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Federal Government Reverses Decision on Withholding Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States

Posted Date: 
August 27, 2013
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director, Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Department of Justice

Nearly $2.4 million on its way to Montana

(HELENA)—Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has reversed its decision to withhold Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States.  Earlier this month, Attorney General Fox  joined nine other western states protesting the sequestration of state funds under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA).

National Forest Proposed Action Schedule - 3rd Quarter

Posted Date: 
August 8, 2013

Provided here are the schedules of proposed actions (“SOPA”s) for projects involving National Forests located in Montana, as well as a link to the Forest Service national SOPA page.  The SOPAs are for the current quarter and broken out by Forest.

Montana to Lose $2.5M in Federal Mineral Payments

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2013

HELENA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $2.5 million in federal mineral payments to Montana over the next five months.

Dawson County Sheriff Donates Gift to Glendive Medical Center

Posted Date: 
March 11, 2013
Cindy Uken, Health Care Reporter, Billings Gazette

Glendive Medical Center has received a gift of property valued at more than $500,000 from Dawson County Sheriff Craig J. Anderson and his wife, Deb.

Montana Insurance Verification Memo

Posted Date: 
November 7, 2012
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties & Ronda Wiggers, Lobbyist, Montana County Treasurers Association

Intended Audience:  Montana County Commissioners & Treasurers

Many of you are hearing about a presentation to the treasurers by Brenda Nordlund, Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Division, Montana Department of Justice about the new Montana Insurance Verification System (MITVS).

Updated Secure Rural Schools Act FAQs Title I & Title III

Posted Date: 
September 4, 2012
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

The links contained in this posting contain very valuable information, in particular the allowable uses of Title III County funds.  MACo encourages Commissioners, Clerks, and Sheriffs to read the information on through these links thoroughly to assure your county is in compliance with allowed uses and are following the appropriate processes required.

Bresnan Tax Protest Case

Posted Date: 
July 11, 2012

The Montana Department of Revenue announced today that it has decided to appeal to the Montana Supreme Court a recent District Court decision involving Bresnan Communications' 2010 property tax assessment.

2012 Montana Policy Review Now Online

Posted Date: 
May 29, 2012
Local Government Center

The Spring 2012 issue of the Montana Policy Review is now available online and can be accessed on the Local Government Center website.  To request additional print copies, please contact the Local Government Center at

County Commissioners Declare Support for Coal Exports

Posted Date: 
April 17, 2012
Clair Johnson, Billings Gazette

Letter of Support

Yellowstone County commissioners have denied a request by the Northern Plains Resource Council to seek a place in formal discussions of increased coal train traffic through Billings and its environmental consequences.

Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation for FY 2013

Posted Date: 
April 11, 2012
Todd R. Reveley, Economist, Montana Department of Revenue

Mill Levy Computation Form

The inflation factor for FY 2013 is 1.20%.  Per 15-10-420, MCA, “a governmental entity that is authorized to impose mills may impose a mill levy sufficient to generate the amount of property taxes actually assessed in the prior year plus one-half of the average rate of inflation for the prior 3 years.”