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2024 New Year’s Resolutions & Reminders

By Association News, News

Reviewing certain county duties and requirements is good practice, and the first Commission meeting in January is the perfect time to adopt policies and set guidelines for the year. You know what that means? It’s time once again for MACo’s annual “New Year’s Resolutions & Reminders!” Click the link button below to access our laundry list of important notices that will help you tee up 2024 in a nice, smooth, organized, and completely uneventful manner (or so we hope, given all the adventures–i.e., challenges–the last few years have provided!).

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Closing County Offices/Courthouses on Non-legal Holidays

By Association News, County News, News

MACo is consistently asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or any other day not specified as a legal holiday in state statute. For all County offices headed by elected officials, with the notable exception of the County Commissioners’ office, the answer is “no.” However, County offices and operations not enumerated in MCA 7-4-2211 (i.e.; the Commissioners’ office and various departments) may be closed. Further explanation follows.

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Montana Counties Seek Transparency in Property Tax Calculations

By Association News, County News, State News

HELENA, MT – Montana’s counties are taking a proactive stance on property tax concerns by formally requesting clarity and accountability from the Montana Department of Revenue (DOR). In letters addressed to the Department, Beaverhead, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Lincoln, Missoula, Park, and Ravalli counties have asked that DOR provide the calculation limiting the State’s 95 statewide mills, as well as identification of who is responsible for authorizing property tax increases beyond the statutory limitations.

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MACo Fully Supports County’s Request for Opinion on Statewide Property Tax Levies

By Association News, County News, State News

HELENA, MT – In response to growing concerns regarding property tax increases resulting from high residential reappraisals, Beaverhead County has officially reached out to Montana Attorney General, Austin Knudsen, seeking an opinion on the interpretation of laws related to property tax levies. Their request is supported by the Montana Association of Counties (MACo), demonstrating a unified concern amongst county officials across the state.

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