Mar 10, 2015

Taxpayers to help local graduates celebrate

A total of $1,250 of county dollars will help this year’s high school seniors in Powell, Cody and Meeteetse celebrate their graduations.

Commissioners approved giving $500 to Powell and Cody high schools’ senior parties, with $250 for Meeteetse’s. The county has contributed the same amount in past years for the alcohol- and drug-free events.

Commissioner Loren Grosskopf, as he has in the past, cast a lone dissenting vote on the funding.




“I seriously doubt they (the high school seniors) would even notice if we gave that money to the senior center (or) somebody else,” said Commissioner Loren Grosskopf.

“We don’t do that for anybody else,” Grosskopf said of the parties.

Commissioner Tim French noted the commission does host an annual appreciation dinner for the county’s volunteer board members.

“If that ain’t a party, I don’t know what is,” French said.

Grosskopf also argued youth have a relatively easy time raising money.

“I seriously doubt they (the high school seniors) would even notice if we gave that money to the senior center (or) somebody else,” he said.

“That could apply to every group out there, couldn’t it?” countered French, noting other groups the county supports.

Commissioner Lee Livingston said he might have some reservations about the party funding if he’d received complaints, but “I haven’t had any push-back from any of the constituents out there about not wanting us to do it.”

“Actually, I’ve had parents out there say, ‘Thank you,’” French said.

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