Folks, you must thank your mayor and City Council for standing firm and approving an Honest Ballot Language Ordinance for the city of Billings. They closed loopholes in Montana Code annotated statues that staff used in the deceptive, erroneous 2004 safety mill levy language.
Now the city administrator who gives final approval of city mill levy language must reveal on the face of the ballot if the tax is permanent or sunsets — if it is cumulative or not. The dollar amount of each tax hike and the total dollars after the last increase must also be on the ballot.
Mill levy ballots must be clear and accurate. State law requires it. The 2004 safety mill levy was clearly fraudulent. The tax dollars to the city general fund was much higher than shown on the face of 2004 ballot. In fact it turns out to be the largest tax hike in city history.
The final chapter of the tricky 2004 mill levy will be completed after Citizens for Honest Ballots get enough signatures to get it back on the ballot.
Then voters, who were duped on the first vote, will get a chance to repeal it at the November general election.
Clayton Fiscus, chairman
Citizens For Honest Ballots