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NRCS Offers Wildfire Recovery Funding

Posted Date: 
November 2, 2012
Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

BOZEMAN, Mont., Nov. 2, 2012–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by wildfires throughout Montana.

County Jail Per Diem Workshop

Posted Date: 
October 17, 2012
April Grady, Budget Analyst, Department of Corrections, Budget & Program Planning Bureau

Worksheet  |  Memo/Additional Information

Attached is a memorandum from regarding County Jail Contract renewals and rate calculations. MSPOA, MACo, Cascade and Fergus County Commissions, Department of Justice, Montana Highway Patrol, and the Department of Corrections have been working on this project over the past year.  All parties agreed that is beneficial to provide a consistent method of calculating the per diem rates for county detention centers. 

Montana Absentee Voting

Posted Date: 
October 10, 2012

Absentee voting is underway across Montana.  As of Oct 10th, there were 241,078 absentee ballots sent out of the 666,274 registered voters, or 36.18% of the total.  Yellowstone county has the highest percentage of absentee voters with 55.58% and Wibaux the lowest at 9.5%.

Change in SRS/25-Percent Payment Elections Due Date

Posted Date: 
July 30, 2012
Ralph Franklin, Senior Revenue Analyst, Office of Budget and Program Planning, State of Montana

The Montana Counties' SRS / 25-percent elections have been received.  We have learned today from USDA that the Secretary of Agriculture has established a new  due date for 25-percent payments or SRS payments, elections -- changing the legislation’s August 1 due date to late in September.

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.