Missoula County, Montana

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Missoula County is one of 56 counties in Montana. Missoula County is located in north central Montana. The estimated population of the county is 95,802. Missoula is the county seat.

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Last rated on September 20, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule and minutes are posted.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information on department pages.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning information are available.[4]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted.[6]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is available.[7]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are not provided.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not available.
  • Lobbying
    • No information regarding lobbying.
  • Public Records

Lobbying

In 2008, Missoula County reported $93,000 spent on lobbying. [8]

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Lobbying

The Montana Policy Institute reported that Missoula County was spending the most amount of money on lobbyists in the state.

The following are lobbying expenses reported by counties:

Stimulating a golf course

Missoula County owns Larchmont Golf Course and contracts with a management company to run the facility. The county board decided to use $1.7 million in federal stimulus money to fund bonds for an irrigation system. This decision has drawn criticism from Congressman Denny Rehberg.

The project is in its final stages at Larchmont Golf Course.

Rehberg says there are likely better uses for the money and that providing stimulus dollars for such projects is typical. County officials said the project is overdue and that if they hadn’t been able to issue tax free bonds it would ultimately be more costly for taxpayers.

“Unfortunately, projects like this are par for the course when it comes to stimulus spending…”Rehberg said in an emailed statement to Montana Watchdog. “I imagine the people of Missoula can think of much better uses for $1 million than a new irrigation system for a golf course. This project should never have been funded with stimulus dollars …”

Missoula County Board of Commissioners Chair Michele Landquist said Rehberg may not understand the benefits.

“That’s really pretty much a standard answer one would give if they really don’t understand all the ins and outs of this project,” Landquist said.

She said the project offers area residents recreation at an affordable price and that the irrigation project will conserve water.[10]

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