Category Archives: City Budget

City to set multiple assessments on Tuesday

On Tuesday, the City Commission will hold public hearings and set several assessments. Those include assessments for streets, special improvement lighting districts, the boulevard district and Portage Meadows. Street Assessment The street assessment is city-wide and funds the city streets division in the Public Works department. Commission adopts budget, including intent to raise taxes and plan to close Natatorium The

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Commission adopts budget, including intent to raise taxes and plan to close Natatorium

City Commissioners unanimously approved the $117.9 million budget Tuesday, which includes property tax increases and a plan to close the Natatorium by Jan. 1, 2019. Several members of the public attended the meeting, but no one spoke during the public comment period for the budget. After commissioners made budget comments, Mayor Bob Kelly reopened public comment and Larry Johnson said

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City budget up for vote Tuesday, includes intent to increase taxes

Most of the discussion around the City of Great Falls’ proposed budget has centered around the Natatorium, but there’s a lot more going on in the $117.9 million budget. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the budget during their July 17 meeting as well as their intent to raise property taxes. Natatorium closure likely through city budget process The mill

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Natatorium closure likely through city budget process

City Commissioners held an additional budget work session on Wednesday with two members of the public attending and most of the discussion focused on the Natatorium. Aaron Weissman, owner of Teriyaki¬†Madness, spoke in support of indoor swimming, but said he understood that the current facility may be beyond repair. He said where the indoor swimming is offered “is irrelevant” so

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City continuing discussion to close Natatorium, repair fire stations; additional budget work session set for July 11

Closure of the Natatorium remains on the table in the proposed Great Falls budget. City Commissioners and city staff further discussed the proposed $117.9 budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. No members of the public attended the work session. Commissioners added another special work session on at 2 p.m. July 11 for another public comment opportunity and

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Proposed city budget would close Natatorium, potentially a golf course

The Natatorium will close by the end of the year unless the City Commission make major changes to the budget presented by city staff Wednesday morning. The $117.9 million budget also eliminates the emergency manager position within Great Falls Fire Rescue and does not fund the six new police officers, including an additional school resources officer that were requested by

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Commission approves resolution establishing Great Falls park district

City Commissioners approved a resolution to create the city’s first park district during Tuesday’s meeting. The park district was approved on the May 8 ballot and certified by the Montana Secretary of State. County attorney affirms lawfulness of park district ballot language; vote certified by Secretary of State Under Montana rules, the resolution can be challenged in district court within

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City to seek proposals for management of both golf courses

The city’s golf courses have been operating in the red for years. City officials are moving forward with a new plan to address the two public golf courses that have been a drag on the city’s budget for years. City Manager Greg Doyon has directed Park and Recreation Director Steve Herrig to develop a request for proposals for management of

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Commissioners reject pool fee increase

City Commissioners split the vote 2-2 on the proposed pool fee increases. Since Owen Robinson was absent and commission policy requires three affirmative votes, the fee increase proposal failed during the Tuesday meeting. No members of the public attended the meeting to speak in opposition or support of the proposal. The prayer group was in attendance as usual, plus one

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Proposed pool fee increases small; aquatics program facing larger budgetary challenges

Pool fees are back on the City Commission for Feb. 20 after being pulled from the Feb. 6 agenda. Small increases are being proposed for open swim fees at the Natatorium, Water Tower and Jaycee pools and at the Mitchell Pool for children two and under. Those increases are each 50 cents. The proposal would raise the open swim fee at

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