The creation of a Rural Improvement District is regulated by both Montana State Statute (Title 7, Chapter 12, Part 21) and guided by County Rural Improvement District Policy and Procedures(PDF, 2MB)(established in 1996), as a mechanism to help property owners self-fund various projects provided for in the statute.
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Rural Improvement District Policies and Procedures
The Special Districts Coordinator will assist residents in creating Rural Improvement Districts: Creating Petitions, Resolutions, Notices, Cost Estimates, Informational Meetings, and Coordinating County Departments
The Board of County Commissioners has statutory authority to create a District using the statutes set forth in Montana Code Annotated.
County Policy requires the proponents of the district to circulate a petition and acquire signatures representing 20% of the lots, tracts or parcels to be included within the proposed district.
Petition must include:
- Desired level of service to be performed by the District
- County Public Works will assist with cost estimates
- Properties benefiting from improvements/maintenance (to be included within the boundaries of the proposed District)
- Estimated cost of improvement/maintenance for each lot, tract or parcel
After the Petition is submitted:
- Special Districts Coordinator will verify the petition for accuracy and content
- A Resolution of Intention (unless all property owners sign petition) will be submitted to the Commission for consideration
- If the Commission declares their intent to create the district, a protest period is held for a period of not less than 30 days
- Protest may be submitted according to statute 7-12-2109
Action after Insufficient Protest to bar Proceedings:
- Public Hearing before Board of County Commissioners
- Resolution of Creation is presented to the Commission for their consideration
If Commission Creates District:
- A Public Hearing is held on the proposed Levying and Assessing of properties within the District
- A Resolution to Levy and Assess is presented and considered by the Commission
Rural Improvement District Funding
Rural Improvement Districts; Improvements, as defined in MCA 7-12-4102, may be made using local funds, the State of Montana InterCap Loan Program or Bonds, when appropriate. Debt shall be repaid through assessments placed upon property tax bills.
A maintenance fund for a Rural Improvement District is authorized through Title 7 Chapter 12, Part 2161
The Commission may set the maintenance budget for Districts once per year, prior to the first Monday in September, for the purpose of repairing, maintaining or preserving the improved road.