Final county budget approved

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The commissioners held a public hearing on Sept. 14 to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2011-12. Cheryl Curry and John Stokes were present and no written comments were received.

The commissioners approved the new budget and the hearing was closed. Countywide, the assessed valuation is $422,602,851 with a tax valuation of $13,839,585 and one mill yield of $13,839.

Within the budget, the county libraries will receive $104,419 and the Port Authority will receive $78,689. Levied funds equaled $5,796,281 and non-levied funds equaled $2,559,584.

The commissioners approved the terms of the loan agreement with the Board of Investments’ InterCap Loan for the Community Center in the amount of $11,600 to pay for cabinetry.


The date, time and place were set for a public hearing on the proposed closure of county office on Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving. The hearing will be on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ office.


Proposals were requested for the purchases of three pickups, including installed flatbeds for the County Road and Bridge Departments. The proposals received were from Courtesy Ford for $28,000 and Van Motors for $30,532. The commissioners moved to purchase three pickups from Courtesy Ford at $28,000 each.

Treasurer Jeanne Moon presented a letter to the commissioners requesting abatements of delinquent tax receipts that are uncollectable. These are more than 10 years delinquent and the taxpayer cannot be located. These were approved.

Commissioners approved the FY2012 Extension Services Agreement between Montana State University Extension and the county.

During the Sept. 21 meeting the commissioners granted permission to seed grass on a portion of the proposed baseball field complex in Valier.

The commissioners approved the Managed Off-Site Date Backup Services agreement with Morrison-Maierle Systems Corp for a one year term at the rate of $60 per month.

The maintenance agreement with Otis Elevator Company for inspections and maintenance of the courthouse elevator was approved for a five-year term. The county will pay $65 a month for these services.

There will be no meeting next week as all three commissioners will attend the fall conference of the Montana Association of Counties.