Articles written by Alan Ault

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  • Addressing homeless issue in Missoula would benefit taxpayers

    Alan Ault, Missoula County Commissioner Candidate - Missoula, Montana|Sep 10, 2020

    Having kept a close eye on the homeless issue in Missoula County, especially the illegal encampment West of the Reserve Street bridge, I am astounded at the recent halt to the removal of the individuals destroying this area. Most astonishing is the threat by the County Health Department to fine those in control of the property and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) for the trash being spread by the transients illegally squatting on the land. The reason I find the threat of suing the MDT so absolutely absurd, is that the County is...

  • Another property for Missoula's insatiable appetite hurts County residents' pocketbooks

    Alan Ault, Missoula, Montana|Aug 27, 2020

    Well, I see the city council has approved the purchase of 19 acres on Scott Street using $10.7 million dollars of TIF money, including bond issues. Let me put that into plain English. Of that $10.7 million dollar property tax money you paid into, around $3 million would have gone to the County. In other words, the city of Missoula should thank the taxpayers of Condon, Seeley Lake, Bonner, Frenchtown, and the other 10 or so forgotten towns in Missoula County for the money. And my opponent said nothing. Anytime you read Missoula uses TIF money...