Access to Information
As the official record holder for most of Missoula County’s records, I believe that you should have free and unfettered access to your records. To that end, we are the only county in Montana that provides the public with free access to all of our online public records. We are constantly working to improve that access. We currently have all of our records back to 1982 digitally indexed and available online. We are working on digitally indexing all of our records back to the founding of Missoula County and expect to have those records available online within the next few years. We have also provided the Commissioner’s Journals (the official minutes of the Missoula Board of County Commissioners) in a searchable format back to 1991.
Beginning with the 2016 tax year, we began providing detailed information on your tax bills so that you can more easily see where your tax dollars go. We are currently working on a detailed description of each tax fund along with examples for the use of those funds. We expect to have those descriptions available in the fall of 2017. For your 2017 tax bill, we are planning to separate the levies that were assessed by local governments and those that were voted upon by the electorate to help give Missoulians a better picture of who is taxing us. Ultimately, I believe that you should have unfettered access to information about your government.
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