Missoula County approves $211 million budget

Bret Anne Serbin

In the interest of prioritizing employee retention, the Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday approved a $211.5 million budget for Fiscal Year 2023.

Anticipated revenue is $211.3 million.

“I think this is a prudent budget,” said Commissioner Dave Strohmaier. “We prioritized personnel. We’re maintaining services. We have some very targeted investments. We’ve turned back a couple million dollars’ worth of budget requests.”

The county’s tax collections will increase 10.37% as a result of the approved budget.

For properties within Missoula city limits, the approximate increase will be $22.70 a year for every $100,000 in assessed property value, or $1.89 per month. For properties outside Missoula city limits, the approximate tax impact will be $25.07 a year for every $100,000 in assessed property value, or $2.09 per month.

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The $211.5 million budget represents a $35 million increase in expenditures over last year’s budget and a $12.5 million jump from the original budget proposed in late August.

Those increases can largely be attributed to capital projects paid by cash savings and updated calculations to the budgets for Public Works and the Wye Targeted Economic Development District, which do not create any

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