WCTA Meeting Info

 WCTA to Meet in Casper

The meeting agenda is set for annual meeting of the Wyoming County Treasurer’s Association.

The association will meet in Casper, beginning on Monday, May 21st, with a user meeting for those counties using Tyler Technologies and a 4:30 pm icebreaker at the impressive David Street Station.

Here are all the details in the full agenda.

See you there!

 

Robb Slaughter Announces Re-Election Bid

According to a press release published by Sweetwater Now:

Sweetwater County Treasurer Robb Slaughter has announced that he will be seeking re-election in 2018. “The next few years will be a period of growth and change here in Sweetwater County, and I would like to continue as an integral part of it”, Slaughter said.

“I am running based on the belief that I can continue to manage the Office of Treasurer in a professional manner and provide the level of service that the residents of Sweetwater County deserves and have come to expect. With the help of my “outstanding” staff and the support personnel at the county, we have continued to streamline services and have been able to offer new technologies to help make things easier for our residents.

We have continued to refine the services that we have implemented in the last few years to allow taxpayers to make payments online for both property taxes and motor vehicle licensing. With my influence and experience, I hope to help legislators provide new innovation that will continue to keep us on the cutting edge of technology in the future also”, Slaughter added.

“It is a constant challenge adapting to the dynamic changes occurring in Sweetwater County and the State of Wyoming,” Slaughter said. “The nature of our mineral-based economy makes it difficult to budget and provide cash flows to fund our local government in an efficient manner. These challenges and the task of managing an investment portfolio of various funds and for different entities that is over $50 million keeps the job interesting and creates unique challenges which I enjoy.”

Harnsberger Will Not Seek Re-Election

Fremont County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger announced today that he will not seek the Republican nomination for Fremont County Treasurer.  Harnsberger has served his sixth and final term as Fremont County’s Treasurer.  He was first appointed to the position in 1992.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the people of this county, and I am humbled by the support shown me by a lot of folks encouraging me to seek another term, however it is time for me to move on.”  Harnsberger said he is seriously considering seeking the Republican nomination for Commissioner in District #4 currently held by Ray Price.  Price told Harnsberger he will not run.  I believe my 30 years of experience in government finance and accounting will add something beneficial to the Board of County Commissioners”, said Harnsberger.

Harnsberger indicated he will throw his support behind Deputy Treasurer Jim Anderson who will likely run.  “Anderson has the experience, knowledge, and temperament to do a good job.  He will not be a one issue candidate”; said Harnsberger.

Meier Announces for State Treasurer

Sen. Curt Meier, currently co-chairman of the Transportation Committee, has announced his intention to run for State Treasurer. 

Meier likened managing the state’s $20 billion portfolio to running an agricultural operation, telling the Torrington Telegram, “When you’re in agriculture, you have to make decisions as to what profit centers might be profitable this year against others that might not make a profit. It’s the same situation when you’re looking at (state) investments.”

Meier also said he would like to continue to extend the professionalism that Treasurer Gordon “has begun” to implement. Additionally, Meier indicated he would modernize some aspects of the office, saying, “We need an overview of the systems in the treasurer’s office,” Meier said. “There are some antiquated areas within the structure of the treasurer’s office that need some addressing, as far as the ability of the chief financial officer (of the state) to implement some of the decision they do on a timely basis.”

County Treasurers have, at times, clashed with Meier while he has chaired the Transportation Committee.  At a committee meeting last October, Meier told treasurers who were testifying to the committee about registration fees that their commentary was, “presented with little or no thought,” and indicated the group should find people with better math skills to prepare future testimony.

Meier will contend in the State Treasurer race against another current legislator, Leland Christensen.

Increase Investment Returns – Not New Taxes

That’s the slogan of current Teton County legislator Leland Christensen as he begins his run for Wyoming State Treasurer.

Christensen, who previously served as a Teton County Commissioner and ran for Congress, told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the state’s current budget deficit could be bridged by getting better returns on the state’s $20 billion investment portfolio.

While he originally considered running for Secretary of State, Christensen announced for State Treasurer in support of Mead’s appointment of Buchanan to fill the Secretary of State opening left by the resignation of Ed Murray.

As State Treasurer, Christensen said he would, “help fight the threat of higher taxation.”

Legislature Leadership & Committees Set

harshmansh37The members of the Wyoming legislature have finished choosing their leadership and setting committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session that begins January 10th.

