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A summer study found about 70 active short-term rental listings outside of the Lodging Overlay. While none of those listings were necessarily illegal, town councilors want to get ahead of a growing national issue of changing character and increased local rents.

The Jackson Town Council voted unanimously Monday to update short-term rental regulations in hopes of striking a compromise between allowing some rental opportunities while still protecting neighbors from a revolving door of visitors.

The regulations won’t go into effect until Jan. 1.

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Judd Grossman

I support this compromise, but I'm concerned that the high licensing fee hits working class homeowners to hard. The fee should be based on how many nights you rent, otherwise you are forcing people to get more heavily into the short term rental business just to afford the fee of admission.

I don't want to turn the entire town into a short term lodging district, but clamping down on the area of the valley that has the highest percentage of working class homeowners to the benefit of more affluent landowners in the lodging overlays, and illegal airbnbs that run wild in the county is a kind of class warfare. Trying to suppress property values and rents in the working class neighborhoods of Town for the benefit of employers and of privileged their privileged employees drawn to the valley by high wage jobs is not a moral high ground. It's simply a crass choosing of winners and losers hiding behind a thin virtue signalling veneer.

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