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Missoula city taxes falling despite assumed increases

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New numbers from the state mean Missoulians will actually be seeing a tax decrease. (MTN News photo) New numbers from the state mean Missoulians will actually be seeing a tax decrease. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

The City of Missoula's portion of all of our tax bills is going down instead of up.  

The city estimated a tax increase of just over 3.4%, but new numbers from the state show it will actually decrease by just under 1.2%. City officials say that has a lot to do with the number of building projects seen across Missoula over the past several years. 

Those projects, along with Missoula finally seeing recovery from the recession, are appearing on the Department of Revenue's annual taxable value report.  Because of that, taxes will actually go down for Missoula residents, by as much as $7 according to city officials. 

Missoula Chief Administrative Officer Dale Bickell says this is a clear sign that Missoula's economy is on the mend.

"We've had a very slow recovery out of the recession,” said Bickell.  “We have not seen our mill value numbers, those changes have been half of what they were prior to the recession.  This year, we've finally seen those come in, all of the development and the market value increases are, we're seeing now, and I think that hopefully something similar can happen in the next few years."

Bickell says the city budget amounts to roughly 30% of Missoulians total tax burden, so while people are getting a little back from the city, county taxes may still cause an increase for some residents

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