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August 7, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Townhall Focuses on COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions as well as Census & General Election Directive

On August 7th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 6, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Counties Allowed the Choice to Conduct Mail Ballot Election & Expand Early Voting for November General Election

Governor Bullock today (August 6th) issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail…
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July 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Continuing to Answer Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 24th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Requiring Face Coverings in Certain Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Gatherings

On July 15th Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active…
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July 10, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Answering Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 10th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 2, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Plan Released for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana

On July 2nd, the Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana was released to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in…
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July 1, 2020 in Association News

MACo Launches Mobile App

After several years fielding requests, the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is eager to announce that we are now offering a mobile application.
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June 29, 2020 in County News, National News

FY 2020 PILT Payments Distributed

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)…
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June 17, 2020 in Association News

MACo Awards 2020 President’s Scholarships

MACo President and Richland County Commissioner, Shane Gorder, has announced that Allyson Young, Everett Jensen, and Mason Mindt are the awardees of the 2020 MACo President’s Scholarships.
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June 12, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Local Government Reimbursement Program Update & Answering Your Questions

On June 12th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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June 11, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Deputy County Attorney – Civil Department

Cascade County is currently seeking to fill the position of Deputy County Attorney (Civil Department). This position acts as general counsel for Cascade County and serves as legal advisor to…
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June 10, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

Lewis & Clark County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney. Under the general direction of the County Attorney, this position prosecutes criminal and civil offenses, represents county government in legal…
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June 10, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Fallon County Seeking Shop Foreman

Fallon County is currently seeking to fill the position of Shop Foreman. This position works for the Road Department under the direct supervision of the Road Superintendent. This is a…
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June 5, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants, State News

Local Government Reimbursement Program Created

The Local Government Reimbursement Program is now open.  Reimbursement is available to local governments as part of the CARES Act and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant…
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June 3, 2020 in County News, National News, State News

Montana 2020 Census: Fill Out Your Form!

With the Census continuing until October, the State Complete Count Committee is closely tracking Montana’s response rates down to the Census tract level. Read this article to view a highlight…
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May 29, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Update on CARES Act Reimbursements

On May 29th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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May 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, NACo

Ravalli County Commissioner, Greg Chilcott, Elected President of WIR

Ravalli County Commissioner, Greg Chilcott, took up the presidential reins of NACo’s Western Interstate Region (WIR) on May 13th during a remote WIR Board Meeting.  The Officers were scheduled to…
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May 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Millions Available in Emergency Grants Via Montana Programs

The state has created a single application portal for emergency grants funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided Montana with $1.25 billion for…
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May 22, 2020 in Association News, County News

MACo’s Annual Salary Survey Completed: Results Available for Download

Every year, MACo collects county elected official salary information from the current fiscal year (FY 2020) for use by counties in the budget-setting process for the next fiscal year (FY…
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May 21, 2020 in Coronavirus, NACo

National Association of Counties (NACo) to Hold Virtual Annual Business Meeting

The National Association of Counties’ Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the NACo Annual Conference and proceed with a virtual Annual Business Meeting, which will include the…
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May 21, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

CISA, IRS, USSS, and Treasury Release Joint Alert on Scams Related to COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) urge all Americans to be on…
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May 19, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Phase Two of Reopening Planned to Begin on June 1st

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1…
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May 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

On Friday, May 15th, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for…
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May 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

TSEP Application Submission Guidance Presentation

An application submission guidance presentation has been posted on the TSEP webpage for applicants applying by the Friday, June 12, 2020 deadline.
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May 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

CDBG Grant Application Deadlines

Grant applications for three Community Development Block Grant programs, managed by the Department of Commerce, are now being accepted.
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May 13, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus

Upcoming 2020 District Meetings

Given these unprecedented times, and after MUCH discussion, we have come to the difficult decision that this year’s district meetings will be virtual as opposed to in-person. The annual trip…
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May 13, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

TSEP Application Deadline Extended

Due to the repercussions of COVID-19, the Montana Department of Commerce has received many public comments expressing concern over the May 1, 2020 TSEP Construction application deadline. Commerce has: (1)…
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May 8, 2020 in County News, Grants

