Category Archives: City Commission

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 restricting to access to Civic Center as front panels cracking, buckling

The city manager has restricted access to the front entrance of the Civic Center due to public safety concerns. A piece of the back panel recently became dislodged, triggering the evaluation of other areas around the Civic Center, including “substantial cracking and buckling of the front panels,” according to the city. City planning to use downtown TIF funds for Civic

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City planning to use downtown TIF funds for Civic Center repair to avoid asking public for additional tax revenue

The city is moving forward with plans to use funds from the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District to back a revenue bond and pay the debt service for the estimated $5.5 million Civic Center facade repair project instead of putting the bond on the ballot asking voters in increase their taxes. The project would include replacing the roof, which has

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Commission votes to apply for $10 million federal grant for joint aquatics facility; use park district funds to match

The city’s application for a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense is moving forward for a potential joint indoor aquatics and recreation facility for Great Falls and Malmstrom Air Force Base. City Commissioners voted unanimously during their June 16 meeting to authorize the city manager to submit a proposal to the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program and

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City planning $2.48 million water main replacement on lower northside

A $2.48 million water main replacement project is on the June 16 City Commission agenda. The project will replace more than 3,700 feet of water main along 6th Avenue North from Park Drive to 7th Street North, along 5th Avenue North from Park Drive to 7th Street North, and along 7th Street North from 5th Avenue North to 6th Avenue

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City to amend CDBG action plan for additional funds for COVID response

During their June 16 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to set a public hearing for July 7 regarding an amendment to the annual action plan for the city’s Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs. Those programs are through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and each year, the city adopts funding priorities and an

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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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County responds to city request for study of Madison Food Park proposal

This story was updated at 2 p.m. June 9 with information regarding the lawsuit filed against Cascade County related to the Madison Food Park. Cascade County responded last week to the City Commission’s March resolution requesting that the county study the Madison Food Park proposal. In a June 2 letter, addressed to City Manager Greg Doyon, county commissioners wrote, “while

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Discussions with Maclean over animal services back on city agenda

Discussions over a proposed partnership between the city and the Maclean Cameron Animal Adoption Center are back on the City Commission agenda for the June 2 meeting. In March, city staff reviewed their analysis of Maclean’s proposal for animal services in the city. City receives proposal from Maclean for animal services; will continue discussion later Maclean representatives were frustrated with

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Bookmobile purchase on June 2 city agenda

The Bookmobile is on its last legs and the library staff is ready to replace it. The current Bookmobile is nearing 110,000 miles, regularly breaks down and often gets stuck. Maintenance costs have risen to more than $13,000 since May 2017 for items such as coach generator repair, brake adjustments, windshield replacement, dead battery recurrences, oils leaks and more. Library

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