Special Purpose Excise Tax (SPET)

Voting information for 2019 SPET

To insure that all registered voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot, Wyoming allows voters to vote by absentee - for any reason. A qualified elector may apply for an absentee ballot either in person, in writing, by e-mail, or by telephone at anytime during the calendar year in which the election is held, but not on the day of the election.

Voting at the Absentee Polling Place

Additionally, Teton County has an absentee polling place that is located in the basement of the Teton County Administration Building. All qualified electors wishing to vote in person by absentee may vote at the absentee polling site.

The absentee polling site is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 40 days prior to the 2019 Special SPET Election. The absentee polling site will be open September 26, 2019 to November 4, 2019. Please keep in mind that the absentee polling site is not open on Election Day. You must vote at a designated vote center on Election Day.

Other Ways to Absentee Vote

If you are unable to vote in person at the absentee polling site, you can request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. Beginning in January of each election cycle, you may request an absentee ballot by calling us at 307-733-4430, or complete the ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORM (PDF) and email to elections@tetoncountywy.gov. Calling or emailing us is the best way to ensure there is enough time to mail your ballot.

You can also mail or drop off the form in person to the County Clerk's Office in the basement of the County Administration Building at 200 S Willow St, Jackson, WY 83001 or mail it to:

USPS:
Teton County Clerk
P.O. Box 1727
Jackson, WY, 83001

UPS or FEDEX:
Teton County Clerk
200 S Willow St
Jackson, WY 83001

If you would like someone to pick up an absentee ballot for you, please make sure that you complete the section on the absentee ballot request form which designates who will pick up your ballot, or make sure to give the person picking up your ballot a hand written note that gives them permission to pick up the ballot on your behalf.

Deadline of Receiving Ballots

All absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk`s Office by 7 p.m. on the day of the Election to be counted.

2019 SPET Information

SPET Ballot Items

1. Town of Jackson Downtown Water Quality Improvement Infrastructure – Cache Creek Project
$2,000,000.00 for acquiring land, obtaining easements, planning, designing, engineering and constructing the Cache Creek Project. This project includes updating the half-mile tube that runs under downtown Jackson to protect and improve stormwater quality prior to its entering Flat Creek, as well as preventing uncontrolled and untreated discharge of potentially polluted run-off into Flat Creek.This project is sponsored by the Town of Jackson.

2. Core Services Vehicle Maintenance Facility
$18,500,000.00 for planning, designing, engineering, and constructing a Core Services Vehicle Maintenance Facility, to service and maintain critical response and general use vehicles of Teton County and the Town of Jackson. These include, but are not limited to, snowplows, street maintenance vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, water/sewer maintenance vehicles, and buses. Any unexpended funds, including any unused contingency funds, shall be placed into a designated account, the principal and interest of which shall be used for operations and maintenance of the Core Services Vehicle Maintenance Facility. This project is sponsored by the Town of Jackson.


3. Teton County Courthouse 
$2,000,000.00 for the purpose of planning, designing, engineering, site preparation, and preliminary construction costs for a new or renovated Teton County Courthouse. The funds may also be used for immediate security improvements to the existing Teton County Courthouse. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

4. “Road to Zero Waste” Infrastructure Improvements at the Teton County Recycling Center and the Teton County Composting Facility.
$2,500,000.00 for planning, designing, engineering, purchasing and constructing infrastructure improvements at both the Teton County Recycling Center and the Teton County Composting Facility. These are needed to boost the waste diversion rate from its current 34% to the community's goal of 60%by 2030. Specifically, the funds will be used to construct a covered outdoor area of residential bins, to construct sorting system infrastructure, and to install a truck scale at the Teton County Recycling Center; and to construct a food waste sorting system at the Teton County Composting Facility. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

5. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Wildland Firefighting Apparatus Replacement
$1,600,000.00 for the purchase of four (4) wildland firefighting engines. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

6. Gregory Lane – Street, Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure, and Safe Route to School
$8,500,000.00 for acquiring land, obtaining easements, planning, engineering, designing and constructing the Gregory Lane complete street, water, sewer, and stormwater project. Improvements to the Gregory Lane area are needed for safety, sidewalks, vehicle access, and snow/stormwater drainage. Improvements include but are not limited to sidewalks and other safety features to assist students going to school; water, stormwater, and sewer infrastructure; rebuilding the existing roadway with curb and gutter; widening Gregory Lane; and driveway approaches. This project is sponsored by the Town of Jackson.

7. Community Housing Opportunities
$5,500,000.00 for the purchase of appropriately zoned land to develop permanently deed restricted housing thereon and/or the purchase of deed restrictions to house the local workforce. Funds will be placed in the Jackson/Teton County Housing Authority Housing Supply account. The Jackson Town Council and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners must authorize and direct the expenditure of these funds. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

8. History Museum Building – Genevieve Block
$4,400,000.00 for the purchase of land for the locating of a Historical Museum upon portions of the property known as 135 and 175 East Broadway Avenue (the Café Genevieve Block). Following the purchase, the remaining funds will be used for relocation of historic structures and artifacts, including the rehabilitation of those structures, construction of one or more new structures and related site improvements on the site, and designing, planning, engineering, constructing, and/or furnishing of the Historical Museum building and site. In the event the Café Genevieve Block property is not acquired and approved for location of a Historical Museum, the funds will be used for the purchase and development of land, relocation and rehabilitation of historic structures and construction of one or more new structures and related site improvements, at such alternative location as may be approved jointly by the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners. This project is sponsored by Teton County

9. Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Expansion and Renovation, Community Climbing Gym, King Street Extension, and Stormwater Treatment.
$22,000,000.00 for designing, planning, engineering, construction, and equipping the renovation and expansion of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center. The renovation and expansion includes an additional gymnasium, indoor walking/running track, indoor climbing gym, wellness and fitness opportunities, outdoor aquatics splash pad, general youth-to-senior recreational amenities, associated building infrastructure, King Street extension, storm-water management systems, and associated site parking, multimodal circulation and landscaping. Any unexpended funds, including any unused contingency funds, shall be placed into a designated account, the principal and interest of which shall be used for operations and maintenance of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

10. Wildlife Crossings
$10,000,000.00 for purchasing land, obtaining easements, planning, designing, and constructing wildlife crossing structures of various types and locations identified in the Teton County Wildlife Crossings Master Plan. The funds may also be used to provide other measures to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife, including but not limited to, signage, safe lighting, wildlife detection systems, fencing, and other protective measures. This project is sponsored by Teton County.

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Note

The number of projects approved will not impact the amount of sales tax paid, but rather the length of time the tax is collected before new projects are put forward to the voters.

If none of the proposals obtain a majority of the vote, the tax ends when previous voter-approved projects are funded. The SPET has been in place since the 1980s and provides approximately $14-$15 million a year.