Missoula County passes FY22 budget, discusses COVID relief funding

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The Missoula County Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday morning to adopt a $173.8 million budget for fiscal year 2022.

The budget is $7 million more than this year’s budget, which is approximately a 4.2% increase.

In a meeting Thursday afternoon, the board also discussed what to do with its federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Unlike the city of Missoula, the county is holding a separate hearing to decide how to spend its share of ARPA money, approximately $23 million.

Missoula County’s expected budget revenues are $171 million, with $59.4 million coming from property taxes. Another large chunk of $91.4 million comes from permits, intergovernmental payments, licenses and service charges.

“It’s been a long process,” Commissioner Dave Strohmaier said. “We start this process many, many months prior to a day like today and believe it or not we will be rolling into thinking about the 2023 budget before you know it.” 

Average taxation values increased by an average of around 15% due to reappraisals by the Montana Department of Revenue, according to budget documents released by the county. Property value increases will help the county cover increases in its budget, county officials said. Property owners will see an increase in the

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