Clean Water for SPET
Don’t delay! Share your comments before next Monday, May 23.
Joint Information Meetings will be held next week for the Town and County to continue discussions about which SPET measures will be added to the November 2022 ballot.
In a new development last week (May 13, 2022), the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an additional $1.9 billion in grant funding to State Revolving Funds (SRF) to accelerate progress and upgrades on water infrastructure projects.
Previously, there was a minimum of $100 million per year for the next five years in funding available at the Wyoming state level through SRF for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
The American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contain significant funding dedicated to water and wastewater treatment infrastructure that are once-in-a-generation funding opportunities now available for clean water. However, these funding opportunities will require the Town and the County to provide matching funds.
Therefore, it is critical that the Town and the County place a Water and Wastewater Implementation measure on the Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) ballot. If this does not happen, we could lose out on significant available funding for clean water.
Town Councilors and County Commissioners have an opportunity to make a significant impact on water quality now, and for future generations with the available funding. This opportunity will not come again in their or their constituent’s lifetime.
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Teton County is currently facing water quality issues around Hoback Junction and impairments on Fish and Flat Creeks. Our community has an opportunity to prioritize clean water through the upcoming Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET). There are once-in-a-generation funding opportunities now available for clean water. The American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contain significant funding dedicated to water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
Two critical initiatives are moving forward toward clean water in our community now.
- Teton County has launched the Water Quality Master Plan
- The Town of Jackson has also taken direct steps to address water quality recently, including a study to evaluate the capacity and expansion of the current sewer and municipal wastewater treatment facility, a stormwater study, and a commitment as a community to prioritize water quality.
Despite these critical steps, the real work is yet to come. Now is the time for the public to stay engaged, involved, and educated to ensure the County Commissioners and Town Councilors prioritize water quality in future funding decisions, specifically through the upcoming SPET ballot.
- While there are once-in-a-generation funding opportunities, the competition for these Federal funds will be stiff.
- Water and wastewater infrastructure projects are expensive.
- To obtain the funding for these priority projects, the Town and the County will need to provide matching funds.
- Therefore, it is critical that the Town and the County place a Water and Wastewater Implementation measure on the SPET ballot.
Now is not the time to rest but to engage and help the County Commissioners and Town Councilors to determine priorities at this unique confluence of this Water Quality Master Planning effort and once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunities addressing water and wastewater quality. This SPET measure will allow us to leverage the much-needed funding available now through American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act.
County Commissioners and Town Councilors have the power to ensure clean water is a right for every citizen of Teton County.
Contact your Elected Officials:
Dear Town Council Members and County Commissioners,
Please place a Water Quality Master Plan Implementation Measure on the November 2022 ballot. Let’s leverage these SPET funds to implement this plan. The required matching funds must be in place for the Town and County to receive the state and federal funds allocated to water and wastewater initiatives from the Infrastructure Bill. We cannot lose out on this once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunity.
Please vote for a $10MM Water and Wastewater Measure for the November 2022 ballot.
Clean water must be a priority for our community.