The Jackson Town Council this past week agreed to renew its contract with WW Productions LLC for another five years, and in the process received a hefty check from WW Productions for the past year.
The contract calls for WW Productions to pay the town 10% of gross proceeds from concessions sales or $50,000 per year, whichever amount is greater, according to the item’s staff report.
For 2021, the concession company paid the town about $248,000.
It was a marked increase over the 2020 amount paid to the town — $75,415.45 — when the rodeo was hamstrung by the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying restrictions on attendance.
WW Productions LLC is registered to Phil and Levi Wilson with a Jackson address of 7785 Cowboy Way.
The checks for the three years prior to 2020, when the pandemic was not a factor, still paled in comparison to the this year’s check. The amounts WW Productions paid to the town in 2019, 2018, and 2017 were $145,348.27, $129,036.68, and $123,960.68, respectively.
Additionally, according to the staff report, “Pursuant to the Rodeo Grounds Management Agreement (RGMA) between the Town and the County, the Town passes through a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $60,000 (at no time exceeding the amount received from the Concessionaire) to Teton County for management of the grounds on [the town’s] behalf.”
The council voted unanimously, 4-0, to approve the five-year extension of the agreement on a motion from Councilor Jonathan Schechter, seconded by Councilor Jim Rooks. Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson was absent from Monday evening’s meeting.
“I think we’re very fortunate to have such a high-quality thing going on and I want to thank the applicant for his continued hard work and his interest in continuing to work for the town,” Councilor Schechter said. “Thank you so very much, it’s really a wonderful, wonderful thing.”