Get involved during budget season at Missoula County

Budget in brief screenshotIt’s budget season here at Missoula County, and we want to make the process as transparent and engaging as possible for you, the taxpayer. That’s why we created the Budget in Brief, which breaks down the various aspects of budgeting, from calculating property taxes, revenue and expenditures to highlighting the services and capital projects those dollars will fund.

Take a look at how the facts and figures broke down for FY 2018, then follow along as departments present their proposed budgets for FY 2019. You’ll find a schedule of the presentations below, and you can stay up to date by following @MissoulaCounty and the hashtag #MslaCoBudget on Twitter.

Once those presentations wrap up, commissioners will discuss any proposed modifications to each budget at public meetings throughout the summer. Following those, the preliminary budget hearing will take place on Thursday, July 26, with the final budget hearing slated for Thursday, Aug. 23. Both of those meetings will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in Courthouse Annex Room 151.

You’re welcome to attend any meeting, at which you can offer comment to the commissioners. You can also submit your input via email at, by phone at 406-258-4877 or by mail at 199 W. Pine St., Missoula, MT 59802. You can always access the commissioners’ schedule online and view past budgets on the Financial Services website.

As commissioners wrote in the Budget in Brief, local government works best when those we serve participate in the process. We hope you’ll get involved.

Budget presentation schedule

All presentations will take place in Room 206 of the Missoula County Administration Building, located at 199 W. Pine St.

Tuesday, April 24

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Elections Office

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Technology

Wednesday, May 2

1:30-2 p.m.: Development Districts

2-3 p.m.: Facilities Management

3-3:30 p.m.: Financial Services/Debt Service

Thursday, May 3

1:30-2 p.m.: Missoula Public Library

2-2:30 p.m.: Missoula County Fairgrounds

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Risk and Benefits

Tuesday, May 8

1-2 p.m.: County Attorney

Wednesday, May 9

1:30-2 p.m.: District Court

2-2:30 p.m.: Justice Court 1

2:30-3 p.m.: Justice Court 2

3-3:30 p.m.: Relationship Violence Services

Monday, May 14

9-9:30 a.m.: Planning

9:30-10 a.m.: Parks, Trails and Open Lands

10-10:30 a.m.: Grants and Community Programs

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Weed District and Extension Office

Monday, May 21

1-1:50 p.m.: Roads/Bridges/Surveyor

1:50-2 p.m.: Seeley Lake Sewer District

2-2:45 p.m.: Rural Special Improvement District Program

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Building Division

3:15-3:30 p.m.: MS4

Wednesday, May 23

1-1:30 p.m.: Clerk of District Court

1:30-2 p.m.: Clerk and Recorder/Treasurer

Tuesday, May 29

9-10 a.m.: Office of Emergency Management/9-1-1

1-1:15 p.m.: Missoula Search and Rescue

1:15-1:30 p.m.: Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue

Wednesday, May 30

1-2 p.m.: Sheriff’s Office

Thursday, May 31

1-2 p.m.: Missoula County Detention Facility

Monday, June 4

9-10 a.m.: Health Department

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Partnership Health Center

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