Overlapping Organizations Through One Cent Tax Distribution

Many Casper non-profit groups seek extra money for operations from the one cent sales tax.

Organization leaders approached council members with their requests, but the process for giving it out can get tricky.

Another four year cycle has passed for the one cent sales tax.

It's also a time when many Casper non-profit organizations seek a share of it.

"39."

With the requests reaching the millions.

"12 to 13 million."

And it's not uncommon for these groups to ask for optional tax payer money to go toward a good cause.

But the process can be puzzling when non-profits with similar purposes ask for a share with plans of splitting it.

Something that has taken place before.

"We had three 501(C)(3)'s get together, all of the food supply business and they made one pitch."

The unit would then get their share and divide it.

Something that recently stirred controversy causing the process to change.

"It's a closed system now. We heard all the public input from those entities that were intending to hear from at this point."

But often, capital construction projects are put first for one cent tax use.

Meaning the non-profits are second on the list for getting that money.

The priority is well understood among non-profits.

"I really believe that the one cent funding should always, always go to basic services first. And by that, I mean making sure that every citizen has access to transportation," said Jamie Purcell from the Wyoming Food for Though Project.

Though the process can be tricky city leaders realize these groups importance.

"They all are very helpful to the City of Casper and the City of Casper really appreciates what they do."

City leaders are still going through a survey process before they make any decisions about allocating the money to each non-profit.

Council members do have concerns over the money becoming labor funds.

That creates the issue of "paying" non-profits for work.