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|

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|