Air Service, Cap Tax Discussed in Meeting

Sheridan municipal and county officials talked about air service and the capital facilities tax in a meeting in Dayton Friday night, but no decisions were made during the joint city-county session.

Sheridan County commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding with the state that specifies air service will be provided to Sheridan County by SkyWest Airlines after January 2020, and Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller said Friday the city is on board with that, although some issues remain to be ironed out.

Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson said at Friday’s meeting Shawn Parker, who’s executive director of Sheridan Travel and Tourism, said Denver Air Connection is leaving on good terms. Parker said Denver Air has treated the county really well during its service here.

The decision to go with SkyWest is based on costs. The state of Wyoming will contribute toward the minimum rate guarantee for SkyWest but not for Denver Air.

Anderson said the current one percent capital facilities tax is expected to end some time in 2020. The capital facilities tax has been levied for several years in Sheridan County to provide funds for specific projects in the county and four municipalities.

Anderson said the issue is whether to continue the tax for additional county and municipal projects. At this time, no specific projects have been identified for continued funding.