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Legislative Finance Committee May Update

Posted Date: 
May 1, 2012
Amy Carlson, Legislative Fiscal Analyst

During the week of April 9, five staff members of the Legislative Fiscal Division and six legislators, including members of the Legislative Finance Committee, toured Roosevelt, Richland, Dawson, Fallon, Custer, and Big Horn counties and a bit of North Dakota. Several local legislators joined the group throughout the tour. The small groups of staff and legislators visited with representatives of school districts, county governments, city governments, community colleges and with industry experts and others in the area to better understand the impacts of natural resource development.

The impacts of development were reported by all areas of government. The primary impacts for schools were children that move in and out of school districts as a result of new families, special needs children, and growing enrollments. County impacts affect roads, sanitation, environmental, law enforcement, volunteer emergency services, and local planning. City impacts affect sewer systems, law enforcement, funding, and planning. In addition, North Dakota officials who have already been dealing with more significant oil development gave suggestions for Montana as development moves west.

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