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A ‘YES’ vote is a ‘YES’ for visitors paying their fair share!

 
 

Lodging Tax 101

The Lodging Tax is a 2% tax added to a visitor’s stay in any Teton County hotel, motel or rental property. This money is collected from non-locals visiting the valley to support emergency services, parks and recreation, town and county infrastructure and community events.  

 

No Lodging Tax funds are used to promote summer tourism. The Lodging Tax in no way contributes to summer visitation, rather it provides an important tool to mitigate visitors impact. 

 

Teton County and the Town of Jackson utilize 40% of the funds collected to support emergency services, alternative transportation, parks & recreational facilities and more. The Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Joint Powers Board, appointed by the Town Council and County Commission, is responsible for allocating the remaining 60% of the collected funds for events and promotion outside the busy summer season.

   

 

What We Stand to Lose 

$7,357,808= Funds Generated by the Lodging Tax in 2017

The Lodging Tax helps support a stable fall, winter and spring economy that preserves our natural capital and enhances the well-being of our community. Teton County can’t afford to lose the Lodging Tax, it’s our best solution to mitigate visitor impacts. 

The Lodging Tax is a 2% tax added to a visitor’s stay in any Teton County hotel, motel or rental property. This money is collected from visitors to support emergency services, parks and recreation, youth sports, town and county infrastructure, events, and other community amenities. 

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LODGING TAX (DOESN’T EQUAL) GROWTH

Voting ‘YES’ for the lodging tax is voting ‘YES’
for visitors paying their fair share.
Not a penny of the lodging tax is spent on
promoting summer or events in summer.

 
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What Tourism Means for Us.

"We are committed to making sure that the promotion and event funding to this place we call home enhances the well being of our community, in a manner consistent with all our shared values" -Alex Klein, Chairman of the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board 

 
 
 
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DID YOU KNOW...

 
 
 

The Lodging Tax is the only tool Teton County has right now to force visitors to pay for their impact on local services. Visitors pay and locals benefit in funding for emergency services, parks and recreation, youth sports, community events and other local priorities.

 
 

$1.2 Billion 

Amount generated in spending
by travel and tourism in 2017. 

8,720 jobs

Travel and tourism generates 27% of
Teton County’s total private industry employment. 
Without these jobs, the unemployment rate in 2016 would have been 30%.

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$563,396

Amount generated by the Lodging Tax used for
parks, recreation and maintenance in Teton County
and the Town of Jackson in 2017.

 

 

$61.7 Million

Amount generated in Teton County by local option lodging, gasoline taxes and local and state sales tax collections.

$6,503 More

Amount the average household in Teton County
would have to pay in taxes for existing government services,
if not for travel and tourism. 

 

$300,000

Amount provided by the Lodging Tax used for
Teton County Fire/EMS in 2017.

 

59%

Of the sales tax in 2017 was paid for by Visitors. 
Nearly 60% of this revenue source used to fund existing government services was paid for by visitors.   

$7,357,808

Amount generated by the Lodging Tax used
for the community in 2017.

 

Did you know...

No Lodging Tax funds are used to promote summer tourism. The Lodging Tax in no way contributes to summer visitation, rather it provides an important tool to mitigate visitor impact.

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Myth VS Fact

 
 

Setting the Record Straight

 
 
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Working for Us

The Lodging Tax helps support a thriving fall, winter and spring economy that preserves our natural capital and enhances the well-being of our community. The tax you don't pay is a win-win for the community

 
 

at work for the community

Our community benefits from the Lodging Tax in the way of resources for infrastructure to address visitor impact and increased funding for:

Emergency services

Parks and recreation

Youth sports

Community events

And other local priorities

 

At work for local business

Off-Season Visitor and Community Event Spending Supports:

Destination Marketing/Paid Media = $1,553,807

Community Events = $837,500

  • Examples include Elkfest/Old West Days, Jackson Hole Half Marathon, Eco-Fair, World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb, Rendezvous and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium

 

The Lodging Tax generated $2,943,123 in 2017-2018 for Town & County services including:

Public Safety: Fire/EMS, Police Department,Victim Services

START Bus 

Parks & Pathways 

Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

 

Visitor Services/Destination Sales: JH Chamber of Commerce = $715,000

Four visitor service locations that welcome nearly 500,000 visitors every year

Winter Destination Sales Partner Missions with Trade and Media

Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, Jackson Hole Airport, Chamber of Commerce Main Office and Home Ranch Welcome Center

 

The Lodging Tax generated $4,414,685 in 2017-2018 for destination travel related businesses
including: 

Visitor Services 

Community Events (Fall, Winter, Spring only)

Visitor Promotion (Fall, Winter, Spring only)

 

Winter Air Incentive JH Central Reservations = $300,000

Conservation Education = $100,000

  • Long-term investment in the creation of SHIFT, a nationally attended conservation conference

 

Supporting Our Community

 
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TESTIMONALS

 
 

“Thanks to the support from the Lodging Tax, Teton County Search and Rescue is able to educate and inform significantly more people before they head into the backcountry.”

-Stephanie Thomas, Executive Director, Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation

 
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“Through the Travel & Tourism Board’s event grants program, Jackson Youth Hockey has provided many visiting families the opportunity to not only play the great game of hockey in Jackson Hole, but to also experience our other recreational activities.”

- David Ellingson, Executive Director, Jackson Youth Hockey

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“TTB funding helps us have a much bigger reach … without it, these events would not benefit JH nearly as much.”

-Brian Krill, Executive Director, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club

 
 
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Want to add your name to our growing list of supporters? Email us at community@taxyoudontpay.com

 

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Join the Team.

You can help pass the Lodging Tax for Jackson Hole!

 
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Working together for a better community.

 

Questions? Please contact Residents for a Sustainable Community Board President Tim Harland at
community@taxyoudontpay.com.