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Bozeman Education Taxes to Dip Slightly

by Tim Hart

New construction, continued growth in Bozeman and a larger tax base have allowed the City of Bozeman to lower property tax rates, but still spend more money on education. The Department of Revenue reported that the elementary district has grown by 2.74% while the high school district grew by 2.97%. These numbers reflect the positive growth in Bozeman over the last couple of years, as both construction and real estate seem to have fully recovered from recession. With a larger tax base, Bozemanites can expect to see lower property taxes, yet the schools should be able to hire up to 12 more teachers or counselors for this coming fall semester. The education budget has asked for 70.4 million to spend this year, which is up 1.8% from previous years. As more and more people move to Bozeman looking to raise families in the right schools, Bozeman schools have continued to shine. They have shined so much so that they continue to attract more families, bringing in more money to improve schools, which again attracts more families. Hopefully, this positive trend continues, and Bozeman can help foster the next generation of smarter, more creative leaders.

Bozeman has set up plans to add a 4 bay Tesla recharge station at the local Hilton. Tesla wants all of its drivers to be able to travel across the United States for free, a daring goal, considering rising gasoline prices. Tesla is building stations across major roads in the US and Bozeman seems to have fit the bill. Billings also added a Tesla station about a week ago. These super chargers can recharge a Tesla Model S in 20 minutes compared to an hour from a normal outlet.

Plans have been handed over to the city-planning department and they are waiting for approval. By adding the station, Bozeman can attract a wider variety of people into the city. Tesla owners crossing the country would have to go to Bozeman or Billings (if not both) if they wanted to go through Montana. And for local Bozemanites, owning a fully electric car has become much more feasible. Anyone looking to move to Bozeman now has fully electric alternatives to gasoline.

City of Bozeman Buys Land for Future Sports Complex

by Tim Hart

The City of Bozeman finalized the purchase of an 80-acre piece of land to build a new sports complex. They paid 2 million dollars for the land and will spend 7.5 million dollars in total to build the necessary infrastructure for such a complex. Bozeman plans on building 10 or 11 fields on 40 acres for the first stage of the project, followed by 7 or 8 more fields in the second phase. If private donors are able to raise enough money from private donations, then one of these fields would be turned into a turf field. The sports complex will cost half of the Park and Recreation Department’s budget, the most bond money given to any project like it. The sports complex will be in the same area as an aquatics center that has also been approved. The city will also improve the nearby roads to deal with future traffic, widening both Baxter Lane and Flanders Mill Road. Local residents can now look forward to a new place to pass the football, shoot hoops, or throw a Frisbee.

Real Estate Prices Rise by 8.8 percent in US

by Tim Hart

Realty Biz News reported that real estate prices in the United States have risen by 8.8 percent in 12 months. Prices have also been steadily increasing for around the three years. Every single state noted a marked increase in real estate prices. Hawaii, Nevada, California, New York, Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alaska saw the most improvement, with several of those states hitting new all time highs. These price increases have greatly benefited anyone looking to sell their land or home.

 

Source: http://janaviktoria.realtytimes.com/announcements1/item/29395-u-s-real-estate-prices-up-8-8-year-on-year-and-why-the-housing-market-is-hot

US Forest Service Acquires Sourdough Trailhead

by Tim Hart

The Sourdough Trailhead has new ownership. The US Forest Service, and specifically the Gallatin National Forest, has acquired the trailhead after seven years of negotiations. The previous owners, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, donated the 5.9 acre piece of property containing the trailhead. Since 2005, they had put almost $200,000 into the infrastructure of the trailhead, improving recreational facilities and safety issues. Now, trail-goers will have unlimited access into the Custer-Gallatin National Forest from that trailhead because of the ownership change. In addition, putting such a trail under forest service watch will guarantee the preservation of Sourdough Trail for many years to come. One of the most popular trails in Bozeman, the trail sees a plethora of daily visitors and has become part of the lifestyle of all homeowners in the Sourdough/Kagy area. Visitors may not notice a difference between ownership. But they may notice their own peace of mind, knowing the land is now public, and that it won’t be in danger of development anytime soon.

Gallatin County Fair Sees Huge Attendance Spike

by Tim Hart

This year’s Gallatin County Fair saw a large attendance spike compared to last year. The fair saw a 64 percent increase in tickets sold compared to 2013. Such a large percentage increase could be influenced by a variety of factors. Weather, obviously, can drastically affect the crowd turnout, as well as new exciting acts coming to town with the fair. But these factors cannot account for such a large increase. Perhaps the growth of Bozeman has increased the population the fair can draw from. Other events have also seen an increase in popularity in the last few years, including Sweet Pea and Music on Main. Bozemanites continue to show great pride in their local culture and events, and they seem to come to community-building events in stronger numbers every year.

In early June, the Bozeman City commission approved plans to partner with the YMCA to build a new aquatics center in Bozeman. The YMCA plans to build the land at Vaquero Parkway, a piece of land they already own. City commissioners approved the partnership, voting 3-2 in favor. The city also had the choice of either building the aquatics center at Rose Park with the YMCA, or without them, but instead chose to partner with them and build it near Regional Park. Regional park also provides locals with amazing opportunities such as the Dinosaur Park, two ponds, a beach and other facilities. The new aquatic center will only add to the fun and utility of this Bozeman park.

Residential building permits and rising utility connections continue to suggest rapid growth in Bozeman. From 2008 until 2013, Bozeman dealt with around 200 residential building permits per year. In 2014, the City of Bozeman Department of Community Development expects more than 1,000 permits to be given. Other than last year, the last time residential building permits reached more than 1,000 permitted buildings in a year was 2005.

Bozeman is also beating other Montana cities for new electric and gas connections. As of early June, Bozeman had 375 new electronic connections and 175 new gas connections. Billings paled in comparison, despite having the second highest number of new electronic connections with 100. To put the growth in perspective, compared to a high growth year in 2013, Bozeman has still doubled its average new electric connections per year in 2014.

 

Gallatin Gateway Inn Renovating and Reopening

by Tim Hart

Sparking the Rebirth of a Historic Inn

The new owners of one of Gallatin County’s most historic buildings, the Gallatin Gateway Inn, have begun work to reopen its doors for business. M&M Hospitality has started work renovating, restoring and upgrading the old Inn, looking to attract a modern clientele. New ownership has focused on renovating and renewing the building, but they will be doing so in a manner that keeps the building historically relevant and significant. So even though the new Gateway travelers may look a lot different than the customers who first visited the Inn in 1927, the views, the architecture and the experience can stay as impressive as ever.

Developers in Bozeman are looking to renovate the Cannery District, an industrial sector to the Northeast of town. Given its name from the old pea cannery that did business there in the early 1900’s, the district had been used almost solely for industrial use. Now, the developers of the area are looking to create a new hub of commercial activity. Plans include renovating the older buildings while also constructing 7 new buildings. Owners will be looking to strip the old buildings down to the bone, in order to get them back to their roots. They will also make the buildings more energy efficient, without losing the historical significance of the district. By project’s finish, the district should have 15 buildings in total that would cost roughly 15 million dollars. Tenants have already been secured for many of the new buildings. Even now, coffee shops, breweries and restaurants have already moved into the district.

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