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City and county approve 15 SPET articles to appear on November ballot

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JACKSON, Wyo.– Jackson City Council and the Teton County Board of Commissioners met Monday to finalize SPET ballots. The ballot resolution is due with the county clerk today.

Fifteen SPET articles were approved to appear on the ballot in November. A total of 18 SPET applications were submitted in April.

The final item, $1.93 million in funding for an assisted living facility for seniors, was added at Monday’s meeting.

The two bodies agreed to cut community housing funding from $25 million to $20 million and conducted a number of mock polls on items to cut funding, all of which ultimately failed.

Commissioner Mark Barron was the only one to vote against the proposed SPET items, sharing concerns about the amount of money allocated to each item. “We have to match some of that,” he said, suggesting bringing the total closer to $125 million.

He suggested cutting a number of items, including $10 million for city employee housing, $10 million for county employee housing, $8 million for land conservation opportunities in the Teton County, as well as reducing some of the funding amounts for items.

SPET, as a reminder, is a penny sales tax approved by voters and paid by visitors and residents on most goods and services, with the exception of unprepared food.

The SPET items total $166,435,139 and will appear on the ballot as follows with an option to vote for or against each proposal:

  • Improvements to Teton Youth and Family Services facilities: “$2,000,000 for the design, construction, upgrade, renovation, reconstruction and improvement of existing Teton Youth & Family Services facilities at Hirschfield Center, Van Vleck Group Home and Red Top Meadows. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Transportation alternatives and safe routes to school: “$15,000,000 for projects to improve transportation alternatives in Teton County and the City of Jackson, including the planning, design, engineering, and construction of pathways and sidewalks for safer routes to school, travel and recreation, as well as Stilson-n-ride Transit Center and Park and the purchase and installation of transit priority traffic lights and other transit infrastructure All unspent funds, including unused contingency funds, will be placed in a designated account, the principal and interest of which will be used for the operation and maintenance of these projects.”
  • St. John’s Health Housing“$24,000,000 for the planning, design, engineering and construction of rental housing for the workforce, as well as overnight accommodations for on-call hospital staff and patients/families. This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • Wyoming College Central Campus: “$10,000,000 for the planning, design, engineering and construction of a permanent campus of approximately 21,000 square feet to provide higher education opportunities in areas such as health, education Early Childhood, Hospitality and Language for Central Wyoming College in Teton County This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • Energy saving work projects: “$5,000,000 for funding community solar power generation and/or other local renewable energy; alternative fuel transportation projects; energetic audience; planning, design and construction of energy conservation and emission reduction projects. This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • Teton County Land Conservation Opportunities“$8,000,000 for the Teton County Scenic Preserve Trust to acquire interests in state trusts or private lands to conserve wildlife habitat, protect open space, protect historic agricultural uses, protect scenic values ​​and protect public access. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Jfire station ackson Hole Fire/EMS“$15,000,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new fire station in Hoback and/or Wilson and for the demolition of the existing station(s) that will be replaced. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Teton County School District Bronc Success Center: “$16,505,139 for the design, construction and outfitting of a new school facility that will include indoor recreational space for community youth sports programs, university classrooms and laboratories. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Teton County School District Employee Housing: “$16,000,000 for the planning, design, engineering and construction of multi-family housing for employees of the Teton County School District. This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • City of Jackson Sidewalks and Pedestrian Accessibility: “$3,000,000 to improve walkability and accessibility in the City of Jackson, including the planning, design, construction, replacement and installation of sidewalks, accessibility features that comply with U.S. law on persons with disabilities, safety features for pedestrians and cyclists, mobility and wayfinding signs.This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • Teton County Water Quality Projects: “$10,000,000 to fund water quality projects that will protect and improve surface and ground water resources in Teton County, such as the Wilson Sewer Project, the Pollution Prevention Project for City of Jackson stormwater and projects to be identified in the Teton County Water Quality Master Plan. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • City of Jackson Employee Housing: “$10,000,000 for the purchase of land and the planning, design, engineering and construction of rental housing for City of Jackson employees. This project is sponsored by the City of Jackson.
  • Teton County Employee Housing“$10,000,000 for the purchase of land and the planning, design, engineering and construction of rental housing for Teton County employees. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Community housing: “$20,000,000 to preserve and create permanent affordable and labor-intensive housing for local workers and their families. This can be accomplished through the purchase of deed restrictions and/or land interests upon which to design, plan, develop, design, construct deed restricted housing in accordance with the Jackson & Teton County Housing Supply Plan . Jackson City Council and the Teton County Board of Commissioners must authorize and direct the expenditure of these funds. This project is sponsored by Teton County.
  • Senior Center of Jackson Hole-Senior Assisted Living Planning:“$1,930,000 to engage professional services to conduct and deliver a needs assessment, feasibility study and proposed options for establishing assisted living facilities for the elderly in Teton County, which may include conceptual design. This project is sponsored by Teton County.