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Yellowstone Sales Tax Proposed

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Wyoming’s legislators this year will be asked to consider a bill that would allow sales tax to be collected within Yellowstone National Park that would then be turned back to the park for improvements to the park’s crumbling infrastructure.  The bill is drafted by Representative Keith Gingery and is cosponsored by Representative Samuel Krone of Park County and Senators Dan Dockstader, Leland Christiansen and Hank Coe.  Gingery explains the two counties have a special interest in Yellowstone.  Gingery says there is an unofficial group calling itself “The Yellowstone Caucus” made up of those legislators who represent Yellowstone National Park who meet with Yellowstone’s superintendent.  He says it’s one way of showing Yellowstone that the State of Wyoming is in partnership with them and wants to make sure things like the East Entrance remains open, the Beartooth Highway is funded, and the infrastructure can be maintained.  Gingery says the bill would create a 1 cent sales tax that would be added to the already existing sales tax being imposed by Park and Teton counties in Yellowstone.  The revenue collected would then be turned over to Yellowstone National Park to be used for roads, sewers, water supply, trails and bike paths. The bill is to be introduced during the session which begins next week.

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