2023 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Bozeman drafts equity and inclusion plan

The city is also looking to deepen community engagement by hiring Community Liaisons to build relationships between the community and Bozeman Police Dept.

City Club Missoula’s August forum dove deep into Montana’s Taxation System – Must Watch Video

The forum featured current and former members of local and state government. The expert panel provided an overview of Montana’s multifaceted system, including tax codes and rates, collections, rebates, and burdens.

Montana homeowners see higher property taxes as some big businesses pay less

The median residential properties in Montana saw a 21% higher tax bill following this year’s reappraisal cycle, according to a Montana Free Press analysis, with many homeowners paying hundreds of dollars a year more.

Most Montana residents likely to receive second property tax bill following state Supreme Court ruling

Gallatin County is among 49 counties out of the 56 in Montana that decided to charge residents less than what was expected of them, but after a Montana Supreme Court ruling, residents in those 49 counties will now be receiving a second bill.

Governor Gianforte To Launch Property Tax Task Force

“Property taxes are too high. Over this year and next, our $1,350 property tax rebate will provide the average Montana homeowner with relief that more than offsets their property tax increase,” Gov. Gianforte said.

State-Local Infrastructure Partnership Act Town Hall Set for December 5 Online in Montana

This town hall, hosted by the Montana Department of Commerce (Commerce) and Montana League of Cities and Towns, is an opportunity for representatives from cities and towns to learn about Commerce’s administration of the grant opportunity authorized by the 2023 passage of House Bill 355, the State-Local Infrastructure Partnership Act of 2023 (SLIPA). 

Philipsburg moves forward with resort tax proposal

Mayor Daniel Reddish tells NBC Montana that the next steps are outreach and education, including public hearings, and approval is crucial to ensuring the town’s infrastructure can keep up with its growth. He says he considers it more of an infrastructure tax than a resort tax.

Taylor didn’t tell the entire story on Montana’s property taxes

He closed, “It was not caused by our local governments, it was Gov. Gianforte and his Republican supermajority Legislature who stuck it to us.”

Montana Supreme Court sides with state, not counties on school mills

The governor issued a statement in appreciation for the court bringing clarity to the issue, however counties are upset the court’s verdict would result in higher taxes.

License fees for Montana teachers slated to triple

The decision by the Board of Public Education to triple license fees for Montana teachers has a complex and political backstory, one involving new state software, a new state law and a months-long stalemate between top education leaders.