Some countywide fees may rise soon as part of what could become a regular bit of fiscal upkeep.

“We want to be maintaining appropriate updates to fee schedules across the county, all of which exist for different reasons,” Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Natalia D. Macker said. “We think that it’s responsible to do that more regularly.”

Officials are looking at fees and rules for the following departments: Teton County Fairgrounds, Teton County Environmental and Public Health, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling, which runs the trash transfer station and recycling center, and Teton County Public Works, which issues permits for septic and grading work, among others.

In some circumstances, fees will go up, such as the monthly service rate for cardboard recycling, which is set to jump 5%. Other Solid Waste and Recycling fees are increasing as well.

Solid Waste and Recycling runs through an enterprise fund, meaning it’s required to generate its own revenue.

“It does not get funding from the general fund,” Director of Public Works Heather Overholser said at a March meeting.

In other areas, new fees are being proposed. That includes some public works permits for utility installation, grading and erosion control, and work impacting live water bodies.

Residents are invited to comment on the proposed changes in writing or via email. Instructions for commenting vary from department to department. To view the proposals and instructions for commenting, and to find dates for corresponding meetings, visit TetonCountyWY.gov1935/public-comment.

The first comment deadline, which relates to the Teton County Fairgrounds, is April 6. Changes will be discussed at a regular commissioners’ meeting the following day, April 7, though that may change as the county also continues to respond to the spread of the coronavirus.

The initiative to revisit fees came out of commissioners’ February board retreat with the idea being that “smaller, incremental changes over time are better than a big leap all at once,” Macker said.

“We’re just considering it more frequently as a regular part of our ongoing operations and budgeting,” she said.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

(1) comment

TERRENCE MILAN

I don't understand why recycling doesn't make money rather than cost money. How much money would we save by just throwing everything in the trash?

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