Survey shows Missoula tax support for streets, but Engen says don’t “presume” tax hike

Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 12:36:58-04

MISSOULA – A new survey suggests Missoula residents might be willing to pay higher taxes if that’s what it takes to fix roads and streets. 

Mayor John Engen notes its one of the takeaways from the newly released Missoula Citizens Survey.

While people who took the new survey said higher property taxes was one of the things they don’t like about Missoula right now, a majority said they could support an actual tax increase if the city could do more with street maintenance, planning and improvements. 

Mayor Engen notes the suggestions and said it will help form the new budget. But he says don’t count on taxes going up…

"While it’s nice to see that folks are willing to pay more, that doesn’t presume for a minute that we will raise taxes in specific areas just because people said they want to pay more," Mayor Engen said.

The survey will be used as the basis for a budget workshop next month.