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FY2019 Montana Land Information Act Grant Application Package

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2018
Erin Fashoway, State GIS Coordinator, Montana State Library

In accordance with the Montana Land Information Act (MLIA), the Montana State Library administers an annual grant program to distribute accumulated funds from the Montana Land Information Account, established by MLIA. Grant criteria are established based on the original intent of the MLIA and the goals and objectives of the annual Montana Land Information Plan.

MEMO: Courthouse Closures on Non-Legal Holidays

Brian Hopkins, MACo General Counsel & Personnel Services

To:  All County Elected Officials

MACo has been asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed on the day of Christmas Eve, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, or any other day not specified as a holiday.  For all of the County offices headed by elected officials, the short answer is No, with the notable exception of the County Commissioners’ office.

County FY 2018 Federal Mineral Royalty Distribution

ATTN: Montana Commissioners, Clerk & Recorders, and Treasurers
Posted Date: 
August 15, 2017

Linked above is an Excel spreadsheet showing the Federal Mineral Royalty Payment amounts for FY-2018 (payment disbursed August 15, 2017).  In accordance with Federal Law, this money is paid to the state treasurer to be distributed to counties that are socially or economically impacted by the development of minerals leased.  This money is to be used for planning, construction and maintenance of public facilities and provisions of public service.

MACo Endorses eConnectDirect

An Essential Solution for Members to Manage Their Fixed-Income Investment Needs
John Coban, Senior Vice President, Multi-Bank Secrities, Inc.

The Montana Association of Counties in its continued partnership with the National Association of Counties and their Financial Services Corporation is pleased to endorse eConnectDirect® as an essential solution for members to manage their fixed-income investment needs. This proprietary tool, developed by Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. (MBS), gives county treasurers visibility to thousands of fixed-income offerings in a market with little transparency. It arms investors with the necessary tools and confidence to select and transact with the fixed-income marketplace.

Waters of the US Final Rule: Legislative & Legal Options

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2015
Deborah Cox, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo has received many questions recently regarding potential next steps once the final Waters of the U.S. rule is published. The purpose of this document is to explore some of the options, both legislative and legal. This document is in no way intended to serve as a recommendation or endorsement by NACo of any particular action.

Montana and 12 Other States Challenge New EPA & Corps of Engineers Regulation

Posted Date: 
June 29, 2015
Montana Department of Justice

Counties, farmers, ranchers, other groups support multi-state legal challenge

HELENA – Today Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the new regulation broadly expanding the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The case was filed in the U.S. district court for the District of North Dakota.

Montana Newspaper Association Launches New Public Notice Website

Posted Date: 
October 16, 2014
Jim Rickman, Executive Director, Montana Newspaper Association (MNA)

Public notices – the means by which government announces day-to-day activities important to citizens – are now easier than ever to find, thanks to a new statewide website supported by member newspapers of the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA).

Secretary Jewell Announces $436.9 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

Posted Date: 
June 18, 2014
U.S. Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $436.9 million under the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. 

Urgent: DOR Meeting to Discuss SB 56

Posted Date: 
May 13, 2014
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

Important Notice to Montana County Commissioners and Treasurers

There will be a meeting held June 17 in Helena to discuss the policy and technical aspects regarding DOR wanting counties to assume the responsibility of entering "fee-based specials."

NACo Action Alert: New "Waters of the U.S." Definition Released, Counties Urged to Comment

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2014
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Counties are strongly encouraged to submit written comments on potential impacts of the proposed regulation to the Federal Register

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule — Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act — that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.