Hoping for strong voter turnout


LINGLE – “I hope we get a good turnout for voting,” said Lingle Town Councilwoman Brandie Cook at Lingle’s Town Council Meeting on Sept. 23. Mayor George Siglin discussed several voting initiatives on this year’s ballots.
“Make sure and vote for Amendment A,” said Siglin. “This amendment will remove the constitutionally specified limit on the amount of debt a municipality can create for sewer projects and would allow the legislature to prescribe by law the debt limit for municipal sewer projects,” according to the Secretary of State’s 2020 General Elections Ballot Issues document.
Siglin also discussed two other ballot issues. “There are 23 counties in Wyoming and two are at 4% or less and both have ballot referendum to go up to 5% because their counties are struggling.”
He recommended voters elect to keep both the additional 1% sales tax and the 4% lodging tax for out-of-state lodgers staying in the area.
Siglin added both taxes have been in effect for years now, but require voter approval every four years.
Siglin discussed his concerns over the upcoming budget crunch and asked the other town councilors how they would like to apply the Wyoming Community Gas Funds. He said there was presently $4,289.75 in the fund, but that number would fluctuate slightly. Siglin discussed using some or all the money to work on streets within the town of Lingle.
Cook recommended using the money to remodel and update the Lingle Town Hall. Councilman Joe Welte recommended putting the money towards the ambulance and Lingle Volunteer Fire Department. Councilman A.J. Lambert discussed the possible applications of the fund within the fire department and ambulance service. Lambert said the funds could buy all sorts of different of equipment for the department.
In other news, the metal slide at the Lingle Town Park has been removed and will be replaced. A new slide was purchased using a grant from the Goshen County Recreation Committee.
Ordinance Nos. 348 and 349 were read for the third time and approved. Both will go into effect on Oct. 5. Siglin said he would be handing notices out to the affected businesses and the ordinances will be posted in Town Hall for 10 days.
The next regular meeting of the Lingle Town Council is scheduled for Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center.

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