Bozeman voters to see three city issues on their ballot
Bozeman voters to see three city issues on their ballot: community housing levy, Fire Station 2 bond, and facilities renovation bond
Bozeman, MT— Registered voters who live in Bozeman city limits will see three different ballot questions regarding City issues on their ballot this fall. A community housing levy, bonds to relocate Fire Station 2, and bonds to renovate City facilities like Bogert Pool, the Bozeman Swim Center, and Lindley Center, will all be up for a vote.
Community Housing Levy:
Housing continues to be a priority for Bozeman. The Community Housing Levy would create a dedicated funding source to develop and support attainable housing for the Bozeman community. Currently the City of Bozeman relies on funding through the budget process and the general fund, which can change year to year and also funds critical services like police, fire, etc. If approved the levy would be a tool to support projects like the many successful partnership projects that have been completed in Bozeman.
7 mills x current mill value = $33.67/year based on an assessed market value of the median home ($364,000)
Fire Station 2 Relocation Bond:
The existing Fire Station 2 was built in 1974. With the continued growth of Bozeman the existing facility no longer fits the needs of an expanding staff and increasing community needs. If passed the City of Bozeman has the opportunity to enter into a long-term lease on land owned by Montana State University and relocate Station 2 to better serve the southern part of Bozeman.
$2.2 million bond = $6.83/year based on an assessed market value of the median home ($364,000)
Facilities Renovation Bond:
The Bogert Pool, Bozeman Swim Center, and Lindley Center are all community assets that are experiencing deferred maintenance and in need of improvements for continued use. If passed the bonds would go toward resurfacing and sealing Bogert Pool, new air filtration system and gutter replacement at the Bozeman Swim Center, and upgrades to the Lindley Center including accessibility.
$6.7 million bond = $18.83/year based on an assessed market value of the median home ($364,000)
The total cost to property owners for all three City issues = $58.88/year based on an assessed market value of the median home ($364,000)
Registered Bozeman voters will be voting by mail for this election and ballots are expected to be mailed out today, October 13, 2021. Municipal elections have been conducted by mail since 2009. Voters who were registered prior to October 4, 2021 should expect to receive their ballot in the mail up to four days from the date of ballots being mailed out. Voters who are not yet registered can register up until noon on November 1, 2021 in person with the Gallatin County Elections Department (Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W Main St.)
The City of Bozeman will be hosting a pop up event at the Bozeman Public Library Open Door on Friday October 15th from 1-3 p.m. for any voters interested in learning more about their ballot. Additional information about each city issue is available on the City’s website at www.bozeman.net/investincommunity