Tuesday’s special election shot down the newly-enacted District 2 regulations by a margin of 180 votes.
Official results won’t be released until Wednesday afternoon. All told 1,475 town residents voted in the special election — 647 voted in support of the regulations while 827 voted in opposition. One ballot was turned in blank.
“It’s democracy in action,” Armond Acri, former executive director of Save Historic Jackson Hole, which initiated the referendum, told the News&Guide. “It wasn’t as big a margin as past referendums, which passed 2 to 1, but obviously people had a problem with what was being proposed,”
“Hopefully this will allow the Town Council to take some time to hear some more discussion, but not too much time. Let’s take out short-term rentals and move this thing forward.”
Mayor Sara Fliter said that while she was disappointed in the outcome, she is looking forward to getting back to work on the issues and moving forward with housing solutions.
“We’ll go back to work tomorrow,” she told the News&Guide. “The issues got very confused but I’m proud of the process we went though [to enact these ordinances] and I’m committed to listening and working things out. We’re going to double down on making progress for housing in the community.”