Frequently Asked Questions
The 1% excise tax (sales and use tax) has been in effect in Campbell County since 1976. For more than 30 years, the dollars generated by the 1% sales tax have remained in Campbell County for projects in Gillette, Wright and throughout the County.
Why should the 1% sales and use tax be supported?
The 1% sales and use tax is an effective means of taxing ourselves to support the needs of our communities and county. The identified projects develop our infrastructure, improve our services and continue to enhance the quality of our communities. These projects create jobs, employ local workers and provide a mechanism to promote economic development in our area.
How long has the 1% sales tax been in effect and how much money has it generated?
The 1% sales tax was first approved by Campbell County voters in 1976. Through the fiscal year 2013-2014, over $350 million dollars has been generated. All of these dollars have continued to be re-invested back into Campbell County, Wyoming communities and county, and been extended through the use of matching state and federal funds.
How long has the 1% sales tax been in effect and how much money has it generated?
The 1% sales tax was first approved by Campbell County voters in 1976. The bullet points below illustrate how much money has been generated by Penny Power:
• Campbell County from 2007-2017, the total amount received was $103,503,864.
• City of Gillette: From 2007-2017, the total amount received was $221,442,000.
• Town of Wright: From 2010-2017, the total amount received was $8,676,199.50.

All of these dollars have continued to be re-invested back into Campbell County, Gillette and Wright, and been extended through the use of matching state and federal funds.

How has the Penny Power money been spent?

All of the 1% sales tax money is spent locally according to the priorities of the registered voters of Campbell County, Wyoming. These projects traditionally include upgrades to the water system, fire and law enforcement equipment, sidewalks, bike paths, street and road improvements, senior citizen and youth programs and activities, parks and beautification efforts, human service agencies, improvement and service district projects, wastewater and drainage enhancements, and economic development.

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In prior years, how strongly have the voters of Campbell County supported the 1% Sales and Use Tax?
Election results available:

•1988, 69% approved the tax
•1990, 71% approved the tax
•1994, 77% approved the tax
•1998, 73% approved the tax
•2002, 66% approved the tax
•2006, 70% approved the tax
•2010, 66% approved the tax
•2014, 59% approved the tax

How does the 1% sales tax generate state and federal funds?
The 1% sales tax can also be a resource that allows Campbell County, City of Gillette, the Town of Wright and others to access more funds. For example:

•The City of Gillette leverages Transportation Alternatives Programs (TAP)—these are federal funds distributed from the Wyoming Department of Transportation for pathways.
•Several of the social service agencies use the 1% sales tax funds granted to them by a government entity to use as cash matches for federal funds that allow their services to stay open. Some of these services include: Council of Community Services, Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation (GARF), and the YES House.

These examples of external grants leverage our local investment of the 1% sales tax for essential additional projects.

How is the priority list for the Survey developed?
Elected officials and their staffs review and make recommendations to the 1% sales tax Citizen Committee for changes in the priority list. These recommendations are based on the identified needs of each entity and the residents they serve.
Will the 1% sales tax funds be used for projects not shown on the priority list?
Officials from all three entities have continued to disburse the funds in accordance with the priorities established by the voters in response to the 1% sales tax survey.
How can I learn what projects are funded by the 1% sales tax?
Campbell County government and the City of Gillette have created online resources that showcase projects done by Penny Power (1% sales tax). You can find them here:

•Campbell CountyoWeb Page: https://www.ccgov.net/2020/Penny-PoweroMap: http://ccgiscoop.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=629fd2a958d4421fb287bca7d568c3c8

•City:
Web Page:
http://www.gillettewy.gov/city-government/departments/administration/public-information/1-project-informationo

Map: http://ccgiscoop.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=663ecbefc6af449ab00e326baae0f31d•

Town of Wright:

http://www.wrightwyoming.com

Penny Power projects are also signed by the City of Gillette and Campbell County government using a bright yellow “Penny Power” sign.

People may also call their communications managers or public information officers for more information.

•Campbell County: Ivy McGowan, 307-687-6318, ijm01@ccgov.net

•City of Gillette: Geno Palazzari, 307-686-5393, genop@gillettewy.gov

•Town of Wright: Barb Craig, 307-464-1666, barbara@wrightwyoming.com

How can I find out specifically which roads, sidewalks, etc. are TO BE funded?
For specific information on proposed projects please contact a City, Town or County Representative who will help you speak with the appropriate engineer on the projects. Information on how funds have been invested locally may be obtained by contacting the administrative offices of the City, Town or County.

•Campbell County: Ivy McGowan, 307-687-6318, ijm01@ccgov.net

•City of Gillette: Geno Palazzari, 307-686-5393, genop@gillettewy.gov

•Town of Wright: Barb Craig, 307-464-1666, barbara@wrightwyoming.com

If voters don’t approve Penny Power (the 1% sales tax), will the projects be completed anyway?
Without the 1% sales tax, it is highly unlikely that other funds will be available for these projects. Budgets would have to be revised and realigned, with the potential that identified one percent projects might be reduced, delayed or eliminated. The 1% sales tax is especially important to the Town of Wright, because the Town relies on if for roughly 33 percent of its operational expenses.
What social service agencies / nonprofits are supported by Penny Power?
Agencies that Campbell County Government, City of Gillette and Town of Wright support (as of 2016) using funds from the 1% sales tax.
•Adult Treatment Court
•American Red Cross
•AVA Community Art Center
•Boys & Girls Club of Campbell County
•Campbell County Conservation District
•Campbell County Healthcare Foundation
•Campbell County Predatory Board
•Campbell County Prevention Council
•Campbell County Senior Center
•Visitation and Advocacy Center for the 6th Judicial District
•Climb Wyoming
•Council of Community Services
•Donkey Creek Festival
•Energy Capital Economic Development
•Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation (GARF) •Gillette College
•Gillette Reproductive Health Services
•Juvenile Family Drug Court
•Personal Frontiers, Inc.
•Second Chance Ministries
•Wright Community Assistance
•Youth Emergency Services, Inc.

Please note: not all of the agencies receive money from all of the government entities; please contact the government representative for specific information.

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