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View the Town of Jackson/Teton County joint resolution, approved on March 27, 2017.
Town Council and Teton Board of County Commissioners have whittled down a list
of public capital construction projects to be considered by voters in a special
election in May.
In a Joint
Information Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, councilors and commissioners finished
vetting Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) proposals, which came from a wide
swath of public agencies. The SPET is an optional, voter-approved 1 percent
sales tax paid by visitors and residents on most goods and services purchased
within the county, excluding food.
the list to the following, each of which will appear on the ballot as separate items:
of current START Buses and Purchase of Additional START Buses: $6.5 million
- Town/County Government
Employee Housing at START Bus Facility: $8.3 million
Wyoming College (CWC) – Jackson Center: $3.82 million
- Town of
Jackson Pedestrian Improvements: $1.5 million
Recreation Center Capital Repair, Replacement and Renovation: $2.4 million
Housing at Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility: $2.9 million
Affordable Housing/Rentals Project: $4.05 million
Maintenance Facility and START Bus Storage: $15.33 million
- Fire Station
#1 (Jackson) and Fires Station #3 (Hoback) Improvements: $6.8 million
- St. John’s
Living Center: $17 million
value of propositions being recommended for the SPET is $68.6 million. The
number of projects approved does not impact the amount of sales tax paid, but
rather the length of time the tax is collected before new projects are put
forward to the voters. If none of the proposals obtain a majority of the vote,
the tax ends when previous voter-approved projects are funded. The SPET has
been in place since the 1980s and provides approximately $10-$12 million a
also approved an additional but related ballot item requesting citizens’ stamp
of approval on how to use funds leftover from a recent South Park Loop Pathway
SPET project, which came in under budget. The electeds are proposing to use the
approximately $1.5 million of leftover funding toward a South U.S. Highway 89
pathway, underpass and wildlife fencing.
voters will have an opportunity to vote for or against each proposal in a
special election on Tuesday, May 2, or
prior to that via absentee voting, which begins on March 23.