The Jackson Town Council, after last Monday’s Memorial Day holiday, will again have three consecutive meetings Monday, deliberating such varied topics as the town’s fiscal year budget to the return of the Shootout on the Town Square, which was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the council will resume Fiscal Year 2022 budget discussions — which began with the council’s January retreat, when they set priorities for the year — led by Town Manager Larry Pardee. Included within that budget discussion will be the potential revenue impact of implementing a one-half mill in property tax, should the council desire to implement the levy. The idea was raised in previous discussions, with the suggestion that revenue from the tax could be applied to the town’s share of Fire/EMS costs, which are shared with the county.
Councilors will also get a recap of changes they’ve already requested from the town staff’s FY22 recommended budget, which includes increased funding for Health and Human Services organizations, which the council was unified in supporting.
Monday evening, the council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6 p.m. — the morning budget workshop and evening regular meeting bookend a mid-afternoon joint information meeting with county commissioners — when they will cover a range of issues, including bringing back the Shootout, which was shelved last year as tourists descended in droves upon the town in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also on the Monday evening meeting’s agenda are the annexation of three portions of roadway on various edges of town, which are proposed to simplify issues related to law enforcement, chief among other reasons, and a nearly half-acre parcel of land along Flat Creek.
Some council members are likely to convene in council chambers at Town Hall, 150 E. Pearl Ave., as they did two weeks ago for the first time since spring of 2020, though Zoom participation is still available for council members, as it is for the public.
For members of the public who wish to make public comment or otherwise participate in the council meetings but don’t want to be in chambers, Zoom links are available on the meeting agendas, which can be found at https://www.jacksonwy.gov/491/Agendas-Minutes.