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Proposed Bozeman budget could be costly for taxpayers

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman city commissioners this week are mulling over a budget recommended by city officials for the next fiscal year -- one that could prove costly for taxpayers.

As it stands now, the budget would give the go ahead for more than $31 million in spending over the next fiscal year.

"It's unlikely that we can operate everything without changes in the assessments and fees. That's the cost of business," explained Assistant City Manager Anna Rosenberry.

City documents show much of the recommended budget is based on Bozeman's continued growth.

The fiscal year 2018 budget would ask taxpayers to front more money for tree maintenance along with water and sewer services. The biggest chunk is for street maintenance projects.

"We haven't seen this level of street building in the budget since we did the 19th Avenue project out to the interstate, which was a couple of decades ago," Rosenberry said.

Under Rosenberry's recommended budget the typical homeowner would pay an additional $81 a year or close to $7 a month.

The budget isn't a done deal yet. Commissioners will have to approve it, but Rosenberry says there's no getting around the fact that residents likely be paying more to keep the city going. Commissioners plan to approve the budget at their June 26 meeting. It will go into effect July 1.

To read the budget documents click here.

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