Montana Supreme Court says counties wrong on 95-mill tax issue
Ruling means 49 of 56 counties under-collected state school equalization dollars with property tax bills sent this fall.
December 1, 2023
The Montana Supreme Court recently ruled against Montana county governments in a dispute over the Montana Department of Revenue's authority to order the full collection of the 95-mill state-level school equalization levy, a formerly obscure piece of tax bills that became a flashpoint this fall as state and local officials contended with frustration over rising property taxes.
The ruling means that the 49 of 56 Montana counties that chose to collect a lower, 77.9-mill rate on tax bills sent to property owners this fall will likely have to make up the difference when they mail their next roun...