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Gallatin County commissioners to look over proposed mill levy

Published On: Jul 30 2013 10:52:51 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2013 11:01:59 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A proposal to grant Gallatin College a county-wide mill levy will go before commissioners in just a few weeks. The college is asking county commissioners to approve sending a levy to voters, that would establish local funding support.

We sat down with Gallatin County Commissioner Steve White to discuss what this proposed levy would mean for residents in Gallatin County.

"If this goes to the voters in November and the voters vote in favor of it, then their taxes are going to go up," said White.

Before it can even reach voters it has to be approved by commissioners. They tell us they are not sure they want the county to pay for the measure to show up on the November ballot.                                                                                                                                       

"It is probably going to cost around $40,000," said White.

White says there is a way to handle this without breaking the bank, and that is to wait.

"At an election like next June, that is a primary election where there is a lot of other things on the ballot," said White.

We spoke with the Dean of Gallatin College, Bob Hietala. He tells us the sooner this levy can get on the ballot, the better.

"It also is a strong message to the state that Gallatin County will step up and support two year education," said Hietala.

If passed, Gallatin College estimates this will have at least a $4.42 impact annually on a property valued at $200,000. However White tells us it is too early to tell exactly how much taxpayers will be affected.

While the college waits for commissioners to vote, White tells us he is expecting more community discussion leading up to the meeting.

"I am hoping that people who have interest in this one way or another will contact us," said White.

Commissioners are expected to make the decision on August 13. Stay with NBC Montana as we continue to follow the latest developments.