Lewis and Clark County finalizes tax levy mills

Lewis and Clark County has set its tax levies in mills for the new fiscal year, and as anticipated with skyrocketing property valuations, the number of mills to be collected decreased at a rate not seen in recent history.

Lewis and Clark County Chief Financial Officer Frank Cornwell said during Thursday’s county commission meeting, during which the mills were approved, that a taxpayer within the city of Helena would pay about 706.49 mills in total.

The county approved the new mills 3-0, the city of Helena is set to finalize its mill levies and budget during Monday’s meeting.

Helena Finance Director Sheila Danielson told the city commission during its Wednesday evening administrative meeting that her office will bring forward Monday a recommendation to collect 105.7 mills, down from 126.93 mills the prior year.

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Danielson noted the total taxable value of property within city limits increased about 35% from the prior year. She said the tax incremental finance district increments increased 232% over the prior year.

“Just absolutely phenomenal growth in market and taxable values that the city has not experienced in recent history,” Danielson said.

The city finance office is also expected

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