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By Don Larson
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

Tax relief for Montana property owners?


COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are at more than 100,000, more than 40 million people have filed for unemployment and the U.S. economy is officially in “recession.”

While Montana has experienced relatively few deaths, its economy, too, is taking a substantial hit as people socially isolate and “non-essential” businesses have been shuttered.

Montana is one of the very few states that does not have a general sales tax and instead relies on the property tax to fund its state and local governments. States which do depend on the sales tax have had to shrink their governments and more than a million government employees have been furloughed or laid off across the U.S. Not so in Montana. Our governments are humming along with no apparent loss of revenue.

Local, state and federal governments are collectively the largest employer in Montana funded by we taxpayers. So my question for Montana government leaders, what tax relief are you considering for us? Most Montanans are losing ground as the cost of living steadily increases. Shrinking or reducing government seems like a really good idea right now.


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