County seeking applicants for multiple boards

Cascade County is seeking applicants for multiple board openings.

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment is seeking to fill one vacancy for the remainder of a term through Dec. 31, 2019. The ZBOA has the exclusive power and authority to independently hear and decide zoning appeals and applications for zoning variances and special exceptions. The five-member board meets on an as-needed basis. Applicants are due by 5 p.m. May 1.

The following Fire Fee Service Areas have the following number of vacancies:

  • Belt: 2 vacancies
  • Black Eagle: 2 vacancies
  • Cascade: 1 vacancy
  • Dearborn: 2 vacancies
  • Fort Shaw: 2 vacancies
  • Gore Hill: 3 vacancies
  • Monarch: 3 vacancies
  • Sand Coulee: 2 vacancies
  • Simms: 5 vacancies
  • Ulm: 2 vacancies
  • Vaughn: 3 vacancies

Term length is three years or fills the remainder of terms. Board members must live in the district or own property in the Fire District. The boards are responsible for governance of local fire district and/or area; sets policy; approves the budget and maintains finances. Applications are due by 5 p.m, May 14.

Cascade County is accepting applications for one resident taxpayer to serve on the Cascade County Compensation Board. Successful appointments to the Compensation Board will serve staggered terms of one year, two years and three years. The Cascade County Compensation Board is a 10-member board established to recommend salary compensation for Cascade County elected officials. Under Montana law, the county is required to assemble a compensation board to determine the salaries of the treasurer/superintendent of schools, county attorney, commissioners, clerk and recorder/surveyor, clerk of district court, sheriff and justice of the peace.  The Cascade County Compensation Board consists of Board of County Commissioners, three county elected officials, county attorney and three resident taxpayers appointed by the Commission. Applicants for the three resident taxpayer vacancies must be residents of Cascade County.  The Compensation Board holds hearings annually, generally in late May/early June, for the purpose of reviewing the compensation paid to county officers for the succeeding fiscal year. The board may consider the compensation paid to comparable officials in other Montana counties, other states, state government, the federal government and private enterprise when determining a salary schedule. The schedule must take into consideration county variations, including population, the number of residents living in unincorporated areas, assessed valuation, motor vehicle registrations, building permits, and other factors considered necessary to reflect the variations in the workloads and responsibilities of county officials, as well as the tax resources of the county. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 15.

The DUI Task Force currently has two openings for citizen members. Each citizen member appointed must meet the following criteria: be a qualified elector of the State of Montana; a resident of Cascade County; and hold no office in state or local government. This appointment will serve for the remainder of the term that expires June 30, 2019. The commissioners can appoint new members to one or two-year terms so as to establish staggered terms so that a minimum number of terms expire in any given year. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 15.

The Cascade County Tax Appeal Board is a three member board appointed by the County Commission. Board members serve staggered three-year terms. The board hears protests concerning assessments made by the Department of Revenue in accordance with rules prescribed by the State Tax Appeal Board. Disputed decisions of the board are submitted to the State Tax Appeal Board. Members of the board should possess a clear understanding of market value, costs of construction and the concept of capitalization of income. Appointees to this board should be flexible for scheduling of tax appeal hearings. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 15.

Cascade County is accepting applications for two openings on the ExpoPark Advisory Board for terms expiring June 30, 2021. This is a seven-member board and members are appointed by the County Commission. Members serve three-year terms. The Expo Park Advisory Board advises the commission and Expo Park management on matters relating to the planning and operation of fairgrounds and the Montana State Fair. Board members should expect to commit approximately five hours per month throughout the year and at least several hours per day for the eight days of the fair. Advice to the commission and management includes, but is not limited to: prioritizing/selecting entertainment artists; establishing policies, rules, and fee schedules; reviewing and recommending contract services and/or vendors for the fair; consulting with management and commissioners on capital improvements; assisting with donation solicitations; supporting grant proposals and funding opportunities; promoting a positive image of the facility and its programming; encouraging attendance at the fair and other events throughout the year. Experience or interest in civic groups, 4-H and FFA organizations, agri-business functions and communications with available media helpful. The board meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Board members are expected to attend the Montana State Fair, understand fair operations and provide a liaison between the public and the county. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 15.

If you have questions, call the Commission Office at 406-454-6810.

Applications are available online at or available at the Cascade County Commission Office, Courthouse Annex, 325 2nd Ave. N.