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June 13, 2024 in Association News

2024 Directory of County Officials

The 2023 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available for purchase! For $25 you'll have all the email addresses and phone numbers for every county elected official…
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March 26, 2024 in Association News, County News, Legislative Updates, News, State News

A Letter to the Citizens of Montana

The litigation surrounding SB 442 sought to protect the Legislature’s authority under the Montana Constitution, a right that was violated by the Executive Branch, which in turn required the Judicial…
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February 2, 2024 in County News, Local Government Services, News

FY25 Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation

The inflation factor for FY 2025 appears to be 2.80%, pending official verification of the number by the Montana Department of Revenue, which will come out in early April.
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February 1, 2024 in Association News, News

MACo Welcomes Vera Pederson as Health Care Trust Communications Specialist

Vera Pederson joined the MACo Health Care Trust team on November 9th as the Communications Specialist.
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January 31, 2024 in Association News, News

MACo Welcomes Jake Dennehy as Claims Adjuster

Jake Dennehy joined the MACo PCT Claims Division on October 23rd as a Claims Adjuster.
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January 31, 2024 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Yellowstone County/City of Billings is Seeking to Hire a Planning Division Manager

The City of Billings/ Yellowstone County is seeking to hire a Planning Division Manager. This position is responsible for to direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the City/County Planning Division programs…
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January 16, 2024 in Association News, County News, Legislative Updates, News, State News

Senate Bill 442 District Court Ruling

HELENA – This afternoon, the Lewis & Clark County District Court issued a ruling requiring Governor Greg Gianforte to take the appropriate steps to allow the Montana Legislature to vote…
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January 16, 2024 in County News, Grants, News

The MGIA Grant Program is Now Accepting Applications

The Montana State Library's Geospatial Information Act Grant Program is Accepting Applications until 5:00 p.m. February 29, 2024.
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December 19, 2023 in Association News, News

2024 New Year’s Resolutions & Reminders

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…
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December 14, 2023 in National News, News

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2024

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2024 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving…
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November 21, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Sanders County is Seeking to Hire a 911 Dispatcher

Sanders County is seeking to hire a 911 Dispatcher. The 911 Telecommunicator/Dispatcher is responsible for efficient 911 dispatcher operations for the Sheriff, law enforcement office, and county emergency services. Operates…
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November 21, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Sanders County is Seeking to Hire a Deputy Sheriff

Sanders County is seeking to hire a Deputy Sheriff. The Deputy Sheriff is responsible for performing law enforcement and crime prevention work, including patrolling assigned areas, preserving the peace, serving…
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November 16, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Sanders County is Seeking to Hire a Land Services Director

Sanders County is seeking to hire a Land Services Director. This position is responsible for the Department of Land Services operations, including the establishing of department priorities and completing work…
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November 16, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Sanders County is Seeking to Hire a Public Health Director

Sanders County is seeking to hire a Public Health Director.
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November 14, 2023 in Association News, News

MACo Welcomes Callie Johnson as HCT Account Executive

Account Executive Callie Johnson joined the MACo Health Care Trust team on September 25.
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November 9, 2023 in Association News, News

MACo Welcomes Eric Austad as Technical Support Specialist

Eric Austad joined the MACo Cybersecurity & Technology Division in July as the Technical Support Specialist.
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November 1, 2023 in Association News, County News, News

Closing County Offices/Courthouses on Non-legal Holidays

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…
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October 26, 2023 in Association News, County News, State News

MACo Takes Legal Action in Supreme Court Regarding Mill Levies

HELENA, MT – In an effort to protect Montana property taxpayers while also ensuring schools across the state receive adequate funding, the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is taking legal…
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October 4, 2023 in Association News, County News, State News

MACo Board Responds to Governor’s Missive

HELENA, MT – The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) Board of Directors sent a letter today to Governor Gianforte highlighting several matters of concern in response to his perspective on…
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October 3, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Fallon County is Seeking to Hire a DES & 911 Coordinator

Fallon County is seeking to hire a DES & 911 Coordinator. This position is responsible for disaster planning and mitigation for Fallon County.
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October 3, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County is Seeking a Legal Secretary

Lewis & Clark County is seeking to hire a Legal Secretary II. This position is responsible for providing legal secretarial and clerical support services to attorneys and other legal staff…
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September 13, 2023 in Association News, County News, State News

Montana Counties Seek Transparency in Property Tax Calculations

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…
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August 24, 2023 in Association News

MACo 2nd VP Candidate: Commissioner Gordon Oelkers, Roosevelt County

Roosevelt County Commissioner, Gordon Oelkers, announces candidacy for MACo 2nd VP.
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August 24, 2023 in Association News

MACo Fiscal Officer Candidate: Commissioner Jason Strouf, Custer County

Custer County Commissioner, Jason Strouf, announces candidacy for MACo Fiscal Officer.
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August 23, 2023 in Association News, County News, State News

