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October 16, 2019 in Association News

Congratulations to Shane Gorder, Richland County Commissioner & MACo’s New President

I would like to say thank you for allowing me to continue in this organization as the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) President.  It truly is an honor and I…
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October 10, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Richland County Health Department Seeking Public Health Director/Administrator

The Richland County Health Department is seeking a Public Health Director/Administrator. This position directs the provision of the 10 essential services of public health in Richland County and surrounding counties…
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October 10, 2019 in County News

Board of Crime Control Lifetime Achievement Award

The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) announced that Tony Harbaugh, Custer County Sheriff--who has been in the county's Sheriff's Office for over 40 years--is the recipient of the MBCC…
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October 8, 2019 in County News

Refuge Revenue Sharing (RRS)

All Wildlife Refuges are managed under the U.S. fish & Wildlife Services, which is an agency inside of the Department of Interior. An important distinction on how annual Refuge Revenue…
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October 6, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Registered Sanitarian

Cascade County is seeking a Registered Sanitarian. This position spends approximately 75% of their time performing routine and follow-up inspect-ions of licensed establishments, provides information and education to establishment operators,…
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October 6, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Environmental Health Division Manager

Cascade County is seeking an Environmental Health Division Manager. This position manages staff and all programs and contracted services under the Environmental Health Division including, but not limited to, DPHHS…
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October 2, 2019 in Association News

MACo PCT Request for Proposals: Property Appraisal Services

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit offers from qualified vendors to provide property appraisal services for the Montana Association of Counties Property & Casualty Trust…
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October 1, 2019 in County News

Cybersecurity Awareness: Tips for Social Media

Cybersecurity is likely a term you've been hearing lately.  Below you find some additional tips regarding social media to better secure yourself, your family, and your organization. Also provided is…
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October 1, 2019 in Association News

2019 Directory of County Officials is on Sale

The 2019 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is on sale, down from $15.00 to $8.00. 
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October 1, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Deputy County Attorney – Criminal

Cascade County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney -Criminal. This position performs complex legal, professional and administrative work. The work is performed in accordance with established standards and practices of…
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October 1, 2019 in County News

New Lodging Rates Beginning October 1st

The General Services Administration has announced new lodging rates effective for travel beginning October 1, 2019.
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September 30, 2019 in State News

DOJ Advanced Authentication Requirement

In 2013, the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy put Advanced Authentication (AA) requirements in place. To date, many agencies and organizations haven’t implemented this security requirement. AA requires…
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September 30, 2019 in Safety Corner

Safety Corner: County Safety Culture

Is a bad safety culture bringing your County down and leading to increased accidents? Here’s how to tell if your County has a bad safety culture, and what you can…
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September 30, 2019 in State News

State of Montana 911 Grant Program Notice of Funding Available for SFY 2020

$2.5 million is available for 9-1-1 grant awards for state fiscal year 2020.  The grant process will begin after January 1, 2020, when a  notice for the application submittal time…
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September 27, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

MT Department of Commerce Seeking Community & Economic Vitality Specialist

The Community Development Division for the Department of Commerce is looking for a Community & Economic Vitality (CEV) Program Specialist with rich experience administering projects to promote and enhance community…
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September 26, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planning Director

Cascade County is seeking a planning director. This position, under the general direction of the Board of County Commissioners is responsible for the administration and supervision of the Cascade County…
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September 25, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Dawson County Seeking Deputy Election Administrator/Clerk & Recorder

Dawson County is seeking a Deputy Election Administrator/Clerk & Recorder. This position is responsible for processing voter registration, assisting with the preparation and conduction of elections, and certifying petitions for…
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September 23, 2019 in State News

Notification Dates for the Creation/Change in a Taxing Jurisdiction, Special District, or TIF District

Local governments must submit formal notification to the department of the creation or change to a taxing jurisdiction or special district by January 1 of the year in which the…
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September 21, 2019 in Obituaries

Larry Scanlan

Larry Scanlan, 82, was called home to join our heavenly father in the evening of Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Larry was born in Fergus, Montana…
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September 20, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Public Works Director

Cascade County is seeking a public works director. This position is under the general direction and with the concurrence of the Board of County Commissioners (County Commissioners), is responsible for…
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September 13, 2019 in State News

Statewide School Mill Levies for Fiscal Year 2020

The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) has finished calculating the number of mills for fiscal year 2020 that the board of county commissioners and other authorized government entities may levy…
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September 12, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Park County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

The Park County Attorney's Office has a rewarding opportunity for a seasoned full-time Prosecutor to join our team as we serve the residents of Park County.
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September 10, 2019 in State News

Calculation of Maximum Mill Levy for Fiscal Year 2020 Statewide Mills

The maximum statewide school equalization levy remains at 95 mills.  The maximum statewide university system levy remains at 6 mills.  The maximum vo-tech mill levy remains at 1.5 mills.
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September 9, 2019 in Obituaries

Bill Dringle

Bill Dringle passed away September 9, 2019, in Ennis, Montana surrounded by his family. He died of complications related to Parkinson’s. He was born March 2, 1938 in Bozeman, Montana…
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September 4, 2019 in Association News

MACo President, Commissioner Jim Hart, Bids Farewell

WOW! The last 3 years as 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and President have been such an amazing experience. I say both “Farewell!” and “Thank You!” for my time…
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September 3, 2019 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Ross Butcher, Fergus County