Livestock Loss Board Loss Prevention Grants

Apply now for livestock loss prevention grants. The Livestock Loss Board has $80,000 available for wolf only loss prevention projects. Limited money will be available for grizzly bear loss prevention…
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May 8, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force Update & Outcomes

The second session in our series of townhalls focused on the Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force.  MACo Executive Director, Eric Bryson, reported on the progress and guidance that came…
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May 7, 2020 in County News, Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Prevention Services Division Manager

Cascade County is currently seeking a Prevention Services Division Manager. This position performs administrative, supervisory and technical duties in planning, coordinating and implementing the Prevention Services Division chronic and communicable…
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May 1, 2020 in County News, Grants

Second Opportunity for Mobile Crisis Unit Grant

The Department of Public Health and Human Services, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD), recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Mobile Crisis Unit Grant; however, the the…
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April 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau…
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April 29, 2020 in Association News, County News

Letter from Our MACo President

I am writing you all to say hello and to wish you, your family, and friends all well in these uncertain times. Thank you to all the counties and their…
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April 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

COVID-19 Department of Revenue Property Assessment Updates

The Property Assessment Division (PAD) staff, for the most part is still working remotely. PAD does have a limited number of people working in offices where the space allows for…
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April 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News

Letter from MACo Fiscal Officer Calling for Full Funding of SRS & PILT

County governments across Montana and the nation face budget shortfalls as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is no surprise when local small businesses and the agriculture industry struggle…
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April 24, 2020 in Obituaries

Benno Michael Ober

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Benno Michael Ober, age 76. Benno died suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home on April 24, 2020. He was…
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April 23, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News

Montana Commissioner Townhall Recording

On April 23rd, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual "townhall" to provide Montana’s County Commissions with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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April 23, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

Communicating During the Coronavirus Pandemic

On April 23rd, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s County Commissioners with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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April 22, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Issues Directive to Reopen Montana in Phases

Today, April 22nd, the Governor’s Office announced their Reopening Montana Phased Approach and Guidelines.  Linked below is the directive (please read) as well as the guideline documents.  It is of…
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April 22, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News

Treasury Issues Guidance: Coronavirus Relief Fund

On April 22nd, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin released guidance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund (Section 5001 of the CARES Act).
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April 21, 2020 in County News, State News

Webinar: Tips & Tricks for RDG Project Grants

Are you looking for advice on your RDG project grant application?  Do you have questions on your application?  Join this webinar hosted by DNRC's RDG Program!
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April 17, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News

Fourth COVID-19 Funding Package

Yesterday, the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program also dried up. This is putting mounting pressure on Congress to pass another COVID-19…
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April 16, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Bullock Announces Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force

Governor Bullock has announced the establishment of a Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force to provide guidance and advice on how to best use $1.25 billion appropriated to Montana through the…
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April 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants

COVID-19 Grant Opportunity for Behavioral Health Crisis Response

The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services is seeking to disperse funding to counties to help meet the behavioral health crisis needs caused and exacerbated by COVID-19.
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April 14, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Report Analyzes COVID-19 Cases in Montana

Governor Steve Bullock today released a report produced by state epidemiologists examining 377 cases of COVID-19 in Montana that helps the state understand who is impacted by the new virus,…
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April 13, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, National News

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19…
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April 13, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

Montana’s Counties Need Help

HELENA, MT – Local Government is at the front lines of the COVID-19 response, including our law enforcement, health departments, health officers, county-owned medical facilities, and through our work with…
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April 10, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

First Responder Directive Guidance

During the DOJ Public Safety call on April 9th, Governor Bullock clarified the intent of his First Responder Directive. His intent is to ENSURE all first responders, including law enforcement,…
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April 10, 2020 in County News, Local Government Services

FY 2021 Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation

The inflation factor for FY 2020 is 1.05%.  Per 15-10-420, MCA, “a governmental entity that is authorized to impose mills may impose a mill levy sufficient to generate the amount of…
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April 7, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Extends Directives & Announces Measures Regarding Local Government & First Responders

Governor Steve Bullock today (April 7th) extended COVID-19 related directives through April 24th and announced measures to protect first responders and support local governments.
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