Blaine County Commission Tables Ballot Referendum on Bond for Chinook Pool and Sweet Park

Sweet Park (Credit: Josh Margolis)

UPDATE: Blaine County Commission Administrative Assistant Tracy Thornstad says there will not be a public hearing on February 18th, as that is too late to get the issue on the ballot for the May election.

They hope to hold a hearing in March so that they can get it on the primary ballot in June if it passes.

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – The Blaine County Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday afternoon and voted unanimously to table a resolution calling for a bond referendum for rehabilitating Sweet Park and the Chinook Pool.

If approved by the Commission by March 1st, the referendum would be on the May 3rd Special Election ballot for voters in county precincts 10, 11, and 13 (also known as the South Chinook, Chinook, and North Chinook precincts). It would create a Chinook Special Recreation District that would be expected to bring in $2 million in taxes over 20 years.

The County will be working to adjust the language of the resolution. The current iteration states that the funding would come from an assessment of all dwellings in the District. However, Clerk and Recorder Tammy Williams says that the wording should state that the assessment would be per tax statement, as not all lots have dwelling, and others have multiple.

Each taxpayer would be assessed an estimated $51.60 annually over 20 years if the referendum is approved.

The Commissioners have set a public hearing for Friday, February 18th at 3 PM in their office at the County Courthouse to continue discussions and potentially vote to place the referendum on the ballot.

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