Category Archives: City Budget

GFFR seeking grant for safety, decontamination and wellness equipment

Great Falls Fire Rescue is applying for a grant from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant for safety and decontamination equipment. GFFR is applying for $188,879.52, which if approved, the city’s match would be $17,170.87 and would come from GFFR’s safety equipment account. The tentative announcement for the grant is September or October, according to GFFR.

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City reviews budget, several funds take hit from COVID

COVID-19 is impacting the city’s budget, particularly in the recreation, events and parking funds where operations have been significantly curtailed. But, one bright spot, staff told City Commissioners during their Jan. 19 work session, is that the city’s golf contractor, CourseCo, is making money and paying some of those profits back to the city, as stipulated under their contract. So

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GFFR accepting applications for multiple vacancies

Great Falls Fire Rescue is down about nine firefighters due to retirements, promotions and the inability to develop a hiring pool due to COVID-19. But, GFFR, along with other fire departments that are members of the Montana Firefighting Testing Consortium, is working on testing to build a hiring pool. COVID-19 is forcing them to change up the process a bit

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Civic Center facade project on Nov. 17 commission agenda for first read to set public hearing for Dec. 1

City staff’s request to use tax increment financing funds for the Civic Center façade repair project gets a first read during the Nov. 17 City Commission meeting, when they’ll be asked to set a public hearing on the request for Dec. 1. The city is requesting to use the downtown TIF funds for the project that’s an estimated $5.5 construction

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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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