A bill has been announced in the legislature that would take severance taxes earned from energy production away from the western slope.
Representative's Penry and Buescher have both taken a strong stand against this bill. Currently, the taxes earned from energy production
such as natural gas drilling stay in the county that the energy is produced. The proposed bill says that once the taxes collected reach a certain point. The excess dollars would go to other areas of the state
or be returned to tax payers in the form of a rebate. The bill is still being debated, and Penry adds it has been met with strong opposition so far.