Missoula County puts crisis services levy on November ballot

Bret Anne Serbin

Linda Clark lived without a house for three years after surviving domestic violence.

Following a stay at the Temporary Safe Outdoor Space created by the city and the county during the COVID-19 pandemic, Clark was able to secure stable housing.

“Life is getting better,” she told the Missoula County Commissioners at their Thursday public meeting.

But funds are drying up for the TSOS and other programs initiated with American Rescue Plan Act money. These include the Mobile Support Team first responders, two other homelessness initiatives similar to TSOS, and the Crime Victim Advocate Program.

In response, the Missoula County commissioners unanimously agreed to place a new levy on the November ballot to continue funding those programs.

The levy would raise $5 million, costing taxpayers approximately $27 a year per $100,000 of taxable home value.

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“We are property tax payers and we recognize that this levy will add to our taxes,” said Janice Staton, representing First United Methodist Church. “We are fully in support of placing it on the November ballot so that we can vote in favor of it. We know from our firsthand experience that

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