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A letter from the Founder of Equality State Taxpayers Association

July 12, 2023

Joan Barron, writer of the recent opinion piece “Protesters need to cool off and get educated,” needs to
wise up and get her facts straight. No change to the Constitution is necessary to define “fair market
value”; the Wyoming Legislature already has this authority. All we need are the right legislators to vote
for acquisition value to stop the arbitrary and unfair tax increases on residential and commercial
property in Wyoming.
In the 34 years since 1988, the voter/taxpayers in Wyoming have now become aware of the fraudulent
system employed by the Wyoming Department of Revenue to reappraise their residential and
commercial properties each year as if they had sold them, when they had not. When there is an actual
sale of the property the Department of Revenue refuses to allow this to be used for appraisal, the result
is a tax on an unrealized capital gain on your property. Taxes on unrealized capital gains are prohibited
by the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In 1988, the Department of Revenue wrote and promulgated rules that created a tax on unrealized
capital gains. This was never disclosed, for obvious reasons so that your property taxes could be
arbitrarily raised anytime the spenders wanted more of your money to advance their agenda. While
state officials continue to call it “fair market value”, government agencies have a vested interest in
protecting their power. No government agency is going to admit that their rules or procedures are
unfair or unconstitutional. The way to stop this is clearly at the ballot box.
William Doenz
Sheridan, WY

Spear O Wigwam…. The “rest of the story”

Millions have gone into the restoration of the Sheridan College mountain campus called Spear -O -Wigwam. Was this the right course for Sheridan college to take? Find out more about the contractual agreements they made and the money they spent. Continue Reading

New State Auditor Kristi Racines Embraces The Transparency Revolution: American Transparency and Equality State Taxpayers Association Receive 6 years of State Checkbook Expenditures

Applaud Auditor Racines for opening the books. Wyoming’s new State Auditor Kristi Racines has produced six-years of state checkbook expenditures to and Equality State Taxpayers Association. The production included all public state spending transactions, along with the requested vendor file. This production fully satisfied the open records request that was the subject of litigation… Continue Reading

Wyoming Supreme Court Opinion on Capitol Renovation

The Wyoming Supreme Court has rendered an opinion on the lawsuit filed by Treasurer Gordon concerning the Capitol Square project.  The court ruled that the legislation concerning the project was unconstitutional on its face and ordered the District Court to proceed according to the Supreme Court ruling.  The order was a strongly worded order to… Continue Reading

No-Bid Contracts Contribute to Budget Shortfall

Suit has been filed in Wyoming’s First Judicial District calling for the judicial examination of contracting practices with respect to the Capitol Square Project, but also, the general contracting practices by the State of Wyoming. The suit claims that the Wyoming Legislature has shown a pervasive disregard of the competitive bidding requirements of Article 3, Section 31… Continue Reading

ESTA Opposes House Bill 162, Joint Resolution 007

The Equality State Taxpayers Association opposes the passage of Wyoming House Bill 162 and House Resolution 007, both of which propose increases in property taxes for Wyoming taxpayers. ESTA opposes tax increases and instead advocates for reductions in unnecessary or excess spending, including adherence to a competitive bid process that would reduce costs for government projects.… Continue Reading