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SPET items sweep

Specific purpose excise tax-funded projects add up to $160M, the biggest SPET total ever.

Election night watch party at the Wort

The specific purpose excise tax was a full sweep Tuesday night with Teton County voters approving every single tax item, committing to collecting $160 million to pay for 15 projects.

It was the biggest SPET ballot ever, both in terms of the number of items and the price tag. Ballot items range from affordable housing to conservation projects and building new fire stations.

2022 General Election

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday morning at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse.


Teton Youth and Family Service's Van Vleck House was stripped down to the studs, some so old that they are “true” 2-by-4-inch boards. A second story is planned for the entire structure. Voters approved a $2 million specific purpose excise tax measure the local social service non-profit asked for to fund improvements to its facilities.

Town of Jackson aerials

All housing-related specific purpose excise tax measures passed on the November ballot, meaning local governments will be able to start raising funds for $80 million worth of housing projects come 2024.

Legacy Lodge

Since Legacy Lodge closed, it increased pressure on the limited resources Jackson has to care for patients with dementia who are in need of assisted living care. A virtual conference April 15 looks to give families information on how to manage a loved one's Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

General election

Jackson resident Wayne Grim waits in line at the Teton County Library to vote. Grim, who has been living in Jackson for 41 years, said his main goal was to vote Republican and no on all SPETs.

Election watch party

After the results of Teton County commissioners race were announced Tuesday, Sen. Mike Gierau, right, congratulates Wes Gardner, left, on his victory.

Conservation fund

The setting sun illuminates changing leaves in 2020 on Munger Mountain, where advocates for the Teton Conservation Fund hope to use public dollars to protect a state trust land parcel from further development.

Water quality

Steam rises off Flat Creek at sunrise as it winds through the National Elk Refuge.

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Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson. 

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

Lot's of problems with these SPETs:

Some are building projects with no location. Location matters

Some are affordable housing proposals that are requiring working class people to subsidize people who serve the rich. Not good.

Some are from organizations that have wasted huge sums of money and don't deserve additional funding until they prove they can be responsible.

Committing 10 years out leaves us vulnerable if unforeseen needs arise.

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