Local Option empowers Montana communities by authorizing them to pay for economic development and infrastructure projects through a vote of their citizens.

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Capitol Connections: Local Option Tax and Sentencing Reform

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Source: Yellowstone Public Radio January 31, 2017 Jackie Yamanaka Photo Credit: Jackie Yamanaka This week, the topics of discussion from the Montana Legislature: a local option tax proposal and sentencing reform in the state’s criminal [...]

Tax on Tourists to Pay for Infrastructure and Homeowner Property Tax Relief

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Source: Yellowstone Public Radio January 30, 2017 Jackie Yamanaka Photo Credit: Jackie Yamanaka State Senator Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman, had a local option sales tax bill drafted, even though past Legislatures have rejected such proposals. Phillips [...]

Guest opinion: Fiscally conservative local option for Montana cities

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Source: Billings Gazette Guest Editorial January 18, 2017 Karen Fagg Last summer, the Authorize Community Transformation Coalition was formed to support legislation that authorizes communities to vote on whether they want to enact a local [...]

What People Are Saying

“Settling for the ‘status quo’ or resisting change will ensure that the next generation, including my own children, look to relocate. They will seek out cities and towns where there are more opportunities, positive vibes, beautiful places to live and grow, and fun things to do. Local option would help us transform our communities.”

Emily Petroff, Owner Evolve with Emily, Evolve Real Estate Group

“We need to provide the quality-of-life amenities that recruit and retain talent. I want a city my son will be proud to call home, a place where he can stay and raise his family. Without local option to pay for amenities, Montana may continue to lose our talented people to other states.”

Jeff Ewelt, Executive Director ZooMontana

“We need local option to pay for our big, visionary ideas. Bold place-making initiatives like developing the Yellowstone River for recreation, entertainment, and restaurants would attract far more of the workforce my small business needs. We just need a way to pay for it, and local option can get us from good to great.”

Kris Carpenter, Owner Joy of Living, Sanctuary Spa

“Having lived in cities that passed the local option, I was able to see the positive economic impact. There is no reason citizens shouldn’t have the option to invest in their community through local option tax.”

Patrice Elliott, Chief Operating Officer EBMS, Inc.

“We would like to send a simple commitment of support for the ACT; authorize community transformation. We support your seeking authorization to ask voters to tax themselves for specific community projects.”

Dale and Kathy Galland, Prairie Unique, Terry, MT

“With ACT, each Montana town has the chance to DIRECTLY affect change and have a say in what their community needs – from street lights to public safety to state-of-the-art recreational facilities – it is up to us! Our terms, our vote – give US the power.”

Maisie Sulser, AIA, Architect-Owner, RESTÔR design + build