Contact: Cindy Harger, Public Information Specialist
View the Community Notice as a PDF
specific purpose excise tax (SPET) and related community project proposals will
be discussed at two public meetings on
Monday, Jan. 23.
Teton County Commissioners’ Chambers: County commissioners will discuss the
SPET during their weekly Voucher Meeting. No public comment or formal board
action will be taken.
2 p.m. to
5 p.m., Teton County Commissioners’ Chambers: The Jackson Town Council and Teton
Board of County Commissioners will meet in a special joint session to take
public comment and discuss community infrastructure projects that have been proposed
for the tax ballot.
Project descriptions and background can be found in the staff report at
the following link: /cc/docs/StaffReports/2017-JIM/0123/20170123%20JIM%20-%20SPET%20Discussion%20revised%20with%20attachments.pdf.
In addition, Central Wyoming College and St. John’s Living Center will each
have time during the 2 p.m. meeting to present information on their capital
facilities project proposals.
To watch the meetings live via the internet, visit www.TetonWyo.org, click on the meeting’s
agenda, and look for the link to stream the meeting.
What is the SPET? The SPET is a 1 percent sales tax that has
been collected for specific, voter-approved projects in Teton County since the
1980s. Over the decades, the Jackson Hole community has chosen to use SPET
funds to construct facilities, infrastructure projects, and public amenities
that would otherwise require other sources of revenue, such as bonds or
increased property taxes. The tax generates an estimated $10 million to $12
million a year and is paid by visitors and residents on most goods and
services, excluding food. In total, the SPET has generated more than $200
Teton County voters will have the opportunity in May to cast votes for
or against specific projects, which in the past have included jail facilities,
the Rec Center, waste water treatment, street construction, library
improvements, schools, hospital projects and securing the West Broadway landslide.