Laws governing local ballot measures in Wyoming
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This article sets out the laws governing local ballot measures in Wyoming. It explains:
- Which local units of government make the initiative process available to residents.
- How and whether local units of government, including school districts, can refer local ballot measures (such as school bond propositions) to the ballot.
- An overview of laws governing local recall elections.
Types of local government
Local government in Wyoming consists of:
- 23 county governments.
- 99 city and town governments.
- In addition, there are 618 special districts and 55 independent school districts.
- See also: School bond and tax elections in Wyoming
Wyoming has three different kinds of school finance elections for issuing bonds, creating or repaying building funds, or instituting special taxes for adult education programs. In Wyoming, bonds are only allowed for capital improvements, renovations, or the construction of school facilities. They cannot be used to retire debt or pay other obligations. Wyoming also requires school districts to hold an election if they wish to issue a new tax (up to two and a half million) to help create new adult education programs. Building funds can be created for school districts on voter approval, provided that a certain minimum amount of funding is raised across the specified number of years.
Local recall rules
The recall of local elected government officials in Wyoming is governed by Wyo. Stat. §15-4-110. This statute applies to "cities and charter counties whether or not they have adopted recall provisions."
- For additional detail, see: Laws governing recall in Wyoming
Initiative process availability
There are no local units of government in Wyoming that make the initiative process available. There is a state prescribed process for local initiative and referendum for cities with a commission form of government, but, at present, there are no such cities in Wyoming.
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The Wyoming Constitution makes no reference to local initiative and referendum.
Wyoming Statutes 22-23-1001 gives cities with the commission form of government the power to enact ordinances through initiative and referendum.
Initiative process features
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Wyoming Statutes Title 22, Chapter 23, Article 10 describes the initiative and referendum process which is allowed in commission cities.
Initiative process in the top 10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in Wyoming|
|City||Population||City Type||Next election|
|Cheyenne||60,096||General law||No I&R|
|Casper||55,988||General law||No I&R|
|Laramie||31,312||General law||No I&R|
|Rock Springs||23,229||General law||No I&R|
|Sheridan||17,517||General law||No I&R|
|Green River||12,622||Charter||No I&R|
|Evanston||12,282||General law||No I&R|
|Riverton||10,867||General law||No I&R|
There are no local units of government in Wyoming that make the initiative process available.
- ↑ The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- ↑ Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state
- ↑ Wyoming Statutes 22-23-1001
- ↑ Wyoming Statutes
- ↑ US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)