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Wyoming cities, counties divided on changes to tax law

Wyoming cities want only people living inside their limits to have a say on city taxes, a change some county governments say would put them at a disadvantage.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Sunday state lawmakers heard from city and county officials last week while discussing changes to the local-option tax.

Under current law, cities can ask voters to approve sales tax increases, but these taxes must be approved across entire counties.

Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director David Fraser says the change would give cities more control and would give voters direct say over the taxes they pay.

Opponents including the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association say it could become difficult for rural counties with limited tax base to raise revenue.

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