FLATHEAD JOINT BOARD OF CONTROL for the FLATHEAD, MISSION AND JOCKO IRRIGATION DISTRICTS
P.O. Box 639
St. Ignatius, Mt 59865
Fax: (406) 745-3090
On Tuesday, July 21, the Flathead Joint Board of Control (FJBC), as well as all three irrigation districts, voted unanimously to maintain the 2016 Operations and Maintenance tax assessments for the Flathead Irrigation Project at the current rate of $26 per acre. The BIA, as the interim Project Operator, had indicated via the Federal Register that they would be requesting an increase of $7.50 per acre. The FJBC requested budget information from BIA to determine the need for the dramatic increase and how they intended to use the nearly $1 million in additional funds. No information was provided to the FJBC, prompting them to maintain funding at current levels.
The FJBC needed to take action on the issue by August 3 to meet the deadline for getting the assessment on the tax statements. The deadline for public comment on the proposed increase requested by BIA is August 10. For information on how to comment, please contact the FJBC office at 745-2090.
FJBC Executive Manager
Note: Don’t forget to send comments concerning this issue to the BIA. See our recent post for additional information, including deadline and timing.