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The Town of Valier approved its FY 2019-20 preliminary budget on July 8 and has scheduled a final budget hearing on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center. According to Town of Valier officials, local taxpayers will not see an increase in the Town of Valier portion of their taxes. The total of expenditures anticipated to operate the town for this fiscal year total $914,472.00.

The proposed budget includes a cost of living raise for Town employees as well as a three percent increase in the law enforcement contract with Pondera County. 

Town officials said the FY 2019-20 budget includes no major changes in expenses or revenue. 

Local residents may comment on the proposed budget in person at the hearing or in writing. Written comments should be submitted to the Town of Valier Office, located at 514 Montana Street; mailed to P.O. Box 512, Valier, MT 59486; or emailed to valier@townofvalier.com. Written comments must be received by 2 p.m. on Aug. 12.

If you’re wondering how much it costs to operate the Town of Valier and where your tax dollars go, here is the preliminary budget and expenditures for FY 2019-20.

General Fund–$225,332

•Council, $5,506.00

•Judicial Services, $300.00

•Mayor, $3,543.00

•Financial Services, $18,087.00

•Financial Administration, $16,710.00

•Independent Audit, $10,000.00

•General Election, $0

•Planning and Research, $3,400.00

•Legal, $2,500.00

•Law Enforcement, $58,710.00

•Fire Protection, $7,420.00

•Streets, $45,098.00

•Parks, $12,483.00

•Forestry and Nursery, $750.00

•Rec Area, $19,325.00

•Civic Center, $21,500.00

Library–$88,626.00

Street Light Assessments–$29,000.00

Baseball Field Trust–$2,357.00

Playground Equipment Trust–$840.00

Gas Tax Total–$36,844.00

•Administration, $24,338.00

•Road and Street Maintenance, $6,500.00

•Other Maintenance, $0

•Grader Payment, $6,006.00

BaRSARA HB473 Gas Tax–$28,000.00

Enterprise Fund Water Total–$223,701.00

•Administration, $74,953.00

•Facilities, $107,611.00

•Loan Payment, $41,137.00

Enterprise Fund Sewer Total–$277,272.00

•Administration, $73,434.00

•Facilities, $132,411.00

•SRF Loan #3 Payment, $39,434.00

•RD Loan Payment, $31,993.00

Fire Disability–$2,500.00

Total  . . . . . . . . . . . . .$914,472.00

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