The EAS (Essential Air Service) Task Force has recommended the acceptance of a proposal from Cape Air to be the EAS provider for Montana to the Department of Transportation. The Billings Aviation and Transit Board reviewed the proposal at their last meeting.
In order to "send a message," one county commissioner suggested, last week, during county budget discussions, to cut the budget for the Planning Department by 20 percent.
The quest to fund a study regarding the feasibility of an industrial park in Billings made a step forward this week, with the news that Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) has been awarded a $25,000 grant for that purpose.
The county agency received notice from The U.S. Economic Development Administration that their application for the grant was successful.
The Board of County Compensation for Elected Officials has recommended a three percent increase in the base salary of Yellowstone County's elected officials – which results in an average increase of 2.19 percent for most officials, since the increase is not applied to the longevity portion of salaries.
The recommendation will be taken up by the Board of County Commissioners for final approval.
The Billings Planning Division, Building Division, and Code Enforcement Division will be relocating to new offices during the week of August 19 – 23.
Limited services will be available during that time.
2.5% Economic Growth Generates Tax Revenues for Growth in County Government
Increased taxable value in Yellowstone County, which comes primarily from economic growth, will likely generate 3.5 percent more in tax revenue for county government's proposed $41.1 million budget. About 2.5 percent of taxable value comes from new construction, County Director Scott Turner informed county officials, at the opening of budget discussions, last week.
The Montana Coal Board has approved Yellowstone County's request for funding to repair and upgrade 21-Mile Road, a county road that connects Broadview and US Highway 87. Working with Yellowstone County Public Works and Big Sky Economic Development's Community Development Department, the commissioners requested participation by the Coal Board, due to the impacts on the road during construction of the Signal Peak Mine rail spur.
A reserved parking space in the new parking lot, in front of Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park, will cost $500 a year.
A plan on how they will market the 250 new parking spaces was approved by the Metra Park Advisory Board at their regular monthly meeting.
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