CHEYENNE, Wyo (KGWN) Voting on the full list of sixth penny tax projects was the primary event of Tuesday night's city council session. What looked at first to be an easy vote turned out to be a passionate debate on whether to work on the present or prepare for the future. One of the most prevalent projects in the sixth penny tax vote in Tuesday night's council meeting was building onto and improving city amenities.
"We need to at least be competitive with Northern Colorado," Dr. Mark Rinne said, "Which means we need to try and match them for amenities."
In that regard there were a few voices of opposition, who saw parks as less than important to Cheyenne's growth. An amendment from Jim Brown tried to replace one of the propositions to put funds towards improving roads. It was seconded, but failed. As a result recreational propositions survived, and the project list was passed 9 to 1, with plans for the future prevailing over the potholes of the present. Annette Williams was the lone voice of opposition, saying Cheyenne should just work on what it already has.
"Sidewalks, curbs, gutter." she said, "We have wetting issues that need to be addressed that have not been addressed for years."
Nonetheless, the approval sends the parks and rec projects, along with the rest of the $121 million dollar sixth penny resolution, to a special election. According to Dr. Rinne, those parks, if voted for, would be a boon for growing business in Cheyenne.
"So, I think amenities and quality of life, which include parks, greenways," Rinne said, "The new botanical gardens it's going to make Cheyenne a more valuable commodity."
Regardless of the ayes and the nays, the vote on Tuesday was solely for the language of tax. Its true fate lies in the hands of the people when a special election will be held in spring.