- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A Teton County lodging tax that voters will consider extending in November has promoted local tourism as well as services such as a new county ambulance.

A Jackson Hole News&Guide; analysis published Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1qbIreG) found that 60 percent of tax revenues promote tourism and 40 percent are spent by the county and Jackson on local needs.

Voters will decide whether to renew the 2 percent tax on lodging sales on Nov. 4.

Teton County voters approved the tax in 2010 - following three consecutive defeats - after the Legislature allowed 40 percent of revenues to be used for services other than tourism. Local governments in other Wyoming counties with the lodging tax receive 10 percent of revenues.

Of the non-tourism revenues, 10 percent, or about $500,000, goes to general town and county funds.

Jackson’s share totaled more than $400,000 in fiscal year 2014, and more than $1.2 million since 2011, according to Jackson finance manager Kent Meredith. The town allocated those funds to START transit, parks and recreation and pathways.

Teton County received more than $1.1 million in 2014 and allocated funds to the same services. The tax also provided $100,000 for a new ambulance for Teton County and $150,000 for the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.

Advertising and other media buys, visitor services and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Central Reservations program benefited from the 60 percent share for tourism revenues this year, or about $3 million, said Ponteir Sackrey, chair of the Travel and Tourism Board.

More goes to grants supporting event promoters.


Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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