Local Option Taxing Groups Come Together
Supporters of a local option taxing authority for municipal governments in the state said Monday they’re joining with the Montana Infrastructure Coalition to push for a bill in Helena. Authorize Community Transformation, or ACT, was formed by the Billings Chamber of Commerce. They want to present a united front to lawmakers on the local option authority.
The proposal would expand the definition of the resort tax, lifting the population cap to allow larger cities the option to levy a sales tax on some goods to pay for certain projects. Darryl James, the group’s director, said the Montana Infrastructure Coalition represents local governments and other groups seeking money to upgrade aging roads, bridges, water and sewer systems and other public works. James said Monday the coalition has been discussing the issue for more than a year. The group incorporated a component from the chamber allowing cities to earmark money generated from the tax for specific projects.