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CWC- Jackson SPET

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CWC-Jackson SPET

We are committed to this community and passionate about meeting the unique educational challenges and workforce needs of Teton County.

What is SPET?

The Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) is a tool used by the Town and County since the 1980’s to allow voters to decide on the imposition of a 1% SPET as well as individual projects they do, or do not, want to use the SPET for. The SPET provides approximately $10-$12 million a year.

CWC-Jackson is seeking SPET funds in the amount $3.82 million for the acquisition of two lots in downtown Jackson as well as planning, engineering and architectural planning.


Who is CWC Jackson?

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For nearly four decades, Central Wyoming College has been proudly serving the Jackson community.

For nearly four decades, Central Wyoming College (CWC) has been proudly serving the Jackson community. We are committed to this community and passionate about meeting the unique educational challenges and workforce needs of Teton County by providing:

  • Foundational courses that open doors to a college future, including focused support for those with English as a second language
  • Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency
  • Accredited culinary and hospitality program that fits within the off-seasons
  • Excellent nursing and health science programs
  • Business degrees, entrepreneurial success programs and customized workforce training
  • Dual and concurrent credit for high school students
  • Community enrichment courses for ongoing learning and improvement

CWC-Jackson has been partnering with community non-profits, schools and businesses to serve more students, increase skilled workers and advance our shared community goals. The results?
In the past ten years alone:

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    3,256 students in credit classes; 3,572 students in community enrichment classes; 1,111 English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

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    296 Certificates/Degrees awarded, 260 graduates and 207 High School Equivalency graduates.

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    100% Employment rate for students of the Culinary & Hospitality Program

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    100% Employment rate for students of the Nursing & Health Science Programs


  • Currently operating in a small, shared space at the Center for the Arts, CWC-Jackson faces a number of challenges when it comes to serving the community, including:

    -No dedicated professional kitchen
    -Lack of adequate classroom space
    -Shared lab space with local schools that limits curriculum options
    -Technology constraints due to using temporary spaces
    -Students delayed in graduating due to course sequencing obstacles
    -Lack of office space for existing staff

  • The good news? There is a single solution that can help tackle most of these challenges — a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Jackson.

    With a new, expanded space in which to operate, CWC-Jackson will be able to address our community’s need for: 

    -An increased number of better prepared culinary/hospitality graduates
    -Trained healthcare workers in new CWC programs of Medical Assistant, Health Information
     Technology & Medical Lab Technician
    -Business degrees, innovation & leadership training, and increased opportunities through the Start-Up
     Intensive
    -Quality educational programming with dedicated classroom space

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SPET Campaign

The expanded CWC-Jackson Center would be a boon for local residents, businesses and organizations, helping the diverse population of Teton County pursue their dreams while reinforcing community priorities.
The use of SPET funds for the new center would:
  • Provide more than 10,000 square feet for classrooms, labs, offices and a commercial kitchen
  • Allow CWC-Jackson to service an additional 200+ students
  • Meet the needs of a growing International (including Hispanic) population through extended ESL programs, College Readiness and career pathways
  • Expand Culinary, Hospitality, Business & Entrepreneurship offerings
  • Diversify Health & Wellness programs including Dental Assistant, Radiology Technician, Massage & Alternative Medicine
  • Offer Certificates in Sustainability & Green Construction
  • Bolster Science and STEM Programming & Undergraduate Research  
  • Increase Outdoor Certifications
  • Grow Computer Programming Courses in 3-D Design, Robotics & New Media
  • Expand the Workforce Development Department to quickly respond to community/business needs
  • Accelerate graduation rates, resulting in higher completion
  • Give CWC-Jackson the ability to create new programs as demanded by a changing local economy


How to Vote

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 voters in Teton County will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for or against 11 community projects, including funds for
CWC-Jackson. 

Key Dates

TODAY: Request an absentee, click here.

MARCH 23-MAY 1, 2017:  Vote absentee via mail or Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Teton County Administration Building, 200 S. Willow in Jackson.

MAY 1, 2017: Final day to vote absentee

MAY 2, 2017: Election Day!

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting begins on March 23, 2017.

MARCH 23-MAY 1, 2017:  Vote absentee via mail or Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Teton County Administration Building, 200 S. Willow in Jackson.

