|NOTICE: The Board of Madison County Commissioners will not be holding their regular Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as it is General Election Day and County Offices, with the exception of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, will be closed. The next regular meeting following this date will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.|
|Message from the Commissioners regarding the 2020 Census:
August 11, 2020
It’s summer in Madison County. Like many of you, our days are filled with sunburns, hard work, and spending time outside with loved ones. However, as your County Commissioners, there is one pressing topic that we would like to visit about with you, one which is often out of sight and out of mind compared to other priorities: the 2020 Census.
We are concerned because only 31.9 percent of Madison County residents have responded to the Census. That puts us at 47th out of 56 counties. Census efforts have been compromised by the COVID-19 shutdown, like so many other aspects of our economy and daily lives, and that means it is up to us to get every single Madison County resident counted.
Our county has a lot at stake during this census cycle – school funding is based on census data and county roads don’t pave themselves. We work hard to make smart decisions with your tax dollars, and we combine your property tax funds with federal highway funds to grade and pave our roads and highways across the county. The amount of federal dollars we receive depends on our population, and our population is determined by census responses. Each person not counted represents $20,000 in missed funds over the course of the next decade.
Alongside school funding and roads, census data also impacts funding for projects in our county, through:
• Highway planning and construction
• Federal Transit Formula Grants
• Formula Grants for Rural Areas
• Community Development Grants
• Capital Investment Grants
• Water and waste disposal systems for rural communities
On August 11 census workers will start door-to-door visits to households that have not yet responded – save yourself time by completing your census online or by phone today at 1-844-330-2020 or www.my2020census.gov.
Do it for your neighbors, for your pocketbook, for our schools, roads, healthcare centers, and for the quality of life we all enjoy.
Rural communities like ours have enough challenges these days. Imagine if a sizable portion of our population wasn’t counted just because our neighbors didn’t bother to respond to the census? What would be lost from our community fabric? How much more might you have to pay on your property taxes to backfill our school and road maintenance budgets? What would it be like to have more legislators from other communities far away representing us in Helena and Washington DC?
Be a good neighbor. Step up for our community today and complete the 2020 Census!
Dan W. Allhands, Chairman
James P. Hart
Ronald E. Nye
Board of Commissioners Madison County
|NOTICE OF BOARD VACANCIES: The Madison County Board of Commissioners has one vacancy on the Big Sky Transportation Board; one vacancy on the Board of Health representing Commission District 2, i.e. Twin Bridges, Silver Star, Harrison, Norris or Pony areas; one vacancy on the DUI Task Force; one vacancy on the Library Board; three vacancies on the Mental Health Local Advisory Council; one vacancy for a Substitute Member on the Tax Appeal Board; one vacancy on the Solid Waste Board; one vacancy on the Madison Valley Rural Fire District Board; and one vacancy on the Madison Valley Cemetery District Board. If you are interested in filling any of these vacancies, please contact the Commissioners’ Office at 406-843-4277, or by email at email@example.com. PDF application forms can be found on the county website at https://madisoncountymt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/833. Please return completed applications to: Madison County Commissioners’ Office P.O. Box 278 Virginia City, MT 59755|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 27, 2020
CONTACT: Chelsi Bay, MT Dept. of Agriculture, (406) 444-3684
Bob Ballensky, MT Dept. of Agriculture, (406) 444-3950
MDA Asks Public to Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds Helena, Mont.
The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received multiple reports from Montana residents that have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have been shipped from China. Individuals are urged to contact the department if they receive a package matching this description. Please contact the Seed Program at (406) 444-3950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT open the seed package, or plant the seeds. It is also important that individuals also do not throw the seeds away. The types of seeds sent in these packages have not been identified yet. Other states have also reported having received similar unsolicited packages through the mail. These unsolicited seeds could be invasive, meaning they may have the potential to introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Instead, please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label.
MDA is awaiting official guidance from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on how to proceed with safe disposal of the mailed materials. This guidance will be shared on the department website at agr.mt.gov/news as soon as it is available.
The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.
|MADISON COUNTY TAX APPEAL BOARD 2020 SESSION: In accordance with 15-15-101(6) MCA, the Madison County Tax Appeal Board will be in session from July 1st through December 31st, 2020, for the business of hearing appeals of property valuations set by the Montana Department of Revenue. Any taxpayer who disagrees with the appraised value of his or her property may file an appeal with the Madison County Tax Appeal Board within 30 days of the date on the Notice of Classification and Appraisal or Notice to Change Valuation (assessment notice). Appeal forms are available at the Madison County Commissioners’ Office, the Madison County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, or at www.mtab.mt.gov . Upon receipt of the appeal form, the Board will notify the appellant and schedule a hearing. The Madison County Tax Appeal Board consists of three members, Monty Simonsen, Don McCune, and Kristi Millhouse. For further information, contact the Madison County Tax Appeal Board’s secretary at 406-843-4277. Dated this 21st day of May, 2020.|
NOTICE: Re: April 27, 2020 Planning Board ‘virtual’ public hearing - Postponed to a subsequent date to be determined.