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September 21, 2021 in Association News

MACo President, Commissioner Doug Martens, Bids Farewell

My time as President of MACo is coming to an end. It was an experience I will never forget. There are so many thank you's in order--I can’t even begin…
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September 3, 2021 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Ross Butcher, Fergus County

MACo is a very valuable tool to us, as elected local leaders, to provide support and the resources necessary to help carry out our duties and responsibilities. Should I be…
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September 3, 2021 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Sidney Fitzpatrick, Big Horn County

I will be dedicated to MACo and will work to bring cooperation and diversity with other counties to ensure integrity in the 2nd Vice President position. I would respectfully serve…
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September 3, 2021 in Association News

MACo Fiscal Officer Candidate: Commissioner Mike McGinley, Beaverhead County

MACo is the glue that gives the counties their collective power. Involvement by commissioners is the strength of MACo. I have always believed that if you belong to any organization,…
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September 1, 2021 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Sandra Marks as HCT Senior Account Executive

Help us in welcoming a new addition to our team! Sandra Marks has joined the MACo Health Care Trust as their new Senior Account Executive.
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August 23, 2021 in Association News, County News

Deadline Approaching for Counties to Submit Fiscal Recovery Fund Reports to U.S. Treasury

Counties that receive funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund are required to meet compliance and reporting responsibilities. On August 31, both the Interim Report and the Recovery…
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August 20, 2021 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 Art Pembroke as the Program Coordinator. In order to launch this member benefit we…
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August 5, 2021 in Grants

Grants Available: Renewable Resource Grant & Loan Program

The DNRC Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) is accepting planning grant applications. Planning grants are available to government entities for planning activities which lead to an RRGL program…
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August 1, 2021 in County News

Montana Association of Planners 2021 Conference

The 2021 Montana Association of Planners Conference will be held in Missoula, Montana at the Holiday Inn Downtown from Monday, September 13, through Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
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July 27, 2021 in County News, National News

USDA Invests $1 Million for Montana Rural Economic Development

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Montana Acting State Director Jake Ceartin today announced that USDA is investing $1 million to support rural economic development in Montana.
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July 24, 2021 in Grants

Grants Available: Reclamation & Development Grants Program

DNRC Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is now accepting applications for RDGP Planning Grants to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects. Up to $50,000 is available per…
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July 19, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Broadwater County Seeking Building/Maintenance Supervisor

Broadwater County is a seeking a highly motivated individual for a Full-Time Building/Maintenance Supervisor. This position is responsible for managing the maintenance of county-owned buildings and grounds.
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July 16, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

July 16th: Recent Land Use Changes

During our eleventh Virtual Townhall of 2021, we focused primarily on land use changes made during the 2021 legislative session. We also continued to answer ARPA and other local government…
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July 6, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Sanders County Seeking Deputy County Attorney

Sanders County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney. This is a full-time position that performs legal duties of a criminal nature and civil nature for the County Attorney.
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July 1, 2021 in Association News, County News, State News

Changes to the Montana Wrongful Discharge Act

The Montana Legislature made significant changes to the Montana Wrongful Discharge Act (WDEA) during the 2021 Legislative Session that became effective April 1, 2021. The changes made the law more…
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June 24, 2021 in Association News, County News, National News, State

FY 2021 PILT Payments Distributed

The 2021 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments were made on or about June 24, 2021, to more than 1,900 local government entities across the United States. On December…
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June 22, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Lewis & Clark County Seeking Information Technology & Services Director

Lewis and Clark County is hiring an Information Technology & Services Director. Under general administrative direction of the Chief Administration Officer and the City Manager, this position manages and directs…
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June 18, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

June 18th: Digging Deeper into ARPA

On June 18th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with timely updates as well as a venue and opportunity to share and…
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June 15, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Planner

Cascade County is seeking a Planner. This position performs routine and complex administrative, technical, and professional work in planning programs for the County related to the development and implementation of…
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June 5, 2021 in Coronavirus, National News

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The latest COVID-19 relief package, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, provides $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, program changes and tax policies aimed at mitigating…
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June 4, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

June 4th: Answering Your ARPA Questions

On June 4th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with timely updates as well as a venue and opportunity to share and…
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June 1, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 17 – June 1, 2021

Hi, hello, how are ya? It’s been a hot minute since I last graced the interface of your selected internet-capable device. Where have I been? Nowhere. Recuperating. Recovering. Sleeping. Thinking…Thinking…
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June 1, 2021 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

2021 Sanitation in Subdivision Bills AND Part 1 & Part 2 Zoning Bills

On June 1st, MACo and the Montana League of Cities & Towns (MLCT) provided training and updates on sanitation in subdivision bills as well as Part 1 and Part 2…
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May 25, 2021 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

SB 161 (2021) – An Act Allowing Certain Subdivisions to Qualify for an Expedited Review

