Commission approves resolution establishing Great Falls park district

City Commissioners approved a resolution to create the city’s first park district during Tuesday’s meeting.

The park district was approved on the May 8 ballot and certified by the Montana Secretary of State.

County attorney affirms lawfulness of park district ballot language; vote certified by Secretary of State

Under Montana rules, the resolution can be challenged in district court within 30 days.

Once that period is over, the park district is officially on the books.

First Great Falls park district approved, assessment will appear on fall tax bills

The park district assessment must still be set each year as part of the city’s budget process.

The city has other assessments, including the street, boulevard district and Portage Meadows assessments, which are also set annually.

Park district goes to May 8 ballot

City staff will start making budget proposals at the end of the month and into July. The city’s property tax and assessments are typically set in August. All of those meetings include public comment periods.

Park district is on track to go to May 8 ballot for $1.5 million assessment

The city’s budget year runs July 1 through June 30.

Billings and Missoula have already adopted park districts. Bozeman is currently exploring options for a park district.