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

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…
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July 21, 2023 in ARPA, County News, Grants, National News

LATCF Second Tranche Payments Now Available

The second tranche payment from the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF) is now available for eligible revenue sharing counties. U.S. Treasury made first tranche payments available starting on…
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July 5, 2023 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

2023 Changes to Exemptions from Subdivision Review

In this video Kelly Lynch from Montana League of Cities and Towns and Tara DePuy and Karen Alley from the Montana Association of Counties review changes to exemptions from subdivision…
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July 5, 2023 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

2023 Changes to Both County & City Zoning

In this video, Kelly Lynch from Montana League of Cities and Towns and Tara DePuy and Karen Alley from Montana Association of Counties review changes to both county and city…
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July 5, 2023 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

2023 Changes to Subdivision Review

In this video, Kelly Lynch from Montana League of Cities and Towns and Tara DePuy and Karen Ally from Montana Association of Counties review changes to subdivision review with which…
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June 30, 2023 in County News

Montana Property Taxes Explained

MACo encourages members to understand the facts about local government property tax.
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June 30, 2023 in ARPA, County News, Grants, National News

Guidance for the Local Assistance & Tribal Consistency Fund

Read the guidance from the US Treasury on the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF). Treasury has defined this funding as a general revenue program that provides additional assistance…
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June 26, 2023 in County News, National News, News, State

Montana to Receive $628 Million to Expand Broadband Access

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s (NTIA) has announced a total of $42.45 billion will be granted under the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.
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June 7, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Seeks Clarification on Governor’s Veto

HELENA, MT – The Montana Association of Counties (“MACo”) filed suit today to compel Governor Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen to fulfill their constitutional obligations and allow…
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May 30, 2023 in Association News, District Meetings

MACo Districts 1, 2 & 3 Meeting

Districts 1, 2 & 3 will convene June 11, 2024 in Richland County, Montana.
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May 30, 2023 in Association News, District Meetings

MACo Districts 4 & 5 Meeting

Districts 4 & 5 will convene June 13, 2024 in Hill County, Montana.
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May 30, 2023 in Association News, District Meetings

MACo Districts 6 & 7 Meeting

Districts 6 & 7 will convene June 12, 2024 in Winnett, Montana.
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May 30, 2023 in Association News, District Meetings

MACo Districts 8, 9 & 12 Meeting

Districts 8, 9 & 12 will convene June 19th, 2024 in Gallatin County, Montana.
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May 30, 2023 in Association News, District Meetings

MACo Districts 10 & 11 Meeting

Districts 10 & 11 will convene June 14, 2024 in Polson, Montana.
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May 1, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 15 – May 1, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! It’s Monday. It’s the morning. And it’s now May. There is no happiness…nope…not one single ounce of happy anything…with only five days remaining in the…
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April 24, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 14 – April 24, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! Happy Monday! It is Monday, right? Hard to tell since every Legislative Day (LD) feels like a Monday, and the closer we get to the…
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April 16, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 13 – April 16, 2023

Well hello Week...whatever Week you are...have you seen my shoes? No? How about my jeep keys? No? My vacuum-sealed, double-walled, burn-my-lips, keep-my-coffee-hot-forever, travel mug? No? Hmmmm... If you too have…
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April 10, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12 – April 10, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! The Legislature is Easter Break’ing today, and because we (meaning I) sleep when the baby sleeps, there will be no long diatribe nor informational rant…
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April 4, 2023 in County News, Local Government Services

FY 24 Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation

Read All News Published April 3, 2023   The inflation factor for FY 2024 is 2.46%. Per 15-10-420, MCA, “a governmental entity that is authorized to impose mills may impose…
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April 4, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Lincoln County is Seeking to Hire an Elections Administrator

Read All News Published April 4, 2023 Position Details Position Title: Elections Administrator County: Lincoln Department: Clerk & Recorder's Office Salary or Pay Rate: $30.05 after 6 months $30.67 Closing…
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April 3, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11 – April 3, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! This week marks week 1 of the last month of the 68th Legislative Session, and as always, big things are happening, including HB 2 (the…
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March 27, 2023 in Association News, County News

MACo Announces New Cybersecurity Initiative

MACo is pleased to announce a new cybersecurity initiative being offered to our membership and introduce Karli King as the Program Coordinator. In order to launch this member benefit we…
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March 26, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10 – March 26, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! How are you? Doing well? Have a nice weekend? Did ya get outside and enjoy all the…outside? I can’t really remember what’s out there…but I…
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March 19, 2023 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9 – March 19, 2023

Well, hey there MACo Folks! I’m back. It’s been two weeks since I last visited, so where and when are we in the time and space of Legislative Land? Well,…
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March 15, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Cascade County is Seeking to Hire a Payroll Specialist

Cascade County is Seeking to Hire a Payroll Specialist.
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March 15, 2023 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Cascade County is Seeking to Hire a Grant Writer

Cascade County is Seeking to Hire a Grant Writer.
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