Guest opinion: Fiscally conservative local option for Montana cities

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 option tax, a funding tool for local economic development. Our ACT Coalition set about organizing round-table discussions around the state [...]

January 18th, 2017|

Billings Chamber group joins infrastructure group’s plan for local option tax authority

Source: Billings Gazette January 17, 2017 Erik Olson Image Credit: Larry Mayer, Gazette Staff Backers of local option taxing authority for local governments said Monday they’re joining with the Montana Infrastructure Coalition to push for a bill in Helena. Members of Authorize Community Transformation, formed by the Billings Chamber of Commerce, said that they want [...]

January 17th, 2017|

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|