County commissioners from across Montana attending annual meeting

GREAT FALLS — The annual Montana Association of Counties conference in Great Falls this week is connecting county commissioners from across the Treasure State.

“It travels around, so to speak, in each of our major towns: Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Billings, Kalispell,” said Jim Hart, MACo president and Madison County Commissioner.

The 110th annual event brought more than 100 commissioners and vendors to the Heritage Inn.

Hart says during the conference, commissioners talk about issues facing leaders at the county level. Three of the main topics Hart listed were taxes, roads, and economy and housing.

State representative Llew Jones spoke during a luncheon on taxes.

“He talked about how one of the big things legislatures or commissioners get elected on is lowering taxes. That’s a dilemma. How are you going to lower taxes and still provide services?” Hart said.