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Cheyenne Budget: Public Works looks for budget increases

A bronze statue as part of the City of Cheyenne's Capitol Avenue Bronze Project sits at the corner of Capitol Avenue and 17th Street on Tuesday afternoon in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne’s Public Works Administration is asking City Council to increase its annual budget by $16,368 for Fiscal Year 2023. That would increase that line item in the division’s budget to $219,498.

City Council focused on the Public Works budget in today’s noon workshop, part of a two-week process to review the city’s proposed $59 million budget for FY 2023. As proposed, the budget is balanced at $59,636,705, up more than $5.7 million over the current fiscal year budget.

Last week, after an overview of the budget, meetings took place to discuss the budget for such offices as the Mayor’s office, Treasurer’s Office, City Attorneys Office and more. This week began with discussion of the Animal Shelter and Downtown Development Authority budgets and moved to the Engineering Division and Planning Development.


The city is hosting daily work sessions through Friday, May 13 to review the budget from noon to 1 p.m. in the Municipal Building Council Chambers at 2101 O’Neil Ave. The meetings are livestreamed on the city’s social media pages, through a Zoom link available at www.cheyennecity.org/ecm, and televised on Spectrum channel 192.

The entirety of today’s meeting focused on the Public Works Administration. There were several parts of the meeting, as the division was able to present every aspect of its budget.

The Public Works budget consists of four line items. That includes traffic, with a budget request of $574,133, up $29,775, and facilities maintenance, with a budget of $927,611, up $144,493 over the current fiscal year. The request comes after the division had to reappropriate its budget after not meeting last year’s obligations.


Also included in the division’s budget is a street and alley line item. That budget request is for more than $2.78 million, an increase of $337,747.

Department heads also asked for a $5,000 increase in the budget to purchase proper safety equipment and boots for some employees.