subdivision located on Main Street in Dayton at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday. Council members also voted on the percentage of capital facilities tax funds Dayton will receive and considered the third and final reading of the Dayton budget for fiscal year 2014.
Owned by Brad and Wanda Johnston and located at 708 Main Street, the H Bar C Subdivision includes three lots. There is a house on lot one, which was split to make lot two, according to Dayton Mayor Bob Wood. Both lot one and lot two are accessed on Main Street. Lot three is accessed on Bridge Street. Currently no plans exist to develop lot two or lot three.

The subdivision was recommended for approval by the Dayton Planning Commission and was passed by the council with one condition: that no building permits would be granted until infrastructure was completed on lots two and three.
Wood noted that capital facilities tax negotiations continue between the five entities who receive cap tax funds — Dayton, Ranchester, Clearmont, the City of Sheridan and Sheridan County. Dayton Town Council made an addition to its agenda to include a vote on the percentage of cap tax funds Dayton will receive if voters approve the special purpose tax in a Nov. 5 election.

Council members approved the 4.8 percent Dayton is slated to receive. Wood said the percentage is lower than what Dayton received in the 2009 cap tax distribution.

“Every time we have cap tax, we come out with a different percentage,” Wood said. “We can’t pin it on population. It’s to be negotiated between the entities.”

Wood said there is nothing in state statutes that indicates the tax should be based on population, though that is often an argument made by larger entities.

Once each entity approves its allotted percentage, the capital facilities tax task force will negotiate projects to be funded by the tax. In 2009, the 1-cent optional cap tax – the sixth penny on Sheridan County’s sales tax – was approved by 73 percent of voters.

“It’s a very necessary tax to get community infrastructure done,” Wood said.

In other business:

• Council members approved the Dayton budget for fiscal year 2014 with no changes on third and final reading.

• It was announced that the next Chamber Coffee will be held at 8 a.m Friday at Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton. Chamber membership is not required and the event is free. For more information call 672-2485.

• Wood noted that Sonja Caywood, a local artist who helps run the Kleiber Cabin in Dayton, told him the cabin has had visitors from more than 10 states so far this season. The cabin serves as a museum for work by wildlife artist Hans Kleiber, a studio/gallery for local artists and an unofficial information center for tourists.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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