When the Montana Legislature meets in January, I hope it wisely opts to provide our cities with more flexibility to make fiscal decisions such as empowering residents with a greater say over how they are taxed locally.
Jim Markel, of Red Oxx Manufacturing, is shown with some of the products made by the company at 310 N. 13th St. He is opposed to a local option sales tax, saying it may drive away out-of-state customers and potential developers as well as creating a tax-collection burden.
At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking up his prices if the money comes back to his community.
In an election with 35,191 votes cast, the Billings public safety levy fell 1,027 votes short on Tuesday.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A sales tax approved by Williams County residents to provide money for public safety in the rapidly growing oil patch region should generate tens of millions of dollars annually, though not everyone is excited about its passage.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Sales tax revenue collections are up in and around Jackson this summer.
The Natrona County 1-Cent Committee has raised $2,500 in the early going of its fundraising campaign to get out the vote for the optional 1-cent sales tax, according to committee treasurer Lacy Crowder.
Crews work on the back end of the engine bays at the new Casper Fire Station No. 2 in early April in Casper. The new station, on South Coffman Street near Wyoming Boulevard, is being constructed in part with money from the optional 1-cent sales tax funds.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne city officials are proposing spending nearly $900,000 in excess sales tax revenue on roadway landscaping and energy efficiency.
CASPER, Wyo. — Casper and Natrona County officials hope that voter rejection of a bond issue for school improvements doesn't mean the optional 1-cent county sales tax will be in trouble when it comes up for renewal in November.
GILLETTE, Wyo. — Communities in northeast Wyoming want a survey to find out how citizens want Gillette, Wright and Campbell County to spend Optional 1 Percent Sales Tax money.
JACKSON, Wyo. — Here's a good sign for the economy in northwest Wyoming: Revenue from local sales taxes is surging in Jackson.
Montana has the seventh-best tax climate for businesses in the 50 states, according to the 2014 ratings released recently by the Tax Foundation.
Tax competition is an unpleasant reality for state revenue and budget officials, but it is an effective restraint on state and local taxes.
State Attorney General Tim Fox is teaming up with his counterparts in two other states without sales taxes to fight the Internet sales tax bill before the U.S. House.
HELENA — State Attorney General Tim Fox is teaming up with his counterparts in two other states without sales taxes to fight the Internet sales tax bill before the U.S. House.
CASPER, Wyo. — Millennials are taking to Facebook to protest a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
WASHINGTON — You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes.
RIVERTON — People are paying higher sales taxes in at least two Wyoming counties to raise money for construction projects.
JACKSON — A state lawmaker from Jackson is proposing some changes to Wyoming's tipping laws.