Local option tax bills supported

Source: Billings Gazette Letter to the Editor March 20, 2017 Image Credit: Billings Gazette Jeff Walters I strongly encourage anyone interested in developing a viable and competitive economic future for our region to contact their area legislator and demand their support of House Bill 577 and Senate Bill 331. These critical bills authorize cities across [...]

March 20th, 2017|

Guest Opinion: Let local voters decide on local options

Source: Billings Gazette Guest Editorial March 19, 2017 Image Credit: Tony Smith Bill Cole Who can better judge what your community needs – you, or state officials? The answer is obvious; you can. Unfortunately, Montana law does not trust you to decide what your community needs or how to pay for it. We can change [...]

March 20th, 2017|

Local option infrastructure bill would offer property tax relief

Source: Billings Gazette March 16, 2017 Mike Ferguson Image Credit: Billings Gazette A bill that would allow communities to vote on imposing up to a 4-cent tax on luxury goods and services in exchange for a minimum 10-percent property tax reduction got a committee hearing Thursday. Sen. Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman, told the Senate Taxation Committee [...]

March 16th, 2017|

Capitol Connections: Local Option Tax and Sentencing Reform

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 justice system. Senator Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman, requested a bill draft to allow local voters to decide if they want to [...]

February 1st, 2017|

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

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 said what makes this proposal different is it would be temporary. The tax, to be enacted by local voters, would [...]

February 1st, 2017|