On May 25th, MACo and the Montana League of Cities & Towns (MLCT) provided training and updates on SB 161 from Montana's 2021 Legislative Session, which generally revised subdivision laws.
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May 25, 2021 in County News, National News

Missoula County Earns National Achievement Award for Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

The National Association of Counties (NACo) named Missoula County as a recipient of a 2021 Achievement Award in recognition of the county’s effort to establish the Big Sky Passenger Rail…
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May 18, 2021 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

HB 450 (2021) – An Act Revising Laws Related to Divisions of Land Exempt from Subdivision Review

On May 11th, MACo and the Montana League of Cities & Towns (MLCT) provided training and updates on SB 174 from Montana's 2021 Legislative Session, which revised laws related to…
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May 14, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

May 14th: Sine Die & Continuing the ARPA Discussion

On May 14th, 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 12, 2021 in County News

Additional FY 2020 Mineral Impact Fund Distribution

Mineral Leasing Act (MLA, 30 U.S.C. 191) payments were sequestered under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA) by the federal government for our state FY…
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May 11, 2021 in Association News, Land Use Training, Legislative Updates

SB 174 (2021) – An Act Revising Laws Related to the Review & Approval of a Subdivision

On May 11th, MACo and the Montana League of Cities & Towns (MLCT) provided training and updates on SB 174 from Montana's 2021 Legislative Session, which revised laws related to…
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April 25, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 16 – April 25, 2021

The whispers are no longer just words lost in all that hot air accumulated under the Dome—Senate President Blasdel has proclaimed from high atop his pulpit that they could adjourn…
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April 23, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

April 23rd: Nearing the End of Session & Continuing the ARPA Discussion

On April 23rd, 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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April 19, 2021 in County News, Local Government Services

FY 2022 Inflation Factor for Mill Levy Calculation

The inflation factor for FY 2022 is 0.93%.  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 18, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 15 – April 18, 2021

Last week was a whirlwind of a wild and weird Legislative week. Is that new? No. Is it expected? Yes. So, who cares? You do. And I’ll tell you why…
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April 11, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 14 – April 11, 2021

HELENA—Tomorrow, Monday, April 12th, is Legislative Day (LD) 69. That means there are 21 LDs remaining, equating to roughly 1 month/4 weeks/100 bajillion hours until Sine Die. (But who’s counting?)…
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April 9, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

April 9th: Legislative Updates & Continuing the ARPA Discussion

On April 9th, 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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April 5, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 13 – April 5, 2021

Happy Day After Easter! Yes, I’m back in your inbox reporting from your usual digi device, disrupting your holiday with yet another fun-filled update. I know what you’re thinking, “Shantil,…
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March 28, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12 – March 28, 2021

The Legislature is a real mover and shaker right now. Firstly, HB 2 (the State budget bill) will be heard in the Senate Finance & Claims Committee tomorrow, March 29th…
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March 26, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

March 26th: Special Guest Speakers, Legislative Updates & ARPA Discussion

On March 26th, 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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March 21, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11 – March 21, 2021

Last week’s meanderings had so many true facts it didn’t feel like the legislative session. So, this week, we’ll be bringing ourselves back into Legislative Land and focusing on some…
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March 14, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10 – March 14, 2021

Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in . . . Welcome to this week’s legislative meanderings and Legislative Update, both of which are entirely based on…
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March 12, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

March 12th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates & Talks About the American Rescue Plan (ARP)

On March 12th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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March 8, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9 – March 8, 2021

Hi. Hey. How are ya? It’s Monday. Yes. Monday. So, this is not the usual Sunday update but a Monday update instead. However, in my time—Legislative Time—it’s still Sunday and…
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February 21, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 8 – February 21, 2021

Where and when are we in the time and space of Legislative Land? Well, we are still in Helena. Some of us are in home-offices on Zoom and/or streaming hearings.…
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February 19, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

February 19th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 6 & 7 of the 67th Legislative Session

On February 19th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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February 14, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 7 – February 14, 2021

Helena – Week 7. Hi, hello, how are ya? I bet you just love that I’m gracing your inbox on Valentine’s Day, especially when Monday is a federal holiday and…
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February 7, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 6 – February 7, 2021

Helena – Well hello Week 6, 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 . . .
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February 5, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

February 5th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 4 & 5 of the 67th Legislative Session

On February 5th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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January 31, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 5 – January 31, 2021

Helena – Welcome to week five of the 67th Legislative Session! Holy cannoli folks, we are ONE MONTH IN and one month down. It’s been . . . an adventure.…
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January 24, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 4 – January 24, 2021

HELENA - Legislative week four, here we come . . . It is week four, right? One month into the session is about the time when regular time starts to…
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January 22, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

January 22nd: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 2 & 3 of the 67th Legislative Session

On January 22nd, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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