Voters have less than a week to decide which boxes to check in Tuesday’s specific purpose excise tax ballot.

The special election asks for decisions to be made on 11 items totaling nearly $70 million: one that seeks to reallocate $1.5 million in previously collected SPET funds, and 10 new projects to pay for affordable housing, transportation and public safety projects.

SPET - START Bus

Proposition 1 would purchase new buses to replace eight outdated buses and two additional buses to allow START to expand its service into new areas, which could increase ridership.

SPET - Parks and Rec Employee Housing

Funding would pay to complete 21 rental units planned for the new Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation maintenance facility on Snow King Avenue. Town and county employees will be given priority for the units.

SPET: Central Wyoming College

Proposition 3 would allow Central Wyoming College to purchase land and complete architectural and engineering designs for a centralized educational facility. The college is spread among several facilities, and staff members say they can’t meet the needs of existing students or satisfy program demand as is. CWC would cover the remaining costs of the project.

SPET: Pedestrian Improvements

Pedestrians cross the street at North Cache Street and Broadway. The town of Jackson seeks $1.5 million for work on improvements to sidewalks, crosswalks and ADA facilities.

20170426 a spet start housing

Proposistion 6 would construct 24 units of employee housing units ranging from 400 to 800 square feet. The town would own the entire development and have the power to choose who could move in and how much rent is.

Redmond-Hall

Crews break ground on Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust’s Redmond-Hall rental project. If Proposition 7 passes, the town and county would be refunded money they have already invested into the project.

SPET - START Bus facility

SPET Proposition 8 would build a fleet maintenance and storage facility at the START Bus building on Karnes Drive. The facility would service town law enforcement and maintenance vehicles, in addition to the bus fleet.

SPET - Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station 1

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS wants to build out the pavilion behind the Teton County Fair Administration Building and use it as a temporary fire house.

SPET: Living Center

Proposition 10 would meet St. John’s Medical Center halfway to build a new Living Center to allow seniors to have private living spaces.

Contact Melissa Cassutt at 732-7076, county@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcounty. Contact John Spina at 732-5911, town@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGtown. Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079, schools@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGschools. Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, courts@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcourts.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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(3) comments

John Reed

Everyone I know tells me I should run for office, I have such tremendous ideas. All the job creators in Jackson, taxes too high, we want good services for citizens, some times you need a wall. A huge wall, and low taxes and what’s with all the regulations. The SPET is a bad deal, the worst, I don’t know why they call it special. We should renegotiate the SPET with the Federal government of Wyoming, and the North Koreans, and what about a new airport, come one, how hard is that. Roads are good and buses, who wants to ride the bus, carbon is what plants need. SUVs, I like big trucks, I got to ride in one, did you see that? Idea number one, we build a tremendous wall around Jackson, next, we’ve got to regulate the backcountry skiers, they’re scaring the hunters. And taxes, my God, we need lower taxes to have more money to spend on guns, which are the best things, and defense is important, critical because of grizzly bears, they get in our schools, I heard that. Everyone’s behind this, believe me, I wrote a book about it, the best book. Colleges and hospitals are good, SPET, I love hospitals more than anyone, everyone knows that, we need the best hospitals and a college, I’ll negotiate the best ones you can imagine, all for cheap, I’m a businessman, the best, that’s what people say. What kind of a Rec Center doesn’t have golf, I mean come on, I’m trying to recreate here.

James Wolf

Check NO boxes! These items on the ballot should be covered by long term budgeting and planning. NAN. [sad]

Judd Grossman

As of April 1st our sales tax dropped down to 5%. Think very carefully before you vote it back up to 6% for the next 6 years.

Local officials are insatiable in their desire for more taxpayer money. It's up to the voters to keep them in check.

Make sure to show up at the polls and vote "AGAINST" the proposals that you don't feel are appropriate, essential, urgent and cost effective.

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