The Laramie County Conservation District receives a large portion of it’s funding for the  budget through a voter approved 1/2-mill levy which equates to approximately over $700,000 each year. The District’s Board of Supervisors choose to go on the ballot every four years to give the Laramie County voters the option of continuing the District’s mill levy funding. The District’s 1/2 mill levy was first approved in 1988 and every 4 years since inception.

Mill Levy Funding

This core local funding provides additional funding sources to match grants, agreements and sales from the District’s programs.  These other sources bring over $300,000 into Laramie County for important natural resource conservation programs.

According to Cheyenne Board of Realtors, the average price of a single residential family home in 2015 was $219,070.00. The following example calculates the annual conservation tax on a home worth $219,070.00:

$ 219,070   Fair value of house/property
x .095   Level of assessment
$ 20,811.65   Assessed valuation
x .0005   1/2 mill
$ 10.41   Annual conservation tax/$.87 a month

 

 

Accountability
Each year, the Board of Supervisors reviews the programs and activities of the Conservation District and determines a budget necessary to carry out the District’s mission.  Preparation of the District’s budget is in accordance with state statute and submitted to the Laramie County Commissioners, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts and Wyoming Department of Agriculture.  The firm of Rickards, Long & Rulon,  LLP., conducted a full audit on the District’s accounting records from fiscal year 2015-2016 in August 2016.

The District is committed to being accountable with public funds.  If you have further questions on the District’s budget, finances, or would like to see a copy of any of our annual audit reports or budgets, please feel free to contact Jim Cochran, District Manager, at (307) 772-2600.

Budget

The District’s FY 2016 -2017 Budget Is:

Beginning Cash On Hand – July 1, 2016 $200,000
   
INCOME  
Wildlife & Range $3,500
Seedling Tree Program $141,250
Living Snow Fence Program $70,675
Water Program $81,941
Mill Levy $765,000
Information/Education Program $0
Miscellaneous $17,323
TOTAL INCOME $1,279,689
   
EXPENSES  
  Administrative Personnel $162,676
  Board Expense $16,300
  Capital Outlay $38,061
  Dues Expense $15,775
  Information/Education Program $101,149
  Insurance $9,752
  Living Snow Fence Program $124,898
  Office Expenses $19,050
  Professional Fees $152,959
  Rent/Building Maintenance $1,000
  Seedling Tree Program $201,788
  Special Projects $14,000
  Water Program $198,490
 Wildlife & Range Program $103,791
   
 Expense Subtotal $1,159,689
 Reserve Accounts $120,000
   
 TOTAL EXPENSE  $1,279,689
       
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