Category Archives: City Budget

City finalizing plans for public safety levy

City Commissioners are honing their proposed public safety levy. They discussed the proposal again with city officials during their Jan. 17 work session. City Manager Greg Doyon gave commissioners a condensed version of everything discussed over the last few months to help them “start to narrowly focus” on what they wanted to present to the community. He said his goal

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City legal, fire discuss options for public safety levy

Updated 1 p.m. Dec. 22 City officials continued their discussion of the potential public safety levy during their Dec. 20 work session. City public safety officials, as well as county, state and federal officials, spent months last year discussing their needs and challenges during the city’s safety task force meetings. The task force made recommendations to the commission in November

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Commissioners review city budget, revenues trending down

City staff did a quarterly budget review with commissioners during their Dec. 6 work session. Revenues have been stable since the city didn’t increase property taxes during COVID but expenses have continue increasing. City finance officials said that at this point in the budget year, which began July 1, without the CARES Act funds, the general fund would be in

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City considering code change for second Municipal Court judge

Voters approved a change to the city charter during the November election and City Commissioners will consider a code amendment to reflect the change during their Dec. 6 meeting. The city has been attempting to add a second Municipal Court judge for several years and it became necessary to amend the city charter to remove the “singular” limitation on the

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City considering $35 million public safety levy

City Commissioners have spent more than a year discussing recommendations from their crime task force and months talking about the possibility of a public safety levy. During their Nov. 15 meeting, they got their first look at potential options and costs that the city police, fire, legal and Municipal Court offices grouped into what they called good, better and best

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GFFR receives grant for safety equipment

City Commissioners will consider during their Sept. 20 meeting whether to accept a $99,545.45 grant for Great Falls Fire Rescue. The grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of self contained breather apparatus equipment and cylinders. GFFR was notified earlier this month that it had been awarded partial funding of its original

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City considering sending charter amendments to ballot for second judge

During their Aug. 2 meeting, City Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on amending the city charter to add a second municipal judge, which requires a vote on the November ballot. Commissioners will consider a resolution to send that question to the ballot. The city charter established a judicial branch with a Municipal Court in which all misdemeanor criminal, traffic

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City Commission approves budget, intent to raise taxes

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their July 19 meeting to adopt the budget and their intent to raise property taxes. During the meeting, several said they were opposed to raising taxes. Mayor Bob Kelly said they hear those concerns, but wish they’d seen more participation in the budget process. They’ve had multiple public meetings to discuss the budget for months

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City budget: Key things to know

During their July 19 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to adopt the proposed budget and increase taxes. Commissioners and city staff have been discussing the proposed budget for the last two months. Public hearings on city budget, tax increases upcoming Here’s some key things to know about the city budget: What is the city budget year? The city budget

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Public hearings on city budget, tax increases upcoming

City Commissioners will be asked to set public hearings on the proposed budget, tax increases and assessments during their July 5 meeting. Commissioners have been discussing the proposed budget during multiple public meetings over the last few weeks. About three members of the public combined have attended those meetings. During tonight’s meeting, commissioners will be asked to set a public

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