G&F Contributes to County Coffers with Annual Property Tax Payments
The tax man called and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department answered by paying $279,000 in property taxes to counties in 2005, a $22,000 increase from 2004.
The Game and Fish pays property taxes on all real estate, which includes habitat areas, offices, warden stations, fish hatcheries and bird farms.
"To some degree there’s the misconception that Game and Fish real estate purchases remove land from the tax rolls," said Game and Fish Fiscal Chief Ron Arnold. "But the Game and Fish, like private businesses and unlike most other government agencies, pays property taxes on all the land and buildings it owns."
All counties received Game and Fish property tax payments. The amounts ranged from $62,430 paid in Fremont County to $496 in Weston County. Other leading county payments were Teton $30,815, Natrona $30,068 and Sheridan $24,802. Since 1992, the Game and Fish property tax bill has increased nearly $147,000.
In addition to property taxes, the Game and Fish also distributed $23,000 in irrigation fees between Big Horn, Fremont, Goshen, Lincoln, Sublette and Washakie counties.