Gov. Signs 4 Bills of Property Tax Relief from Wyoming, Vetoes One

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Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into law a property relief package that will significantly reduce property taxes for eligible residents. Specifically, the property tax relief from Wyoming creates new exemptions for certain homeowners, limits the annual increases, expands eligibility for a state refund program and raises the existing exemption for veterans. Although the governor approved most of the tax relief package, he vetoed one bill.

Property tax relief from Wyoming: bills the governor approved

On Thursday, Gov. Gordon signed into law property tax relief bills that were approved during Wyoming’s 2024 budget session. The governor signed the following tax relief bills: House Bill 45 (Property tax exemption-residential structures and land), House Bill 3 (Property tax exemption for long-term homeowners) and Senate File 89 (Veterans ad valorem exemption-amount).

“I am happy to sign this package of legislation, which provides targeted relief to taxpayers most impacted by increasing valuations, while ensuring our counties and schools are able to provide the services our residents rely on,” Gov. Gordon said in a press release

HB3 offers a 50% exemption of the property’s value, provided the property is used as a primary residence, the primary owner or the spouse is 65 or older and the owner has paid property taxes to the state for 25 years or more.

HB45 puts a 4% cap on the annual property tax increases on residential structures and land. Lastly, Senate File 89 doubles the veteran’s tax exemption to $6,000 (from $3,000) of assessed value.

Bills that the governor vetoed

Gov. Gordon used his line-item veto authority on House Bill 4, the Property tax refund program, to remove the highest income category. HB4 created three different tiers for different income brackets. Although the governor signed the bill, he struck the top income tier.

In his letter explaining the decision, the governor said the bill expands the needed relief, but the $20 million appropriated for the program would be insufficient to achieve the program objective if the highest income category was included. Further, the governor added that he is not in favor of extending the program to those who make up to 165% of the county median income.

Gov. Gordon vetoed Senate File 54 (Homeowner tax exemption), which called for a 25% exemption to the first $2 million of a home’s fair market value.

Explaining the reason for vetoing the bill, the governor said the bill “would have only provided a temporary and very expensive tax exemption to all Wyoming homeowners at the expense of other taxpayers in our energy industries, retail and manufacturing sectors.”

In addition to bills related to property tax relief from Wyoming, the governor also issued a line-item veto to HB0166 (Education savings accounts-1). He vetoed SF0067 (Public employee retirement plan-contribution) as well. Further, the governor allowed some bills to go into law without his signature.

Lawmakers won’t be able to override the governor’s decision as they are no longer in session.