Doney apologizes for oversights on economic levy issue - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Doney apologizes for oversights on economic levy issue

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(GREAT FALLS) Nearly a third of the Great Falls community have mailed in their Cascade County general election ballots.

As of Thursday afternoon, an estimated 11,135 ballots out of 39,300 are counted.

If you have moved away, it is important to go to the Cascade County Annex to receive a new ballot.  

Ballots are due by the end of election day, which is Tuesday, November 7th at 8 p.m.

The county will be collecting ballots all day Tuesday in Exhibition Hall at Montana ExpoPark until 8 p.m.

Brett DoneyOne ballot issue catching the attention of many is a proposed economic development levy.

If passed, the levy would allow Cascade County to levy up three mills each year, which would increase taxes by about $4 for every $100,000 of taxable value on a home each year.

The money taken from taxes will help bring in new businesses to the Great Falls area, according to the Great Falls Development Authority.

Some residents raised concerns when they received a mailer promoting the levy that was printed and mailed by a Billings business.

Another concern was the failure to submit certain financial disclosure documents to the office of the state Commissioner of Political Practices.

GFDA president Brett Doney said, "I took responsibility to make sure that we stayed on top of the campaign's finance reports. Well, that didn’t happen. I spent all day Tuesday down in Helena in the basement of the office of Political Practices. They were very helpful and we got everything up to date. I apologize, there's no excuse for that."

As for using an out-of-county print shop? Doney said, "We (normally) use local printers, we use local postal services all the time, and why this happened, again, is my fault and I apologize."

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