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July 27, 2017

Special Commissioners Meeting
When: 7/27, 9:00 AM
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7/31 : BCC Weekly Calendar
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7/31 : County Commissioner's Voucher Meeting
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8/1 : County Commissioner's Regular Meeting
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Town and County electeds to discuss SPET

Released : January 05, 2017
Town and County electeds to discuss SPET

Contact: Cindy Harger, Public Information Specialist
Phone: 307-732-5786
Email: charger@tetonwyo.org

 

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Town of Jackson and Teton County elected officials will meet on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 to discuss the potential of funding community infrastructure projects through the specific purpose excise tax (SPET), which citizens would vote on in May.

 

At the first of the two meetings – at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Town Hall -- the joint Teton County Board of County Commissioners and Jackson Town Council will hear the recommendations of a special committee formed last month. The committee has met three times in recent weeks to vet more than $100 million dollars of possible projects.

 

Because the early January meeting will be the first time both electeds and the public will hear the results of the committee’s vetting, public comment will not be taken to allow staff sufficient time to present the projects and explain how they were chosen. The Town and County have scheduled a second meeting specifically for the purpose of hearing public comment and providing time for electeds to discuss the projects. That meeting will be on Jan. 23 at the County Administration Building and is tentatively scheduled for 2-5 p.m.

 

Since 1985, the Jackson Hole community has chosen to use SPET funds to construct community facilities, infrastructure projects, and public amenities that would otherwise require other sources of revenue, such as bonds or increased property taxes. The voter-approved 1 percent sales 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. Over the years, the SPET has provided more than $200 million of funding for voter-supported projects.

 

If the Town Council and Board of County Commissioners move forward with a SPET election in May, voters would have the opportunity 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. Currently, the SPET is set to expire in the spring, dropping the Teton County sales tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent.

 

“Our tax rates are very low compared to other mountain towns in the West with high levels of tourism,” Mayor Pete Muldoon said. “Many of them have sales tax rates over 9 percent, plus city property taxes and state income tax. While we don’t need to match the tax levels of these towns, we do need to recognize that our tax rates are extremely low, and that some of the proposed SPET projects can be an investment in what matters to Jackson Hole as a community.”

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