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Gazette opinion: Breaking down Billings public safety revenues

Gazette opinion: Breaking down Billings public safety revenues

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.

September 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

September 16, 2014 3:50 pmLoading…

Billings City Council discusses paving material on city roads

Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.

September 15, 2014 10:37 pmLoading…
Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

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.

September 09, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…
Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

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.

September 09, 2014 6:30 amLoading…
Billings looks to Reno for ideas to address homeless, transient issues

Billings looks to Reno for ideas to address homeless, transient issues

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.

September 04, 2014 5:50 pmLoading…

City leaders set to discuss public safety levy

The proposed public safety mill levy will be at the heart of upcoming Billings City Council Community Conversations to be held next month.

August 26, 2014 5:06 pmLoading…
Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

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.

August 25, 2014 10:31 pmLoading…
Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.

August 10, 2014 11:00 pm Related Loading…
Gazette opinion: Council should vote for equal protection under the law

Gazette opinion: Council should vote for equal protection under the law

Is it OK for a good worker to be fired because her employer learned she is lesbian?

August 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Don’t waste another day on library demolition

Gazette opinion: Don’t waste another day on library demolition

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.

August 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

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.

August 06, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff is recommending the Billings City Council approve the nondiscrimination ordinance during its Aug. 11 meeting — but delay its enforcement.

August 04, 2014 5:05 pmLoading…
Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

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.

July 30, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Parking advisory group to meet the public Aug. 6-7

The public is invited to a series of meetings set for next month that will help shape the Billings Parking Strategic Plan.

July 24, 2014 11:00 amLoading…
Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

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.

July 14, 2014 11:03 pm Related Loading…

Council set to hear from public on Family Safety Levy

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.

July 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

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.

July 07, 2014 8:35 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Open meeting law applies to nondiscrimination ‘initiative’

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.

July 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

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.

July 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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