Vote 2016

There’s a lot for voters to decide at the polls in November, especially when it comes to how residents want to be taxed.

Elected officials have proposed a redirection of funding for the ballot, suggesting a short-lived specific purpose excise tax to pay for the Budge Drive landslide, which would dovetail into a 1 percent general sales tax. Should both measures be approved, the overall tax would remain at 6 percent but SPET would be extinguished. At least for now.

Contact Melissa Cassutt at 732-7076 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

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.

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

SPET is very popular. Replacing SPET with a General Excise Tax increase is just political slight of hand. If the General Excise Tax increase passes we will end up with both. Sales tax will be 7 cents of every dollar, and Jackson will be even less affordable for working people.

I hear elected officials talk a lot about making "investments" in housing and transportation, but we don't hear much talk about return on investment. The spending called for in the ITP and the Workforce Housing Action Plan have a terrible return on investment. More projects like The Grove will continue to waste hard earned taxpayer money on massively subsidized initiatives that barely move the needle on our housing and traffic challenges.

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