Hill County Commission Puts Lodge Replacement and Marijuana Tax on November Ballot

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission unanimously moved Thursday at their weekly business meeting to put two resolutions on the upcoming general election ballot.

The first is a resolution seeking to impose an up to 3-mill levy for up to 15 years in order to fund the replacement of the Lodge at Camp Kiwanis in Beaver Creek Park.

The Hill County Park Board recently recommended this action be taken, stating that it is more feasible in the long-term to completely replace the deficient lodge instead of trying to rehabilitate it.

If approved by voters, County property owners would be assessed an estimated $4.05 for every $100,000 of the valuation of a home. This would include property owners in the incorporated municipalities of Havre and Hingham.

The ballot measure will read as follows:

Shall the Hill County Commissioners be authorized to levy up to three (3) mills, being approximately $127,363.00 for a period of 15 years to fund the replacement of the Beaver Creek Park Lodge at Camp Kiwanis? This would be on all property within the county boundaries, including property with the limits of the City of Havre and the Town of Hingham. The fiscal impact on a home having a market value of $100,000.00 is estimated to be $4.05 each year of the levy and $8.10 on a home having a market value of $200,000.00.

  • For up to a 3.00 mill countywide levy
  • Against up to a 3.00 mill countywide levy

The second resolution approved on Thursday would allow Hill County to impose a three-percent local-option excise tax on all sales of medical and non-medical marijuana and marijuana products.

The Commission approved a resolution calling for the voters to decide the issue last week, but had to write a new resolution that featured the ballot language, which is as follows:

Shall Hill County impose a 3% local-option marijuana excise ax on the retail value of all medical and non-medical marijuana and all medical and non-medial marijuana products sold within Hill County boundaries, including property within the limits of the City of Havre and the Town of Hingham.

  • FOR a 3% (three percent) Marijuana Local Option Excise Tax for all medical and non-medical marijuana and for all medical and non-medical marijuana products
  • AGAINST a 3% (three percent) Marijuana Local Option Excise Tax for all medical and non-medical marijuana and for all medical and non-medical marijuana products

Public hearings will be held to discuss the marijuana ballot measure on September 13th and October 4th. The County has yet to decide how tax revenue would be utilized and says they will solicit ideas at these meetings.

If approved, the tax could be implemented 90 days following the election.

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