FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2016
Mary Ann Dunwell, Public Information Officer, MT Department of Revenue
(406) 444-6700, MDunwell@mt.gov
Molly Petersen, Public Information Specialist, MT Department of Revenue
(406) 444-4331, MollyPetersen@mt.gov
Montana Department of Revenue certifies property taxable values for counties
Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue has completed its annual requirement to certify taxable values of property in the state’s 56 counties. Local governments establish their budgets and set their mill levies for property tax calculations and collections based on the certified taxable values in each taxing jurisdiction.
Under state law, the department’s property assessment offices are responsible for providing the total taxable value of property to each taxing jurisdiction by the first Monday in August. The values included in the certification include mobile homes, business equipment, real property, and centrally assessed properties. The department delivered certified taxable values to 31 counties before the August 1 deadline and to the other 25 counties on the August 1 deadline.
“Performing our job with accountability to local governments builds our working relationships with them,” said Revenue Department Director Mike Kadas. “It allows for efficient and effective tax administration locally and statewide.”
“Certifying values timely and accurately allows local governments to finalize their processes of setting budgets and mills in a timely manner,” said Cynthia Monteau Moore, Administrator, Property Assessment Division. “If we provide good service, then local governments can better serve and be accountable to their communities.”
New this year, all certified taxable values are online at property.mt.gov/cov. “This is a great addition to the annual certification of values process that lets local governments and all Montanans easily access current and historical data,” said Moore. “The information is a key element in ensuring that all taxpayers can be well informed on how each county establishes the mill levies that determine the amount of taxes billed.”
Property tax collections are the primary revenue source for public services such as police and fire protection, schools, roads and bridges, and health and social services.
For more information on Montana’s property assessment, visit revenue.mt.gov.