Category Archives: COVID-19

City Commissioners supporting tax increase in proposed budget

City Commissioners told staff during a special budget work session on June 29 that they would support the recommended tax increases in the proposed budget. Those include the full inflationary factor and permissive medical levy, as well as using CARES Act dollars and a portion of the fund balance to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins

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City continuing budget discussion

City Commissioners continued their budget discussions during a special work session on June 28. They didn’t make any decisions and will have another meeting at 4 p.m. June 29. During the meeting, commissioners asked staff what they needed to help move the budget process forward. City Manager Greg Doyon said that he needed commissioners to reach a consensus on whether

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City holding special meeting to discuss budget proposal

City Commissioners will meet for a special work session on June 28 to continue discussion of the city manager’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. They’ll meet at 5 p.m. in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. City Manager Greg Doyon and the city’s finance staff presented the proposed budget to commissioners during a

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County, city still have no agreement over management of CCHD

After nearly a year of discussions, disagreement and apparent lack of communication, the Cascade County Commission voted unanimously during their June 21 meeting to reject an amendment by the city to their joint agreement for management of the City-County Health Department. They instead approved an amendment proposed by the deputy county attorney that is identical to the existing agreement but

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City to finalize $2 million grant for sewer crossing at June 7 meeting

City Commissioners will consider ratifying during their June 7 meeting an agreement with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for federal COVID funds for the city’s improvements to Lift Station No. 1. The city’s public works department submitted an application for the first round of the DNRC competitive water and sewer infrastructure grant program. The funding is through

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City caps ARPA funds at $3 million for community grants

City Commissioners decided during their May 17 work session to cap the amount of federal COVID relief funds set aside for community grants at $3 million. During that meeting, staff reviewed their efforts to get estimates and finalize plans for city projects using American Rescue Plan Act funds. The city has been allocated $19.47 in ARPA funds. Tom Hazen, the

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GFPS board approves employee stipends

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously during their May 9 meeting to approved essential worker stipend for many employees. The board voted to use some of its federal COVID relief funds for the stipends. The stipend will be $750 for staff who are regularly scheduled to work 21 hours or more per week. For those who

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City officials begin budget development discussion, tax increases likely

City staff walked City Commissioners through the basic mechanics of the budget during a special meeting on May 9. City Manager Greg Doyon had initially planned to do full presentations from each department, a format for budget development the city used years ago, but scheduling issues caused that plan to morph into a video briefing with information from the departments

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City discontinuing phone-in option for commission meetings

The City of Great Falls is discontinuing the phone-in option for City Commission meetings. The option was added during COVID-19 closures and remote meetings, but is being discontinued due to call-in delays and dropped calls. The phone-in option will be discontinued beginning with the May 3 commission meeting, but other options remain to provide public comment: attend commission meetings in

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