April Norton - This is Our Town - October 23, 2019 by Carl Pelletier published on 2019-10-23T21:02:22Z Listen in as April Norton, Housing Director for the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department, joins Del Ray in the KJAX studios for this week's "This is Our Town" interview. April and Del Ray talk about the upcoming SPET election and Proposition #7: Community Housing Opportunities. Each Wednesday morning a representative from the Town of Jackson stops by the KJAX (93.5 FM) studios to chat with Del Ray. Listen in to hear about things taking place in our community that continue to make Jackson a great place to work and live! WHAT IS SPET? The Specific Purpose Excise Tax is a voter-approved 1% sales tax paid by visitors and residents on most goods and services (excluding unprepared food) purchased within Teton County. The funds allow local government to construct community facilities, infrastructure or amenities that would otherwise require other sources of revenue, such as bonds or increased property tax. It is estimated that visitors to Jackson pay 60% of the total amount collected. These projects would be leveraged with funds collected from our visitors. WILL THIS INCREASE OUR CURRENT LEVELS OF TAXES? No. Our sales tax is currently 6%. If any of the proposed projects are approved then our sales tax rate will remain at 6%. If all 10 items fail then sales tax will drop to 5%. HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO PAY FOR THE PROPOSED PROJECTS? Approximately $14-15 million is raised by SPET each year. If the tax revenue collection rates remain constant, collection will take approximately 5 to 6 years to acquire the funds to pay for the projects on the November ballot if all are approved. WILL VOTING FOR OR AGAINST ONE ITEM IMPACT THE OUTCOME OF ANOTHER? No. Each proposed project is an independent and separate question. Voting for or against one item will not help or hurt the outcome of another proposal. WHY ARE THESE PROPOSED PROJECTS NOT JUST FUNDED BY NORMAL BUDGET FUNDS? The SPET tax is a normal funding tool that the State of Wyoming allows local governments to fund community facilities, infrastructure or amenities that would otherwise require other sources of funding, such as bonds or increased property tax. HOW AND WHEN CAN I VOTE? Now: OPTION #1. Voters can vote now (in-person absentee) in the Teton County Clerk’s office (200 Willow Street) between 8am & 5pm Monday - Friday OPTION #2. Voters may request an absentee ballot by calling 307-733-4430, or by completing an Absentee Ballot Request Form (found at http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/269/Absentee-Voting) and e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org). Absentee ballots will start being mailed out September 26, 2019. Voters can drop off the form in person at the County Clerk’s Office or send in the mail:Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on November 5, 2019 November 5: Election Day: Voting Centers are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at: • Teton County Library • Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center WANT MORE INFORMATION? In-depth information available on the Town of Jackson’s website (http://townofjackson.com/537/2019-SPET-Information) including archived KJAX interviews! Next SPET Open House: Tuesday, October 29 from 5:00pm-7:30pm at the Old Wilson School House. Stop by and learn more about one or all of the 10 items on the SPET ballot.