MACo is a very valuable tool to us, as elected local leaders, to provide support and the resources necessary to help carry out our duties and responsibilities. Should I be…
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September 3, 2019 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Jason Strouf, Custer County

I would be honored to be a part of the team representing the membership of MACo. I will listen to your opinions, suggestions, and comments, and you will be able…
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September 3, 2019 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Roman Zylawy, Mineral County

I want our smaller voice at the county level to be heard and acknowledged by larger government entities while the discussion is happening and before the decisions are made. The…
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September 2, 2019 in Association News

Delegate Assembly Rules & Process for Late, Urgent, or Extraordinary Resolutions

Any resolution or bylaw change from a member district or county not submitted at the District meeting must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee no later than the Sunday before…
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August 30, 2019 in Safety Corner

2019 Recipients of the Governor’s Safety Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Dawson County, the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Safety Achievement Award, as well as to Adam Carlson and Musselshell County, the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Safety Achievement…
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August 29, 2019 in Grants

County & Tribal Crisis Matching Grants & Mobile Crisis Unit Programs

Since 2009, a County Matching Grant program has been in place to address the critical need for crisis intervention and jail diversion in Montana communities.  Through House Bill 328, the…
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August 27, 2019 in County News

Webinar: Public Safety Grade GIS for NG9-1-1, Strategies for Success

Public Safety Grade GIS data required to support NG9-1-1 is fast becoming a reality. Consistent and accurate GIS data is at the core of the NG9-1-1 call routing process. It…
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August 21, 2019 in Employment Opportunities

Sweet Grass County Seeking DES/911 Coordinator

Sweet Grass County is accepting applications for a full time DES/911 Coordinator position.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and familiarity with public emergency services and 911…
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August 16, 2019 in Grants

MT Board of Crime Control Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

The Montana Board of Crime Control cordially invites you to apply for Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) grant funds.
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August 14, 2019 in State News

FY 2019 Mineral Impact Fund Distribution

Montana statute provides that money deposited into the mineral impact account shall be distributed to local governments according to MCA 17-3-240 & 17-3-241. The distribution to eligible counties is based…
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August 13, 2019 in State News

Certification of Values Completed

The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) Property Assessment Division (PAD) has successfully completed its annual requirement to certify taxable values of property. The certified values include mobile homes, personal property…
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August 7, 2019 in State News

INTERCAP Loan Program Update

The INTERCAP Loan Policy has been updated to align with House Bill 299 (Generally revising laws related to improvement district bonds) that became law during the 2019 Legislative Session.
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August 1, 2019 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Alissa Beattie

Alissa Beattie joined MACo's Health Care Trust as Special Projects Coordinator on July 15th.  She has 18 years of cumulative health care experience, working in provider offices, hospital administration, and…
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August 1, 2019 in Safety Corner

Rattlesnake Safety: Tips to Prevent Snake Bites

The chances of being bitten by a rattlesnake in Montana are less than being struck by lightning.  Nevertheless, people traveling in snake country should be aware of the potential danger.
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July 30, 2019 in Risk Sharing

It’s Volunteer Season! Make Sure Your Volunteers Are Reported

It is a busy time of year for counties and it is imperative that everyone is aware of the importance of properly reporting volunteers for workers’ compensation coverage. Volunteers must…
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July 26, 2019 in Grants

Reclamation & Development Grants Program: Planning Grants Available

The DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. Up to $50,000 is available per planning project…
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July 25, 2019 in Obituaries

C. David Gorton

Dave Gorton, 70, died July 23rd in Billings after a brief battle with cancer. Dave won election as the only Democrat on the Yellowstone County Commission in 1981, serving until…
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July 24, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Transportation Committee Report

NACo is encouraging our divided government to unite and develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill to address key priorities that include a fix to reoccurring shortages in the Highway…
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July 23, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Community, Economic and Workforce Development Committee Report

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Community, Economic, and Workforce Development (CEWD) Committee met off site at the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus for the first meeting. The Boulder Highway Campus…
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July 15, 2019 in NACo

NACo’s Western Region Elects Montana Commissioner to NACo Executive Committee

WASHINGTON – At the National Association of Counties (NACo) 84th Annual Conference and Exposition, Cascade County, Mont. Commissioner Joe Briggs was elected to serve on NACo’s Executive Committee as the…
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July 14, 2019 in NACo

NACo 2019 Annual Conference Telecommunications & Technology Committee Report

On Friday July 12, the T&T Steering Committee convened for official business during the NACO Annual Conference. Outside the temperature was in the 105-108 range but inside the facility we…
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July 12, 2019 in National News

Gianforte, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix PILT for Montana Counties

Congressman Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines yesterday introduced the bipartisan Small County Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Parity Act.
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July 12, 2019 in County News

Western Region Day at the White House

This summer the White House is arranging a similar regional event for Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Alaska, which is scheduled for September 10th.    The…
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July 1, 2019 in Grants

$21.5 Million Available Through New Infrastructure Program

Communities and school districts impacted by natural resource development can now apply for a portion of $21.5 million in funds for needed infrastructure investments. The Delivering Local Assistance Program was…
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June 20, 2019 in National News

Department of Interior Disperses $514.7 Million in Funding for Local Communities

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding…
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