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Bozeman city officials to consider having residents pay more for parks

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Bozeman City Commission is looking to spread the cost when it comes to maintaining their parks.

Officials are asking that residents who live within city limits pay higher taxes for park maintenance. But, in the process, the City of Bozeman will be taking over parks run by the Home Owners Association which means, some people will no longer be getting double taxed.

As of right now, Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl says that a typical family will usually pay about $76 to the city’s general funds for parks. If this were to pass the typical family would then pay $92.

Mehl said, “We love our parks in Bozeman. The problem is, we are spending a lot less per person then other Montana cities are and it’s starting to show. The cost of replacing swing sets, playgrounds and things like that is a lot, but if we spend the money now to maintain them, it will actually cost less in the long run.”

Ultimately, this decision will be decided by the public as it needs the public’s approval. The city plans to have public hearings about this topic in the near future.

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