Category Archives: City Budget

Commission approves parking fee increase; training requirement for elected, appointed officials

City Commissioners voted 4-1 to increase monthly rates for the city’s two parking garages to $51. They also officially established a pedlet program within city code and granted the city manager the authority to negotiate and authorize special incentive rates for bulk parking leases in the garage and surface lots for customers who either lease numerous garage spaces and/or pre-pay

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Agreement to formalize city-River’s Edge Trail Foundation partnership proposed

The River’s Edge Trail has long been a collaboration between the city and Recreational Trails Inc., which is now the River’s Edge Trail Foundation. During Tuesday’s meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to approve an agreement formalizing the partnership. The city will continue to be responsible for all trail maintenance, hiring staff and overseeing volunteers. RET Foundation will continue to

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Full-time historic preservation officer expected in city, county budgets

The city and county have come together to fund, for the first time, a full-time staffer to lead historic preservation efforts in Cascade County. The position has traditionally been a part-time position since 2001 and was mentioned as a priority during the last budget cycle but wasn’t funded at the full-time level. Since then, City Commissioner Bill Bronson and County

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Great Falls tax levy approved, commissioners direct staff to move forward with sending park district to May ballot

Updated at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 City Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve this year’s tax levy, which amounts to a net $1.09 annually for a property valued at $100,000. Commission approves budget, intent to raise taxes The city recently received its taxable valuation from the Montana Department of Revenue and the revised figure was $437,295, which was significantly down from

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Newly taxable property significantly lower than projected; city able to cover shortfall without cutting services

In the final step of the budget process, City Commissioners will consider the annual tax levy for Great Falls residents during Tuesday’s meeting. The city was projecting $2 million in newly taxable property based on estimates from the Montana Department of Revenue and $840,000 worth of additional tax revenue that was received in the last fiscal year. But when the

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Great Falls utility rates rank among lowest in Montana, region in survey

Utility rates in Great Falls are among the lowest in Montana and in the lower quartile among 285 communities throughout the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain region according to this year’s utility rate survey conducted by AE2S Nexus. Great Falls also ranks in the lower quartile of wastewater rates to residential customers and the lower third for commercial customers, according

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Some city assessments going up, but some are staying steady and one going down

As the city makes its annual budget and assessment rates some are actually holding steady this year and one is decreasing for Great Falls residents. The major city assessments are: General Boulevard District, 7 percent increase Portage Meadows maintenance, no increase Streets assessment, no increase Lighting district, 1 percent decrease A division of the city Park and Recreation Department maintains

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