MAY 1, 2017: Final day to vote absentee

Where to Vote

You may vote at ANY of the following voting center from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

TETON COUNTY LIBRARY

125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY



TETON COUNTY/JACKSON RECREATION CENTER

155 E. Gill Ave., Jackson, WY


OLD WILSON SCHOOLHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER 

5655 Main St., Wilson, WY

Official Ballot Language

The official language as it will appear on the ballot states:
$3,820,000 for the purpose of funding acquisition of land, easements, planning, design, engineering, and construction of a new Central Wyoming College (CWC) - Jackson Center that shall hold classrooms, medical/science labs, offices, and a commercial kitchen. This project is sponsored by Central Wyoming College.

Ballot Preview

For a ballot preview, please click here.

Full SPET Project List

For a full list of projects that will appear on the SPET ballot, please click here.

We encourage all of our supporters to vote
‘FOR the Proposition’ on CWC-Jackson.


Community Benefits

An investment in CWC-Jackson is one that will benefit our community for decades to come. It is an investment not just in Teton County students and in the community as a whole.

Student Perspective

For every $1 that students pay for their education at CWC, they can expect $4.80 in higher future earnings. What’s more, a two-year degree will increase an individual’s earning potential to an additional $1 million over their lifetime. The overall ROI for Community College is 400% for students.

Taxpayer Perspective

For every tax dollar spent on educating students at CWC, taxpayers will receive an average of $1.30 in return over the course of the students’ working lives. In other words, taxpayers enjoy an annual rate of return of 3.2%.

Social Perspective

For every dollar invested in an education from CWC, an average of $4.50 in social benefit will accrue to Teton County and Wyoming over the course of the students’ careers in the form of reduced crime, lower welfare and unemployment, and increased health and well-being.


Commonly Asked Questions

What is SPET?

The Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) is a tool used by the Town and County since the 1980’s to allow voters to decide on the imposition of a 1 percent SPET as well as individual projects they do, or do not, want to use the SPET for. The SPET provides approximately $10-$12 million a year.

 

What projects are on the SPET ballot this year?

There are eleven items on the SPET ballot for voter consideration. They are:

Proposition #1: Replacement of Current START Buses and Purchase of Additional START Buses
Proposition #2: Town of Jackson/Teton County Housing at Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility
Proposition #3: Central Wyoming College - Jackson Center
Proposition #4: Town of Jackson Pedestrian Improvement
Proposition #5: Teton County/Town of Jackson Recreation Center Capital Repair, Replacement, and Renovation
Proposition #6: Town of Jackson/Teton County Housing at START Bus Facility
Proposition #7: Redmond/Hall Affordable Housing/Rentals Project
Proposition #8: Fleet Maintenance Facility and START Bus Storage
Proposition #9: Fire Station #1 and Fire Station # 3 Improvements
Proposition #10: St. John's Living Center
Reallocation of Previously Collected Funds:  South Highway 89 Pathway and South Park Boat Ramp Underpass

How can I learn more about the projects on the SPET ballot?

The Town of Jackson and Teton County are jointly hosting two more open houses on the SPET election (one was previously held in March). They are free, open to the public and project representatives will be there to answer questions.

Wednesday, April 19
Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
& 
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
 

Friday, April 21
Senior Center of Jackson Hole
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

You can also learn more about each of these projects online by clicking here.

What happens if Teton County voters approve all eleven SPET projects on May 2? Will I have to pay an additional sales tax higher than 1%?

No. The number of projects approved will not impact the amount of sales tax paid, but rather the length of time the tax is collected before new projects are put forward to the voters.

How long will the SPET collection take?

The length of the SPET collection depends entirely on the number of projects approved by voters as well as the amount of monthly collection (which fluctuates based on sales tax). It is estimated that if voters approve all eleven projects, collection will take up to six years.

What is CWC-Jackson asking for in the upcoming SPET election?

CWC-Jackson is seeking SPET funds in the amount $3.82 million for the acquisition of two lots in downtown Jackson as well as planning, engineering and architectural planning.

Who is qualified to vote in a SPET election?

All Teton County registered voters are qualified to vote in the SPET election. If you are not a registered voter, you can still register between now and April 18, or on the day of the May 2 election, as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age on Election Day 
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be a bona fide resident of Teton County and the precinct in which you register 
  • Must withdraw voter registration from any other jurisdiction, if applicable 
  • Must not be a convicted felon or adjudicated mentally incompetent
  • Must have acceptable identification

When is the SPET election and where can I vote?

