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Bozeman proposes tax increase for Story Street residents

By Colin Cashin, KTVM Reporter, ccashin@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 06:32:48 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 06:37:53 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The City of Bozeman will vote Monday on a plan to help fund street repairs along a section of Story Street.

The total cost of the project would be over $600,000, split 50-50 with property owners who live on Story Street between Church Street and Tracy Avenue.

The city wants to create a special tax district to collect the property owners' portion. The average cost per property owner would be about $5,100 financed over 20 years, or about $300 per resident, per year.

Residents we spoke to aren't against the repairs but they think the city is unfairly leaning on residents for funds.

Mary Vant Hull lives on Story. She told us, "More people than not are in favor of fixing up the road. Not only for our own sakes, but for the sake of the thousands of people that come through the neighborhood with their cars. So we would like to cooperate with the city if they'll meet us with a decent percentage."

The special tax district will be discussed at Monday's commission meeting which starts at 5 p.m. instead of the normal 6 p.m. time.