Missoula Pursues Open Access Fiber for Jobs – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 112

Date: 19 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year’s Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. … Read More

Crowd of 1,400 Turns Out as Montana County Bans Big Boxes

Date: 20 Apr 2006 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A public hearing on a county ordinance to limit stores to 60,000 square feet got a late start because it had to be moved first to the middle school auditorium and then to the gymnasium to accommodate the throng of nearly 1,400 people who turned out.… Read More

Montana Considers Tax on Big-Box Stores

Date: 8 Feb 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“That giant sucking sound you hear coming from the edge of town is the sound of money being taken out of your community by big-box stores,” said Montana Senator Ken Toole, who has introduced a bill that would levy a tax on the state’s big-box stores. The bill would impose a progressive tax on stores with more than $20 million in annual sales. Revenue of $20 to $30 million would be taxed at 1 percent. The tax would rise to 1.5 percent for revenue in excess of $30 million and 2 percent for any revenue over $40 million.… Read More

Superstore Tax Narrowly Fails in Montana

Date: 1 Jul 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In April, the Montana legislature narrowly defeated a bill to levy a tax on the revenue of big box retailers. Supported by most Democrats and a handful of Republicans, the legislation would have imposed a 1 percent tax on the revenue of retailers with more than $20 million in annual sales, a 1.5 percent tax on those with more than $30 million in sales, and a 2 percent tax on those with over $40 million.… Read More

Bozeman Caps Size of Retail Stores

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February, the city of Bozeman, Montana, enacted an ordinance limiting retail stores to no more than 75,000 square feet. The measure makes permanent a temporary moratorium on construction of large retail stores in place for the past year. The ordinance was approved by a 3-2 vote of the City Commission and took effect on March 21.… Read More

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