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Butte-Silver Bow residents to voice concerns over new road fees

Posted at 6:01 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 20:01:59-04

Story by Mederios Babb, MTN News

BUTTE, Mont. – This week at the council meeting, Butte-Silver Bow residents will voice their concerns regarding a new tax to pay for future road maintenance.

Back at the beginning of August, county commissioners approved a new tax, which will charge all county residents a flat rate for road fees no matter where they live.

Chief Executive Dave Palmer says this tax will make up about 75% of the $1.7 million dollars in street maintenance the county plans to spend next year.

In the past, Palmer said only residents from four districts have had to pay road fees but now by making everyone pay the same amount it evens the scale.

“There were some people throughout the county that were not paying any into the maintenance district and this just makes it more fair because everyone is using the roads, whether you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of maintenance or you are on a main traffic area, one of the primary routes,” said Palmer.

Palmer said there has been pushback from quite a few county residents but this tax will benefit everyone by making the roads safer.

He said if the tax is approved as is, property owners will pay about $72 dollars for each parcel of property owned worth $5000 or more.