Legislative study will examine formula that distributes state money to cities, towns, counties

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CASPER, Wyoming — An interim legislative study will examine how the state of Wyoming distributes money to cities, towns and counties.

The formula is supposed to ensure a fair distribution of state funds between wealthier and poorer local governments.

But Niobrara County Commission Chairman Richard Ladwig says the formula isn't working in his county's case.

His county is receiving 24 percent less in state funds during the current two-year funding cycle than in the previous one.

Gov. Matt Mead requested $25 million for local governments in the supplemental budget adopted recently by the Legislature.

But with state revenues down, the Legislature provided $8 million.

Pete Obermueller, of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1GpZsqS ) that the issue of fair funding to local governments goes back to at least the 1960s.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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