Gazette opinion: Take another look at local options

Source: Billings Gazette December 27, 2016 Gazette Opinion Image Credit: Bob Zellar, Gazette Staff When Yellowstone County proposed to replace dilapidated buildings at MetraPark with two large climate-controlled exhibition halls, a voter-approved property tax levy made the projects possible. When Billings people want to build a public library that was safer and more accessible, they [...]

December 27th, 2016|

Billings City Council endorses local option sales tax

Source: KTVQ Q2 News December 12, 2016 Dustin Kleman Image Credit: MTN News BILLINGS - Billings leaders say they want to embrace future funding sources. On Monday, Billings City council discussed legislative priorities, including the support of a statewide local-option sales tax. Ultimately a 3-cent local option tax would raise an expected $47 million annually [...]

December 13th, 2016|

Billings City Council Approves Endorsement for Local Option Sales Tax

Source: KULR8 News December 12, 2016 Tracy Smith Image Credit: Tracy Smith/KULR BILLINGS, Mont. - The Billings City Council reconsiders the motion tabling a local option tax proposal known as Authorize Community Transformation, or ACT. City Council members took the local option sales tax motion off the table, which led to a vote approving the [...]

December 13th, 2016|

Billings City Council should put priority on local control

Source: Billings Gazette December 1, 2016 Gazette Editorial Board Image Credit: Thom Bridge/Billings Gazette Montanans have extremely limited options for building up their cities and counties. State laws, enacted by the Legislature and governor every two years, control how local government is allowed to raise revenue. Yet it’s the city council members and county commissioners [...]

December 1st, 2016|