Missoula County places Fairgrounds bond on November ballot

Bret Anne Serbin

Missoula County voters in November will have the chance to vote on a $19 million bond supporting the Missoula Fairgrounds and Glacier Ice Rink.

The Missoula County Commissioners unanimously approved a measure to place the bond on the November ballot during a meeting Thursday.

Eighteen public commenters spoke in support of the bond during the meeting. No one spoke in opposition.

The $19 million general obligation bond, if supported by voters this fall, would fund improvements to the Fairgrounds including a new livestock and horse center for youth agricultural education, as well as a third ice sheet.

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.

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Supporters included 4-H participants and parents, as well as hockey players, ice skaters and curlers. They ranged from regulars using the space for more than 20 years to those younger than 20 years old.

“We are here together today to advocate for a space that we have grown up in and now begin to grow out of,”

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