Council unanimously votes to put fire levy on Missoulians’ fall ballots

Missoulians will see a mill levy request on their ballots this fall from the city to fund fire resources.

A resolution to put the levy on city ballots passed unanimously in City Council on Monday with little discussion from councilors. The levy, introduced by city officials on Aug. 1, proposes a $7 million annual budget to fund the Missoula Fire Department.

“I want to thank everyone for the unanimous vote on the fire levy, I think that’s really a wonderful thing,” Mayor Jordan Hess said after the resolution was greenlit.

If voters approve it, it would let the city levy up to 34 mills for a permanent line of funding for Missoula’s Mobile Support Team, along with needed fire staff increases and equipment purchases, according to fire officials.

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Council amended the levy to reduce the number of mills levied from up to 40 a year to 34, based on new taxable home values that came out this week from the Montana Department of Revenue. The $7 million chunk of money brought in by the levy would remain the same.

“To clarify, the number of mills required to meet the budget, as presented

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