Natrona County decides to not implement reservation payment on tenting for now; different taxes stay, per state statute

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CASPER, Wyo — Michael Brown, assistant director of the Natrona County Parks and Recreation Department, told Oil City on Tuesday that the county commission decided not to introduce a $5 reservation fee at campgrounds in the county for the time being.

“At this time, we will not be introducing a $5 reservation fee. That will be reviewed at a later date when we review the potential new reservation system,” Brown said.

Under state law, the county continues to collect a 7% lodging tax on overnight camping and a 5% sales tax on overnight camping and lodging and dock rentals. A 3% credit card fee and a minimum 30-cent credit card fee will also be charged, Brown said.

The commission approved the $5 fee at a February working session to cover an operating fee billed to the county by a third-party online reservation system, Astra, to which the county is considering transitioning services. The fee is per transaction, meaning it is only charged once, regardless of the number of nights booked.

Brown said Tuesday the county would initiate reservations under the current CivicRec system on Wednesday. The new system, Astra, “may not be implemented this season,” Brown said. “If Astra fails, we will probably never implement it [the fee]. … If we get Astra running, we have to charge that fee because that’s part of their system.”

With the taxes taking effect, the cost (via a cash envelope) for a night at a first come, first served location will be rounded up from a base rate of $10 to a total of $12.

Okie Beach, all of Casper Mountain and other campgrounds currently subject to the online reservation system will increase to $11.80 for the first night.

Full hook-up sites at Alcova are $40.55 for the first night. Subsequent nights are $10 per night plus 12% state and local taxes.

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