Town and County work towards decision on how to fund housing and transportation

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, town and county officials will try once again to make a decision on the Community Priority Fund. In the December 7 Joint Information Meeting, Town Council and County Commissioners were unable to agree on how to generate additional revenue for affordable housing efforts and for additional transit and transportation improvements. The main question is whether officials prefer to seek this funding through a renewal of the current Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET), whether to seek up to an additional one percent of general purpose tax, whether to keep the sales tax rate at six percent, or whether to try to increase the total tax rate by up to one percent, to a total of seven percent. During the December meeting, Commissioner Natalia D. Macker moved to place on the ballot a one percent general purpose tax and direct staff to prepare a timeline with key decision points for discussion at the January joint information meeting. The county voted on the motion, and it passed 3 - 1 (Commissioner Barbara Allen was not in attendance). The town voted and the motion failed 2 - 2 (Councilwoman Hailey Morton Levinson was not in attendance). As a result, the motion did not pass. Officials will also have the Comp Plan Discussion and the Housing Action Plan Legislation in the meeting today. Check out the full agenda for today's meeting: [image: Inline image 1] *Feature Photo: Town and County discuss the issue at the December 7 meeting