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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 Eminent Domain Handbook Available

Posted Date: 
July 10, 2012

The Environmental Policy Office has available the newest edition of its Eminent Domain Handbook. The Environmental Quality Council first produced the handbook after a 1999-2000 study to help citizens better understand the state's eminent domain laws. The 2012 edition reflects changes made to these laws during the last legislative session.

Realty Transfer Certificates Update

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012
Cynthia C. Monteau Moore, Administrator, Property Assessment Division, MT Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue has updated the Realty Transfer Certificate (RTC) pursuant to 2011 legislative action.  The 2011 law requires that the sale price be disclosed on foreclosure-related transactions, so we have expanded sections four and five of the form to better track distressed sales.

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

New EQC Publication - 2012 Permit Index

Posted Date: 
May 24, 2012
Environmental Quality Council

The Environmental Quality Council office has available the latest edition of the Montana Index of Environmental Permits, a reference guide published by the EQC since 1976 that describes the permits and licenses required for activities that affect the state's environment.

Notice of DNRC Public Reform Meetings

Posted Date: 
May 14, 2012
Millie Heffner, Chief, Water Rights Bureau, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (Department) is beginning to explore potential ways to streamline our permitting and change application processes and reduce costs to applicants.  It is important to note that, while we are proposing ways to make the application process simpler, the Department will still ensure that the criteria under 85-2-311 and 85-2-402, MCA are met before issuing a permit or change in appropriation right.  These criteria include that new appropriations or changes to existing water rights will not adversely affect existing water rights.

Your Input Needed - Montana's Conservation Offices of the Future

Posted Date: 
May 10, 2012
Jeffrey Tiberi, Executive Director, Montana Association of Conservation Districts

The Montana Conservation Partnership, comprised of the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD), the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), is seeking your input on what the Field Office of the Future should look like.

OIL…Pitfalls & Preparations From The Veterans - Forum Announcement

Posted Date: 
May 4, 2012

On Monday & Tuesday, May 14th & 15th, the Yogo Inn in Lewistown will be presenting a timely event, entitled “OIL…Pitfalls & Preparations From The Veterans”, of interest to community leaders and other parties from every Montana community west of Sidney, and east of the Rockies.

Updated Water Quality & Water Quantity Handbooks

Posted Date: 
April 25, 2012

The EQC has just published updated copies of two of its citizens guides:  Water Rights in Montana, which explores Montanans' right to use water, and A Guide to Montana Water Quality Regulation, which delves into water quality standards required under the federal Clean Water Act and the state Water Quality Act.

Secretary of State Opinion: Should DNRC Leases be Recorded if Not Notarized?

Posted Date: 
April 12, 2012
Rusty Harper, Deputy, ARM/Notary Services, Montana Secretary of State's Office

We have been receiving inquiries from some clerk and recorders' offices about whether to record Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) leases that have not been notarized.