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Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

While officials with the Montana Department of Revenue threw a lot of numbers around during a presentation on the state’s upcoming reappraisal cycle Tuesday morning, one preliminary figure will be of interest to local homeowners: Next year property tax bills could go down by about 1.5 percent.

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Gazette opinion: A taxing decision for Billings voters

Gazette opinion: A taxing decision for Billings voters

City finance director Pat Weber gave Billings good news Monday when he recommended a 2014 total property tax levy that is 10.58 mills less than last year.

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Gazette opinion: Public needs more information on safety levy

Gazette opinion: Public needs more information on safety levy

On Monday night, Billings City Council plans to start the process of asking voters for an increase in property taxes to support police and fire services.

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Farmers lose tax lawsuit against state

Montana farmers have lost their class action lawsuit accusing the state of jumping the gun on tax increases.

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Charter gets OK to circulate ballot measure

HELENA — Charter Communications on Tuesday cleared its last hurdle to begin gathering signatures for a ballot measure intended to reverse a large property tax increase on the company.

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State sides with Missoula on water utility taxes

MISSOULA — The Montana Department of Revenue says Mountain Water Co. is still responsible for paying its taxes while the city of Missoula seeks to take over the water and supply distribution company.

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SD2 gets deal on bond sale, taxpayers to save millions

Taxpayers in School District 2 will pay less for the $122 million bond approved in November after the first series of bonds sold Tuesday with a lower interest rate than expected.

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Tax Foundation: Montana ranks 7th best in tax climate

Montana has the seventh-best tax climate for businesses in the 50 states, according to the 2014 ratings released recently by the Tax Foundation.

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Supreme Court upholds 6-year reappraisal cycle

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a district judge and upheld the legality of the state’s six-year reappraisal cycle for residential property, even when property values decline during the period.

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Tax error shorts Butte school district $700K

BUTTE — If you think you scored a big break on your property taxes in 2013, enjoy it while you can.

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Revenue director outlines reappraisal schedule

HELENA — State Revenue Director Mike Kadas on Thursday gave an interim legislative committee an update of Montana’s next reappraisal of residential and commercial property and a preview of some trends.

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Mill levies prevail in SD2 election; Wardell loses

Mill levies prevail in SD2 election; Wardell loses

In a decisive victory, Billings voters approved School District 2's $1 million general fund levy and $1.2 million technology levy.

May 07, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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Election results tally up in school districts across county

In addition to Billings, elections were held across the region.

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Supreme Court: CHS dispute must go through tax appeal process

Supreme Court: CHS dispute must go through tax appeal process

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state Revenue Department in a property tax dispute with CHS Inc.

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One Montana tax simplification bill survives

One Montana tax simplification bill survives

HELENA -- Only one income tax simplification bill survived Monday, although its Senate sponsor was not happy with a series of House committee amendments that boost the costs of his bill.

April 15, 2013 9:30 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Let's work together in supporting elementary school levies

Billings School District 2 trustees voted unanimously 7-0 to put an initiative on a May ballot to approve a mill levy for the sole purpose of hiring teachers to address the overcrowding and accreditation issues facing our schools. The Billings Chamber of Commerce/CVB board of directors voted…

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Montana House panel advances much-changed, scaled-back school-funding bill

Montana House panel advances much-changed, scaled-back school-funding bill

HELENA — The House Education Committee on Wednesday advanced the session’s major school-funding bill, but not before making major changes that reduced its cost and removed provisions that would reduce local school property taxes.

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SD2 finalizes vote to seek tech levy

School District 2 trustees have voted 4-3 to place on the May ballot a technology levy for SD2's elementary and middle schools. 

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House OKs 2 GOP measures to cut property taxes; Bullock plans languish

House OKs 2 GOP measures to cut property taxes; Bullock plans languish

HELENA — The Montana House on Wednesday approved two Republican-sponsored bills that would cut millions of dollars in property taxes on businesses and homeowners.

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Sweeping school-funding bill advances in Senate after lengthy debate

Sweeping school-funding bill advances in Senate after lengthy debate

HELENA — The Montana Senate endorsed a sweeping, controversial school-funding bill Friday that ups state money for public schools while also cutting local school property taxes across the state.

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