Category Archives: City Budget

911 equipment contract on Oct. 15 commission agenda

City Commissioners will consider approving a $301,004.41 contract during their Oct. 15 meeting with Central Square/Zuercher Technologies for the replacement of call processing equipment at the Great Falls Emergency Communication 911 Dispatch Center. The current equipment, Positron VIPER, was approaching its replacement date at the city’s dispatch center and city staff released a request for proposals to explore replacements and

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City Commission approves tax levy

City Commissioners approved the tax levy during their Aug. 20 meeting for the current budget year. The total mill levy for the current budget year is 200.78 mills totaling $20,384,444. The projected impact on a home with a taxable market value of $100,000 is: inflationary adjustment: $2.33 permissive medical levy:  $6.38 total: $8.71 There was no public comment on the

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City to set tax levy on Tuesday

During the Aug. 20 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to set the tax levy for this budget year. The city received its taxable valuation from the Montana Department of Revenue on Aug. 5 and can now compute and set the annual mill levy. City approves budget, intent to raise property taxes During the budget process, the finance department estimated

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City approves budget, intent to raise property taxes

City Commissioners voted 4-0 during their July 16 meeting to approve the budget for fiscal year 2019, which began July 1, and to pass a resolution of intent to raise property taxes. Under state law, the city can raise property taxes by one-half the average rate of inflation for the prior three years. For fiscal year 2020, which started July

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Commission agenda includes setting public hearings on taxes and budget for July 16

During the July 2 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to set public hearings for July 16 on the resolution of intent to raise property taxes; the budget; and other assessments, including the park maintenance district. To catch up on the proposed budget, here’s our previous coverage: City takes first look at proposed budget, mayor floats idea of public safety

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City budget being developed, no new public safety officers included

The city budget process is underway and the city is not looking at much increased tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year, coupled with significant tax protests tied up at the state level, the budget is largely status quo. Police and fire departments both requested additional staff, but so far, those staffing increases aren’t included in the preliminary budget. Cities

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Interactive budget tool gives citizens more information on what taxes support

The city finance office has created interactive budget tools to help the public see where their tax dollars go. Kirsten Myre, city budget analyst, found a software system and entered all of the city’s data to develop the interactive, colorful tools. [USE THE BUDGET TOOLS] The hope, Myre said, is that the tools will get the public more engaged and

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City revises mill levy due to Dept. of Revenue error in taxable values; Cascade County will finalize budget this week

City Commissioners repealed a tax levy resolution on Tuesday to approve a new one with updated figures. The action was required due to a major error in the taxable values provided to Cascade County by the Montana Department of Revenue. The revision doesn’t change the impact to homeowners, according to the city fiscal office. County budget approval pushed to Sept.

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County budget approval pushed to Sept. 25; city will revise mill levy

The Montana Department of Revenue notified Cascade County and the taxing jurisdictions within the county of an error in their 2018 certified taxable values. That error has caused the Cascade County Commission to delay their budget and mill levy vote to Sept. 25. The affected taxing jurisdictions have requested revised certified values from DoR. County postponing budget vote due to

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Commission approves tax increase for Great Falls residents

City Commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to increase property taxes. Under the adopted budget, the city will increase taxes $6.14 for the year on a home with a taxable value of $100,000. That includes the inflationary factor and the permissive medical levy. Commission adopts budget, including intent to raise taxes and plan to close Natatorium The inflationary factor will generate

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