Public comment heard on $42 million parks, trails bond


MISSOULA, Mont. - More than 100 Missoula locals and businesses want a $42 million parks and trails bond to go to the vote.

The money would be spread out over a 20-year period and would be used to fund parks and trails in both the city and county.

The bond would cost homeowners an estimated $37 a year, which works out to about $3 dollars a month for 20 years on a home worth $200,000.

John O'Connor, with the nonprofit Friends of Missoula Parks and Recreation, said 113 local businesses and people signed a letter sent to county commissioners asking for the measure to be placed the November ballot.

"Everybody loves parks and trails. It adds to the quality of life. It's part of the reason we live here. It also attracts visitors. I think people across the spectrum, from business owners to everyday citizens, recognize the value that parks and trails have."

On Thursday at 7 p.m. Missoula County commissioners will hold a public hearing for feedback on the bond proposal. It's at the new Partnership Health Center, and anyone's welcome to attend.