Turning methane into natural gas at the Billings landfill will probably remain a profitable proposition for Billings, the Billings City Council learned Monday.
Regarding city property taxes, option 5 raises taxes $636,400 over last year and is supposed to be the least that can be taxed. The current FY16 budget says it will use $1.2 million of general and public safety reserves, but collects fewer taxes than last year. If taxes were lowered to the l…
By now, everyone should have received their new tax assessment for 2015. I have talked to numerous people throughout Billings and everyone says their new taxable value is up, none report a lower taxable value. The increase is from 9 to 24 percent with the majority falling in the 14 to 17 per…
By a 9-2 vote, the Billings City Council approved a 2015-16 budget that’s about $145,000 less than the proposed $317,144,586 spending level.
The City has two Street Maintenance Districts, one for downtown and one for all other. The downtown district is operating in the red for about $250,000 each year. Both districts are billed dollars per square foot of land, and downtown pays about seven times the rate as the other. The City th…
The Billings City Council got a good look Tuesday at how hundreds of millions of tax dollars are going to be spent in the coming years.
The city’s Board of Ethics dismissed an ethics complaint against Councilwoman Becky Bird on Thursday and declined to pursue three other complaints.
Over the next five years, Billings will receive a quarter-billion-dollar upgrade to its infrastructure — $255,086,276, to be exact, spread out over 126 projects. During the plan’s first year alone, the 2015-16 fiscal year, nearly $105 million will be spent on 53 projects.
The Billings City Council approved an initiative Monday instructing its city attorney to research whether the city’s Code of Ethics and Billings’ Ethics Board are legal under state law.
Recent actions of the Billings City Council leave me wondering who they represent. First they voted to spend tax dollars to lobby the State Legislature for expansion of Medicaid. What Medicaid recipient pays property taxes or lives in non-rent-subsidized housing? The local match for Medicaid…
The city of Billings is defending itself in 19 lawsuits filed in District Court, and is the plaintiff in two other cases — one of which involves the Billings Gazette.
The events on Nov. 5 at Fuddruckers point-out a serious problem within the Billings Police Department. Only nine officers were available for duty for a shift. During the recent public safety levy campaign, we learned the City has 143 officers. That number is verified in the FY15 budget.
Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.
If the Public Safety Levy passes, the city will increase personnel in the city attorney's office, which is funded by the General Fund. These positions are a benefit to police and fire.
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.
Everyone knows we need more police officers in Billings. However the new public safety levy has COLA raises in it as well as longevity pay, increased benefits, pay for promotions and for advanced training totaling 4.5 percent.
I keep seeing yard signs saying Save Mary Street and letters in the a recent Sunday Gazette saying bypass ill-planned, and on Tuesday not a bypass.
When it came time to hike garbage pickup and landfill fees Monday, the Billings City Council chose an option with a smaller initial increase over one that would have increased the charge $2.01 per month beginning July 1.
By the slimmest of margins — 5-4, with 1 abstention and one council member absent — the Billings City Council on Monday approved a construction and maintenance agreement that will lead to the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting Minnesota Avenue to Montana Avenue at North 25th Street.
There seems to be a huge problem with the way Billings negotiates union contracts. Every employee's first and foremost concern is for more compensation. This is a fact of life. So who is at the negotiating table?
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