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Legislature's budget cuts means higher taxes for residents

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While the Montana Legislature makes budget cuts at the state level, it's time to see the effects of the cuts at a local level.

Despite taxpayers approving a $98 million infrastructure bond last year, those funds cannot be reallocated to the general operation budget.

The Great Falls Public School District Board of Trustees has to set the upcoming fiscal year's budget by August 24th. 

The district, however, is getting approximately $1.4 million less in funding from the state.

According to GFPS Business Operations Director Brian Patrick, the state shifted funding of schools from the state level to the local level. 

"So our local tax payers will have to pay more dollars because there’s less dollars coming from the state," he said.

The board will meet on Tuesday, August 15th at 5 p.m. at the School District Building to review the budget.

The school district highly recommends all residents interested in the budget setting process attend the meeting.

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