Fifteen local nonprofits are slated to receive a total of $242,242 from the city of Casper’s previous allotment of 1-cent sales tax revenue. The funds come from a tax that was renewed in 2014.
“It’ll help with our grocery bill,” said Jamie Loveall, executive director for Natrona County Meals on Wheels. She said the charity — which is set to receive $8,062 — delivers about 440 nutritious meals a day to those who are unable to cook or leave home.
Purchasing healthy ingredients is costly, Loveall said, so every dollar is appreciated.
Other nonprofits on the list include the Youth Crisis Center, Wyoming Rescue Mission and the Casper Area Transportation Coalition.
City money was previously passed down to most of these agencies through the Community Action Partnership or the Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, City Manager Carter Napier told the City Council at Tuesday’s work session.
That won’t be the case for the next allotment. The Council ended its contract with those two organizations last spring after Napier advised against giving money to groups that then distribute that funding to other agencies. These relationships are costly and less transparent, he said then.
“We are proposing that those agencies be acknowledged in regards to the funds that they are in need of and historically that we provided funding for (through a pass-down method),” Napier said Tuesday.
Council members quickly agreed to the city manager’s plan with little discussion. Groups who received money through the pass-down method were able to apply for funding directly through the city, said Napier.
In recent weeks, the Council has frequently debated how to distribute 1-cent sales tax money. The optional tax sends 1 penny from every dollar spent in Natrona County to local governments.
Although Tuesday’s discussion was regarding remaining 1-cent money from the last allotment, the Council has mostly focused on planning how to use the next round of 1-cent funding it expects to receive.
The tax, which has passed a public vote in Natrona County every four years since 1974, is up for renewal in November.
Napier previously explained that 1-cent money has been used for everything from repairing streets and buying firetrucks to building City Hall.
“(It’s) been a staple of our community for quite a few years,” he said.
For more information about 1-cent funding, visit onecentprocess.com.