Category Archives: Economic Development

County sending local marijuana tax question to November ballot

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their June 21 meeting to put the question of a three percent localĀ  tax on marijuana sales on the November ballot. The county can, if voters approve, implement a combined three percent local tax on all medical and non-medical marijuana sold in the county. On the same November ballot, the city is planning to ask

Read more

County ZBOA considering permit application from Friesen for supplement blending facility at Madison Food Park

The county Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider a special use permit application from Friesen Nutrition during its June 16 meeting for a blending facility in Madison Food Park, off U.S. Highway 89. The ZBOA meets at the county office building at 9 a.m. The agenda materials are here. Friesen is proposing to build a blending facility to manufacture vitamin,

Read more

City considering cell towers in park

The city has been approached by Dish wireless with a request to install cell phone towers in a Dudley Anderson Park. The city was initially approached last year and the proposal was brought to the Park and Recreation Advisory Board in the fall. At the time, the board wasn’t supportive of cell towers in parks. During their May meeting, the

Read more

City in talks with telecom company for easements

The City Commission unanimously approved a cable system franchise agreement with TDS Metrocom LLC during their May 3 meeting. The Madison, Wisc. based company has since begun meetings with city departments for their installation plans and during the June 13 meeting, discussed their plans with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. The company is planning to provide broadband internet, video

Read more

City developing rules for marijuana should voters opt to allow it in city limits

The City Commission is moving forward with plans to send the question of allowing marijuana businesses in the city limits to the November ballot. Jeff Hindoien, city attorney, walked commissioners through the process again during their June 7 meeting. Hindoien said that to send the question to the voters, the city needs to have actual proposed ordinance language. Marijuana, municipal

Read more

Fire Within winners announced, including The Electric’s founder

The Great Falls Development Authority is hosting the 2022 Fire Within awards on May 19 at Haute Hive, 721 Central Ave. The annual awards honor women in business and this year’s event has a new format. The Inspire Awards go to female business owners with five or more successful years in business and have mentored at least one other entrepreneur.

Read more

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

Read more

City approves Calumet tax abatement

City Commissioners unanimously approved a tax abatement for Calumet Refining during their May 3 meeting that equates to the loss of an estimated $2.77 million in property tax revenue over the next decade. State law allows for tax abatement for new or expanding industry, during which the first five years after a construction permit has been issued, qualifying improvements or

Read more

City considering new cable franchise agreement

The City Commission will be asked during their May 3 meeting to approve a cable system franchise agreement with TDS Metrocom LLC. The Madison, Wisc. based company has requested a non-exclusive franchise agreement for providing cable television services. Staff is recommending approval of the agreement, under which TDS will provide broadband internet, video and digital voice services in the city.

Read more
« Older Entries