CHEYENNE (WNE) -– The Laramie County Fair Board is not going away without a fight.
Earlier this month, the County Commission voted to dismiss the independent, volunteer board, arguing a new events department run by professionals could better oversee the Archer Complex, its new events center and other county recreation.
But board members disagree and will take their arguments to Laramie County District Court on Wednesday.
The crux of the board’s argument is that state law says county commissioners can create a board of trustees to “control, manage and maintain the (county) fairgrounds,” but offers no provision for dissolving it.
Their attorney, Gay Woodhouse, wrote in her filing that stands in “stark contrast” to provisions for hospital boards of trustees, which have an entire section devoted to procedures for dissolving a memorial hospital.
Woodhouse further challenges the commissioners’ ability to redirect the flow of property tax money the board collects.
The board, which referred to the decision as a “gross abuse of power” in a Friday news release, is asking a judge to immediately halt and ultimately reverse the commissioners’ decision.
Commissioners aren’t worried, though.
“We are of the opinion that if we can create (the board), we certainly should be able to dissolve it,” Commission Chairman Buck Holmes said.
He later added that he believes the commissioners can do as they like with the board’s property tax.