Category Archives: City Budget

City Commission considering amendment for $5.5 million Civic Center repair project during Oct. 6 meeting

The proposal to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan to include Civic Center repairs is on the Oct. 6 City Commission agenda. In mid-August, the city’s planning board voted to recommend approval of the amendment. On Aug. 26, the Downtown Development Partnership unanimously voted to recommend approval of the change. Downtown group approves amendment for Civic Center repairs; TIF application

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Public hearings on city assessments tonight, no increases proposed

During their Aug. 4 meeting, the City Commission will conduct public hearings on its assessments, which include¬†street maintenance, boulevard maintenance, Portage Meadows maintenance, lighting districts and the park district. None of them are increasing and the budget, which commissioners adopted on July 21, doesn’t include much for equipment or capital improvements since staff kept it bare bones to avoid raising

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Proposed city budget includes no tax increases

During their July 7 work session, city staff will review the proposed budget for the new fiscal year. The proposed budget include no tax increases and proposes using reserve funds to cover costs for this year in what City Manager Greg Doyon has called an “economic recovery” budget. The proposed budget doesn’t include new staffing for public safety, other staffing

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City manager recommending budget with no tax increases; limited funds

Great Falls City Manager Greg Doyon is recommending a budget with no tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Doyon has said in public meetings for the last several months that he would be recommending a budget without tax increases for economic recover for the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He’ll discuss budget options with

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Pandemic hitting city, county budgets

As the city and county are reopening along the governor’s phased reopening guidelines, limitations continue and there are financial impacts for the local governments. The state received $1.25 billion of federal funding through the $150 billion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, CARES, Act. Bullock updates phase one to allow gyms, some pools, movies theaters and museums to begin opening

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City reviews budget, gets missing funds held by county; golf fund improves, but remains at-risk with swimming pools fund

City staff conducted the quarterly budget review with City Commissioners during their Nov. 19 work session. The review showed that for fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30, the city had reached a 22 percent fund balance for the general fund despite only projecting an 18 percent fund balance for the year. City policy is to maintain an undesignated fund

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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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