Contact: Cindy Harger, Public Information Specialist
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county officials vetted community projects and finalized a SPET project ballot
list. Now, it’s the public’s turn to decide which proposals they would like to
vote for in a May 2nd special election.
The Town of
Jackson and Teton County are jointly hosting two public open houses on the
Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) election:
- Wednesday, March 15, from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts,
Center Theater Lobby.
- Wednesday, April 19, from 5
p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Teton County Library Ordway
houses will provide opportunities for the public to stop by SPET proposal
booths, learn about the initiatives and ask questions of project
representatives. To allow for varying citizen schedules, one open house will be
during the day over the lunch hour, and the other will be in the evening.
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 tax
has been in place since the 1980s and provides approximately $10-$12 million a
year toward public capital construction and infrastructure projects.
the list to the following proposals, each of which will appear on the ballot as
of current START Buses and Purchase of Additional START Buses: $6.5 million
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 Fire Station #3 (Hoback) Improvements: $6.8 million
- St. John’s
Living Center: $17 million
also approved an additional, 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.
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 obtains a majority of the vote, the tax
ends when previous voter-approved projects are funded.