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Posted August 27, 2018

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUDGET

The Missoula Board of County Commissioners (Jean Curtiss, Dave Strohmaier and “Cola” Rowley) gave their approval to the County’s final budget for FY2019 following a public hearing on Thursday afternoon, August 24. Final spreadsheets were distributed as the meeting started and as Chief Financial Officer Andrew Czorny began his presentation. 

The last-minute updates reflect a one-time payment of $502,781 from the City.  The payment is a remittance of Tax Increment Funds (TIF) from a component unit of the City – the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA).  This one-time transfer occurred because City officials over-estimated tax valuations and were caught off guard on August 3 when state-certified valuations turned out to be lower than the City had expected.  State law requires any TIF remittances be allocated to all impacted taxing jurisdictions.  So, the City’s fiscal action has resulted in windfalls to Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS), the County, and the Missoula Urban Transportation District (Mountain Line).

The Commissioners chose to use 60% of the $502,781 remittance to reduce property taxes and 40% for future replacement and refurbishment of County buildings and other capital assets. 

THE COUNTY BUDGET-IN-BRIEF

From July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the County plans to spend $183.7 million.

Here are the “big five” funds (with their associated revenue source):

  • Public Safety (Sheriff)  $29.9 million

($11.2 million from property tax revenues)

  • Partnership Health Center $28.4 million

($28.4 million from fed/state transfers to the County. No property taxes.)

  • General Fund $20.4 million

($9.2 from property tax)

  • Library Bond Construction $18.2 million

($27.5 million from bond proceeds, repaid over time by property taxes.)

  • Employee Health Insurance $11.8 million

($11.8 from property tax using a unique, permissible mill levy on property owners.)

In all, the County plans to raise a total $48.2 million from property taxpayersby using mill levies:

  • Parks, Trails and Open Space assessments $3.4 million
  • County-Wide mill levies $41.1 million
  • County-Only (outside City limits) mill levies $3.7 million

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