COVID-19 a Factor in County Budget

The Sheridan County Courthouse will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

As Sheridan County commissioners plan for next year’s budget, they anticipate losses in sales and severance taxes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and, potentially, the amount of funds the county will get from the state Legislature.

In an interview Wednesday with Sheridan Media, County Commission Chairman Nick Siddle said commissioners are fairly certain tax revenues will be down for this quarter.

Commissioners have been meeting with county department heads via conference calls for about two weeks, and there are still three or four meetings to go. Siddle said during that time, commissioners have held two or three meetings a day for three days a week.

Commission Chairman Nick Siddle. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

He said the meetings have tended to go a little faster, because there’s been none of the face-to-face discussion with department heads as there has been in the past. But, he said, overall, the meetings have been going well.

Siddle said the COVID-19 epidemic has affected the revenue stream in ways other than taxes. For example, he said, Sheridan Memorial Hospital, which is a county facility, has shut down all elective surgeries at this time.

The new budget year starts on July 1, and Wyoming law requires that counties hold a budget hearing between the second and third Monday of July and adopt a balanced budget within 24 hours of the hearing.



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For the last two decades our commissioners have supported every tax increase that’s come down the pike. High taxes depress local spending in good economic times and devastate in tough times. Live by high taxes and this is the result. We need at least one, low-tax, limited government commissioner, to get us back to economic sanity. We could all be paying a 4% sales tax if we had someone in there who understands that tax cuts boost economic activity and generate more total tax revenue. The time is right for: Lower Taxes, Less gov’t and more Freedom.