Former Planet Publisher Goes For Council

By on May 23, 2016

JuddCampaignMugJackson Hole, Wyoming — Judd Grossman, co-founder and former co-publisher of Planet Jackson Hole, announced he will vie for a seat on Town Council. The local musician is challenging incumbents Hailey Morton Levinson and Jim Stanford.

“My principles and positions are clear,” Grossman wrote in a prepared statement, “the General Excise Tax increase should be defeated at the ballot in November.” Grossman also says taxpayer money shouldn’t be used to directly subsidize housing for private employees and their private employers.

Grossman was a member of the Town Planning Commission in the 1990s and was part of a local group that advocated for the 1994 Comprehensive Plan, People for the Plan.

Because of a “massive increase in taxes without a coherent and intelligent plan for how to make our traffic and housing problems better,” Grossman stated, the recently passed Workforce Housing Action Plan and Integrated Transportation Plan are “fundamentally flawed documents.”

Grossman’s views are a sharp contrast to those of Morton Levinson and Stanford, who both support the new housing and transportation plans that local electeds unanimously approved last year to address a housing crisis that has reached cataclysmic proportions. The Integrated Transportation Plan was crafted to solve the valley’s swelling traffic issues. Some residents have already reported a rise in vehicular congestion this month, weeks ahead of the official busy summer season.

 

 

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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