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Lewis and Clark County, Montana

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Administrative Officials Y
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Lewis and Clark County is one of 56 counties in Montana. Lewis and Clark County is located in west central Montana. The estimated population of the county is 55,716. Helena, the state capital of Montana, is also the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Website evaluation

The good

  • The website includes comprehensive information on the County Commission, including contact information and meeting times, locations, agendas, and minutes.[1]
  • The website includes good budget information for recent years (2006 and 2007).[2]
  • Comprehensive information on zoning and permits.[3]
  • Good information on local taxes, including a property tax inquiry search function and a breakdown of the taxes collected by respective departments (Department of Motor Vehicles, for example].[4]

The bad

  • No information on county audits.
  • No information on how to file an request for public records.


In 2010, Lewis and Clark County $2 million for 1 million acres from the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes program (PILT).[5]

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