Status quo isn’t good enough for Billings public safety services. Montana’s largest city must improve its police, fire and emergency dispatch services to meet growing demands from residents and visitors.
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.
Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.
City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.
What started out as a simple request — finding out how to update the computer system that runs stoplights that control traffic at one of Billings’ busiest train crossings, at N. 27th Street and Montana Avenue — apparently isn’t as simple as it seems.
Lynda Woods, project coordinator for the city of Billings’ Community Development Department, believes Billings is at a tipping point over its homeless and transient population.
The proposed public safety mill levy will be at the heart of upcoming Billings City Council Community Conversations to be held next month.
Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday. The board had proposed spending about $2.3 million in Park District 1 funds during 2014-15.
Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.
Is it OK for a good worker to be fired because her employer learned she is lesbian?
Last week, The Gazette reported that Billings Library Director Bill Cochran was awaiting a call from Helena to learn whether state regulators will require additional asbestos removal from the shell of the old Billings library.
The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.
City staff is recommending the Billings City Council approve the nondiscrimination ordinance during its Aug. 11 meeting — but delay its enforcement.
City leaders and social service providers are hoping that a summit planned for this fall on dealing with Billings’ homeless and transient population can be informed by success stories in other communities, including San Antonio, Texas, and Reno, Nev.
The public is invited to a series of meetings set for next month that will help shape the Billings Parking Strategic Plan.
After hearing a presentation from City Administrator Tina Volek and also hearing from the public, the Billings City Council voted unanimously Monday on an ordinance to ask voters to decide on a levy to cover public safety needs caused by the community’s anticipated growth over the next 10 years.
A public hearing followed by a council vote on placing the proposed Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot is the final piece of business on Monday’s Billings City Council agenda.
If the Billings City Council decides to place what’s now being called a Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, it’s going to have to hear from the public and vote on the matter twice before the end of July.
With the draft nondiscrimination ordinance as the last item on its agenda tonight, the Billings City Council can expect to hear again from many passionate proponents and opponents. The meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. is a work session where no formal votes will be taken.
When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.