The official election is May 2, 2017. All registered voters can cast a ballot, and qualified non-registered voters can register the day-of at the polls. You may vote at ANY of the following voting center from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Teton County Library
125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY


Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center
155 E. Gill Ave., Jackson, WY

Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center
5655 Main St., Wilson, WY

You can also vote absentee anytime between now and May 1, 2017. Vote absentee via mail or Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Teton County Administration Building, 200 S. Willow in Jackson. Click here to request an absentee ballot.

As a state funded community college, why are local tax dollars needed to fund this project?

CWC-Jackson has been requesting state funding to build a dedicated center here in Teton County for a number of years. However, there are two major barriers we face in receiving state dollars.

First, Teton County is one of the few counties in Wyoming that does not assess a mill levy to support its community college district (which is served by Central Wyoming College based in Riverton). As such, it greatly hurts our chances of receiving state funding when competing with communities that do assess a mill levy. Local funding through SPET would show the state that Teton County taxpayers are committed to the college, making future requests for support more viable.

In addition, the state is currently facing a significant revenue shortfall. Wyoming currently faces a $1.8 billion education-funding shortfall over the next five years. The citizens of Teton County simply cannot afford to wait and see if and when state funds will become available.

Over the past decade, CWC has explored a number of funding options for the Jackson Center – from private capital to grants and strategic partnerships. However, none of these have proven to be viable funding sources at this point. The bottom line is this: Teton County needs to fund this project if it is to move forward at this time and in this location.

Who will pay for the cost of operations once the new CWC-Jackson center is up and running?

Day-to-day operations for CWC-Jackson will be funded through a few revenue streams including funding from CWC, the state and private philanthropy. CWC is mandated by state statute to provide educational services to Teton County, and, as a result, ensuring operations continue smoothly is a responsibility of the college in Riverton. CWC also has a private capital fundraising campaign already underway to pay for operations.

 

I don’t plan to attend any classes at CWC-Jackson. How would supporting this project benefit me?

In terms of bang for your buck, taxpayer investment in local community colleges historically makes returns in spades – contributing not only financially to the town and county, but improving health and well being, reducing reliance on government and social services and enhancing the cultural vibrancy of the community.

For every tax dollar spent on educating students at CWC, taxpayers will receive an average of $1.30 in return over the course of the students’ working lives. In other words, taxpayers enjoy an annual rate of return of 3.2%.

What’s more, for every dollar invested in an education from CWC, an average of $4.50 in social benefit will accrue to Teton County and Wyoming over the course of the students’ careers in the form of reduced crime, lower welfare and unemployment, and increased health and well being.

An investment in CWC-Jackson is one that will benefit our community for decades to come. It is an investment not just in Teton County students, but also in the community as a whole.

What will the $3.82 million for CWC-Jackson provide?

Teton County SPET funds will allow CWC-Jackson to move forward plans to establish a dedicated campus in the heart of Jackson. The $3.82 million in SPET funds will pay for the acquisition of two lots in downtown Jackson as well as planning, engineering and architectural planning.

Currently operating in a small, shared space at the Center for the Arts, CWC-Jackson faces a number of challenges when it comes to serving the community, including:

  • No dedicated professional kitchen
  • Lack of adequate classroom space
  • Shared lab space with local schools that limits curriculum options
  • Technology constraints due to using temporary spaces
  • Students delayed in graduating due to course sequencing obstacles
  • Lack of office space for existing staff

However, establishing a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility will address many of these challenges. With a new, expanded space in which to operate, CWC-Jackson will be able to address our community’s need for: 

  • An increased number of better prepared culinary/hospitality graduates
  • Trained healthcare workers in new CWC programs of Medical Assistant, Health Information
Technology & Medical Lab Technician
  • Business degrees, innovation & leadership training, and increased opportunities through the Start-Up Intensive
  • Quality educational programming with dedicated classroom space

Does CWC-Jackson plan to address housing for your students?

Absolutely. We are committed to providing beds for our students and our working with our team and developers to identify a location to house up to 32 students.

When can we expect to have the new CWC-Jackson Center up and running?

CWC-Jackson’s SPET ask is only for land acquisition, planning, engineering and architectural drawings. Upon completion, and the acquisition of additional funds needed for construction, we will move immediately into the next phase.