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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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Conclusion & Additional Guidance for Cycle 5 of the Local Government CARES Reimbursement Program

By Coronavirus, County News, State News

On November 30th, DOA announced changes from the Governor’s Office to the CARES Local Government Reimbursement Program, which are effective immediately with the 5th reimbursement cycle.  Certain expenses that local governments have already budgeted for—and without a direct or substantial nexus to COVID-19 relief—will not be eligible for reimbursement in the final round (November 1st – December 30th).  Eligible expenses are subject to availability of funds.

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