22 in 21 late addition: Lodging Tax debate

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Organizers of “22 in 21: The State of Our Community,” the symposium coming up this Thursday, January 18, have just announced a late supplement to the program which should promise to be as contentious as it will be informative.

Charture Institute executive director Jonathan Schechter, who launched 22 in 21 seven years ago and is the event’s main organizer, confirmed the addition of a ‘point-counterpoint’ debate on the merits of the Lodging Tax. The lunchtime feature will pit Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Anna Olson, speaking in favor of renewing the tax, against Jackson town councilmember Jim Stanford, who will take up the opposition viewpoint.

The lodging tax is a two percent levy added to the hotel, motel, and other short-term rentals in Teton County. Proceeds from the tax are used to both promote tourism in Jackson Hole and mitigate its impacts. It is up for reconsideration in the November 2018 general election after being approved by voters in 2014.

“22 in 21 is the premier event focusing on the region’s future,” Schechter noted. “When the opportunity arose to have two community leaders as thoughtful as Jim and Anna discuss an issue as important to our future as the lodging tax, I jumped at the opportunity to include them. More than any other vote locals will cast in November, the lodging tax will serve as a proxy for residents’ views about the region’s future.”

The debate will be held during 22 in 21’s lunch period. Each speaker will make remarks, followed by followed by a Q&A session.

The seventh annual 22 in 21: The State of Our Community

  • Theme: “Core Values: Ballast During Tempestuous Times”
  • Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, with social hour to follow
  • Location: Snow King Resort, Jackson WY (Grand Room)
  • Cost: $75/person (plus $5 handling). Fee includes lunch and social hour
  • Ticketing: Tickets are available on line at 22in21.com.
  • Theme: “Core Values: Ballast During Tempestuous Times”

22 in 21 has always sold out. To be guaranteed lunch and seating, tickets must be purchased online by 6pm TODAY.

22 in 21 is presented by the Charture Institute and 1% for the Tetons.

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