Advocates of ice sports, agricultural education push for Fairgrounds bond

David Erickson

Ice sports enthusiasts and agricultural educators and students would seem unlikely partners to advocate for the passage of a bond, but they now share the same cramped facilities and both would like more space for their respective activities.

On Thursday, the two groups gathered at the Missoula County Fairgrounds to advocate for the passage of a $19 million bond to make improvements to the ice rink and to facilities for agricultural and technology education.

The general obligation bond will appear on the Nov. 8 Missoula County election ballot.

If passed by voters, it would pay for the construction of a new 80,000 square-feet livestock and horse center for youth agricultural education. It would also pay for a third sheet of ice with an NHL-sized rink for figure skaters, hockey players, curlers and more.

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The public-private partnership would also incorporate a $3 million revenue bond and $5 million from private fundraising.

It would cost Missoula County residents approximately $7.34 a year per $100,000 of taxable home value. The taxable value of a home is much different, and often much lower, than the price a home could fetch

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