At yesterday's lunch meeting between the town of Wright, City of Gillette, and Campbell County Representatives, one of the topics touched on was the joint powers agreement for the land board. That discussion centered around the Campbell County Commissioners making the case for an eighty -twenty split between the city and county in funding for Camplex.
“Certainly there are other concerns that we addressed and incorporated into the agreement, but yeah, the crux of it is that we want to be at eighty-twenty, and we are willing to give the city five years to get there”---Campbell County Commissioners Chairman Dan Coolidge
One of the other concerns that will continue to be discussed is whether the city's potential share of twenty percent over the next five years would freeze or go away if something catastrophic happened to their revenue flow. Coolidge added discussion has been going on for about three decades, but the picture of whether or not city leaders will agree to an eighty twenty split could really come into focus in early June.
“So our hope is that on the June 3rd City Council meeting they will make a formal decision, and on the June 4th Commissioners meeting we’ll make a formal decision.”---Coolidge
City Councilman Robyn Kuntz informed Coolidge that he still wants to have information provided from the commissioner's office on the county's budget and revenues. Kuntz said he wanted to compare the information over the last five years to that of the city's. He added that it has been no secret that he has wanted that "snapshot comparison" for years. Coolidge responded by saying that information is readily available and can be provided.
Council Member Louise Carter King noted she thinks that some of the previous quibbling over Camplex funding has been "almost silly". Carter King added that both the city and county realize Camplex is a valued part of the community, and neither should want to risk the great relationship between area leaders noted by so many visitors to Campbell County. Closing her thoughts on the 20% debate, she added, "I think we can get there."