Representative Steve Harshman (Natrona) will lead the House of Representatives, while Senator Eli Bebout (Fremont) will be President of the Senate.

There were several changes in committees that the WCTA works with, as well.  While Rep. Madden and Sen. Peterson will continue to chair the Revenue Committees, Rep. Eklund will step in to replace Rep. Zwontizer, joining Sen. Meier to head the Transportation Committee.

Here is a full list of the Revenue and Transportation Committee members:

Revenue

Representatives Madden (C), Connolly, Dayton, Murphy, Hallinan, Kinner Laursen, Obermueller, Paxton.

Senators Peterson (C), Case, Ellis, Kinskey, Wasserburger.

Transportation

Representatives Eklund (C), Blackburn, Blake, Brown, Court, Crank, Edwards, Loucks, Piiparinen.

Sentators Meier (C), Agar, Anderson, Baldwin, Christensen.

The full list of all the committee and leadership assignments for the upcoming session can be found here.

Transportation Committee Sets Agenda

meiercs03Senator Curt Meier, Chairman of the Joint Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Interim Committee, announced the committee will meet on December 12-13 in Room UU322 at Casper College to discuss draft legislation.

According to the meeting agenda, which can be viewed here, the committee will take up several issues relevant to treasurers on Monday, December 12th.  The committee will discuss:

  • 9:45 am — Vehicle Registration Compliance:  Draft legislation on Vehicle Registration – Penalties and Vehicle Registration, Rebuttable Presumption

Both of those bill drafts are centered around penalizing Wyoming citizens that avoid sales tax or registration fees by registering vehicles out of state.

  • 11:00 am — Yellowstone License Plates

There has been a movement to create a Yellowstone license plate to improve Wyoming’s identity with Yellowstone Park, especially since Montana already has a Yellowstone plate.    The license plate model would be similar to the UW one, where the vehicle owner pays a significant fee that goes towards the Park’s benefit.

Here’s a link to the meeting’s materials, including the bill drafts.

Revenue Committee Sponsors Bills

img_1140The Joint Interim Revenue Committee met on Friday, November 18th and agreed to sponsor several bills in the legislative session.

The bills included one to hold Notice of Valuation Changes under $10,000 and only process them once a year, waiving interest on any amounts due.  A second bill would fund a study to change the method minerals are valued to one using the “discounted cash flow.”

A third bill shifts the responsibility for reporting oil and gas production from the “taxpayer” or well owner to the “operator” of the well, defined as the person responsible for the day-to-day operation of the property.

The working drafts of the bills can be read here.

 

Newcastle Spring Fling

Weston_County_Courthouse_WyomingThe WCTA Spring Meeting in Newcastle is fast approaching and President Faircloth and the education committee have been tirelessly working on putting the schedule together.

So, here is the tentative schedule of events:


Monday, May 16:

1:00 – 4:00  Tyler Technologies User’s Meeting
4:30  Beaver Creek Loop Tour (meet at Anna Miller Museum to get on bus)
5:30 – 8:30  Icebreaker – Canyon Springs Stage Stop Steakhouse – Cook out

Tuesday, May 17:

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Call to Order, Pledge, Welcome, Announcements, Introductions
WYDOT, Kim Lovett – DOR
10:00 – 10:15 Break
11:00 – 12:00 State Treasurer Honorable Mark Gordon and Staff
12:00 Lunch Break
1:00 WCTA Business Meeting
2:00 Unfinished Business
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15  New Business
4:30  Adjournment
6:00  Banquet and Entertainment

Wednesday, May 18

8:00  Special Purpose Excise Tax, Kim Lovett
9:45  Break
10:00  Bonding
12:00  Lunch
1:00  Public Officer Training Part 1

Thursday, May 19

8:00  Public Officer Training Part 2
9:45  Break
10:00  Continue Public Officer Training Part 2
12:00  Lunch
1:00  Ethics
2:00  Peer Knowledge Sharing
3:30  Fraud and Internal Controls

Tracking the Budget Session

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The 2016 Legislative Budget Session will begin on Monday, February 8th at 10:00 am.  Legislators have begun to file bills to be considered for the session.

 

As usual, the association will track the legislation using this spreadsheet.

Also, the WCTA will meet in Cheyenne on February 16th and 17th.  The 16th will be training and education while the 17th will be to discuss the bills on file and take positions as necessary.