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Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

This measure will support the development of affordable housing so that our dedicated middle class workforce can afford to live in the community they serve.

Transportation Choices

Transportation Choices

Voting for the 1% local option tax will take cars off the road by expanding public transit and making it safer to walk and bike.

Accountability

Accountability

Each year, the Town and County will approve a list of projects for funding. Expenditures toward housing and transportation projects will be tracked by the Teton County Treasurer and will be publicly available for review.

We support voting for a 1% local option sales tax.

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Why the 1% Local Option Sales Tax?

Accountable to Taxpayers

Affordable Housing

Transportation Choices

FAQ

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Who We Are

Who is the Community Priorities Coalition?

The Community Priorities Coalition is a diverse group of local individuals and organizations committed to addressing Jackson Hole’s highest priorities. We’re focused on finding balanced solutions to complex problems, like the growing gridlock on our roads and skyrocketing housing prices that have made it difficult for middle class families to be able to live here. The Coalition works with public and private partners to identify long-term solutions that will preserve our quality of life here in Jackson Hole.

Why?

Why should I vote for the 1% local option sales tax?

We need to come together and act now to responsibly address Jackson Hole’s highest priorities—traffic congestion and affordable housing. The 1% local option sales tax creates a Special Reserve Fund that gives residents control over how we plan our future and protect our quality of life. The fund will support projects that reduce traffic congestion and create affordable housing to ensure that the middle class can live in the community they serve.

Solving Problems

What problems will the 1% local option sales tax help solve?

The local option sales tax will address two of the biggest problems facing Jackson Hole today: traffic congestion and the lack of affordable housing. This measure strengthens middle class families here in Jackson Hole by investing in affordable housing, transit, and making our streets safer for people to walk and bike. By prioritizing smart development, we’ll protect the character and natural beauty of our valley. In addition, by giving commuters more transportation choices, we’ll reduce congestion and wildlife vehicle collisions.

What it Costs

The 1% local option sales tax does NOT raise our tax rate.

Since a pre-existing 1% local option sales tax is slated to expire next spring, families and individuals will pay the same tax rate we have been used to paying. The 1% local option sales tax does NOT raise our tax rate. In addition, tourists will pay about two-thirds of the 1% local option sales tax.

An Investment

What investments will the revenue from the 1% local option sales tax fund?

Our community has a major stake in keeping housing affordable and traffic moving even during peak seasons. Jackson Hole will benefit by keeping long-term neighbors and employees year round. This measure strengthens middle class families and helps assist our employers by investing in affordable housing, transit, and making our streets safer for people to walk and bike.

Reducing Traffic

How will the 1% local option sales tax reduce traffic congestion?

Traffic congestion is a major problem for our community. This 1% local option sales tax will allow Jackson Hole to prioritize funding for critical transportation improvements that take cars off the road. The Special Reserve Fund will be leveraged to develop more convenient and efficient public transit schedules and provide new sidewalks and bike lanes.

Affordable Workforce Housing

Make affordable housing an easy option

Affordable housing for our year-round workforce will be addressed through a three pronged approach of preserve – purchase land – partner. Technical assistance will be provided to employers and developers to match the demand for housing with the potential housing supply. Our community will leverage the 1% local option sales tax to create a streamlined process for those seeking to provide workforce housing.

Local Option Sales Tax vs. SPET

Why is this a 1% local option sales tax and not a specific purpose excise tax (SPET)? 

While the Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) has funded many excellent public works and infrastructure projects in Teton County, it cannot be used to fund ongoing operations and maintenance expenses for capital improvement projects. The 1% local option sales tax can and will be used to fund affordable housing and create transportation options for the next four years.

Accountability

The 1% local option sales tax is accountable to tax payers.The proceeds will be directed toward a Special Revenue Fund created by the Town and County. The money raised will only support approved affordable housing and transportation projects through a public and transparent budget process.

Voting for the 1% local option sales tax won’t raise taxes. You’ll pay the same tax rate you are used to paying, since an existing 1% local option sales tax expires next spring. And it must be renewed after four years.

On September 19th, 2016 the Jackson Town Council unanimously approved a motion to create a special revenue fund for the community priorities of housing and transportation. This fund will track all revenue created by the 1% local option sales tax in order to provide transparency to the public.

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