Lisa daCosta filed as a Republican candidate for Teton County Commission. The 24 year valley resident described her campaign for office as a return to community priorities based on core values.
Responding to community feedback she noted, “We need to get back to basics—all of our county departments must provide timely and effective services to the public. After a decade of updating the comprehensive plan, we have lost sight of and need to re-focus upon the plan’s primary values of natural resource conservation and preservation of community character, for the benefit of our current residents and visitors and future generations.”
Ms daCosta opposes the proposed increase in the General Excise Tax, which cannot be dedicated to one type of project, but rather can be used on expansion of general government operations and/or a stream of unknown projects. She noted that recent government construction projects have not been effectively managed and cost far more than expected.
“I have spent decades as a prudent manager of other people’s money, and I believe that fiscal management must be a priority at the county in coming years. The county commission must focus on how to maintain the services and infrastructure we have today—our START bus system, parks and pathways and world class recreation center each complement our amazing outdoor recreational opportunities and need to be in excellent condition and available year round.”
Ms. daCosta previously served on the Town of Jackson Planning Commission from 2005 until 2010 and was an active member of the Jackson Jaycees and the Elks Lodge. She has 29 years of investment and operational finance experience, most recently as the Small Business Advisor for Wyoming Entrepreneur Small Business Development Center in Teton County and owner of Cache Creek Financial, a financial consulting company.