The Town of Jackson share expenses for several departments of local government including, the Fire/EMS, Parks and Recreation, and Start Bus. But how they calculate the way they split funding is about to change.
Councilmembers on Monday voted to begin the process of updating the funding formula for Joint Departments with Teton County.
Right now, Teton County pays very roughly 55 % of the bill while the town ponies up about 45%. This calculation is based on the population numbers from the last Census with about 45% of the valley’s residents living inside the city limits.
Town officials say that equation is not an equitable way to divide up costs. They note that city residents also pay taxes to Teton County.
Amidst recent comments by elected officials in Town that they are worried about revenue projections, they are proposing a change.
One formula that was talked about at the council workshop is a 68% County 32% Town split.
Ultimately the council asked the Town Administrator to establish a new Joint Funding formula based upon total revenue collected by the Town and County
They will discuss the item at a future council workshop