Rallies, informational meetings planned for park district, school levy and national heritage area

Kids’ Education YES, a group advocating for the proposed education levy, is hosting a rally on April 10 at 4 p.m. at SpringHill Suites, 421 3rd St. N.W.

The Great Falls Public Schools district is holding two informational meetings about the proposed $1.3 million levy on April 16 at the Paris Gibson Education Center cafeteria, 2400 Central Ave. The first meeting is at noon and the second at 6 p.m. Superintendent Tammy Lacey will discuss why the district needs the funds and how they’ll be used.

More information about the proposed levy is available here.

The City of Great Falls is hosting another informational town hall on the proposed $1.5 million park district on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Missouri Room at the Civic Center, 2 Park Drive S.

Park district goes to May 8 ballot

Preserve our Parks, a group advocating for the park district, is holding a rally at 4:30 p.m. April 26 on the Civic Center steps before the town hall meeting.

Town hall meetings planned on park district proposal

Both the school levy and the park district are on the May 8 ballot.

Ballots will be in the mail April 23 to registered voters. Ballots can be returned by mail, in person to the county election office or Montana ExpoPark on election day.

Elections officials will test the ballot counting machines at 9 a.m. May 2 at ExpoPark.

Informational meetings are also scheduled for May on the proposed Upper Missouri River Heritage Area.

The Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation, Inc. was formed as an all-volunteer nonprofit to fundraise and do the work needed to establish a National Heritage Area, which is a congressional designation.

If approved, it would be the first NHA in Montana.

National Heritage Area project gaining momentum in Great Falls region

The group raised the funds needed to conduct a feasibility study, which is required by the federal process, and the consultant will be speaking at the May meetings. Those consultants are Augie Carlino of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in the Pittsburg area and Nancy Morgan.

All sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m.:
May 1: Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts, Helena
May 2: Agricultural Museum, 1205 20th Street, Fort Benton
May 3: Civic Center, 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls