Emergency services mill levy fails

By: 
Johnathan Hettinger
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

 

Property taxes for Park County residents will not be going up, after voters defeated the $1.5 million countywide emergency services mill levy on Tuesday.

The levy was voted down 2,538 votes to 2,162 votes, a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.

The levy was a joint effort between Park County and the city of Livingston, which share emergency services. Among the reasons cited for the levy was the need for new vehicles and equipment, dispatch center maintenance and upgrades, and local fire districts’ needs.

The levy would've raised taxes on a home valued at $100,000 by $45.94 per year, by $91.88 on a $200,000 home and by $137.82 on a $300,000 home.

Overall, 5,167 ballots were cast in Park County, including 1,864 at the polls and 3,303 absentee ballots.

Of the total, 2,701 were Republican ballots, 2,426 were Democratic ballots and 40 were Green Party Ballots.

Precinct-by-precinct data was not immediately available.

Park County, which finalized its results at 12:14 a.m., was the last county in Montana to report any results.