One-Cent Renewal, Candidate Forums – Upcoming for Chamber

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, CEODixie Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” article in The Sheridan Press, October 11, 2014.]

In less than four weeks, Sheridan County voters will have the opportunity to cast their votes for important offices and issues. For instance, on November 4, voters will be asked to vote for or against the renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax for another four years. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce encourages you to vote FOR the renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax! 

The Optional One-Cent Sales Tax is not a new tax; rather, it was first passed in 1979 and has been in continuous effect since 1989. Since then, it has generated more than $107 million for infrastructure and services throughout the county. Not only does all of the revenue from this penny stay in Sheridan County, but the one-cent revenues may be used as matching funds to obtain additional state and federal funding dollars for use toward infrastructure and other community improvements.

It’s hard to imagine what Sheridan County would be today without the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax. Past funds have been used to help our county and the municipalities therein provide services for seniors, economic development, housing and shelter, heritage, history and arts, and public health and safety. More information and facts about the one-cent optional may be found on

Also, in preparation for the general election, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee is hosting two candidate forums next week. The first forum will be held on Tuesday, October 14, and will feature candidates for county, city and town positions, school boards and the conservation district. Then, on Wednesday, October 15, candidates for the U.S. Congress, state offices and our local representatives to the state legislature will be in attendance. 

Both events will take place at 7 pm at Sheridan College’s Whitney Presentation Hall. The public is invited to attend one or both sessions and is encouraged to submit written questions for the candidates. The Chamber wishes to thank each of the candidates for their willingness to serve the Sheridan area citizens. In addition, we would like to acknowledge Sheridan College, the Jaycees and the Governmental Affairs Committee volunteers for their assistance with the candidate forums.

Another Chamber committee, the Leadership Steering Committee, is taking applications for the 2015 Leadership Sheridan County program. Leadership Sheridan County was created in 1993 by then-Chamber Director Carole Perkins. The program is designed to prepare individuals from diverse backgrounds to be more connected and influential in the future of Sheridan County and is delivered through several modules, including an orientation retreat, an overnight trip to Cheyenne and an additional seven full-day monthly modules, each focusing on a different aspect of our community.

The 2015 class begins in January with graduation slated for October. In addition to the 2015 time commitment, program graduates are then asked to participate in the hands-on planning and facilitation of the next year’s class. Leadership Sheridan County is open to the public. The program fee of 4650 includes study materials and group travel and meals. October 31 is the deadline for submitting the applications, and class size is limited to 20 participants.

For more information, please stop by and visit with me at the Chamber at 171 N. Main St., visit our website at, or give me a call at 672-2485. 




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