August 29, 2017
For immediate release:
GALLATIN COUNTY CLAIMS BOZEMAN ILLEGALLY ENACTED
SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Gallatin County filed a seven-count complaint in the 18th District Court on
Tuesday, alleging that the City of Bozeman, among other things, violated
statutory law in enacting SID 740. The SID was created by the Bozeman
City Commission on April 17, 2017. The City of Bozeman claims Gallatin
County must pay over $1.1 million ($1,110,132.26) to the City for street
improvements in the vicinity of the Regional Park.
For over 18 months Gallatin County attempted to negotiate with the City
regarding street improvements around the Regional Park. On April 10,
2017, as part of Gallatin County’s protest against the SID, Deputy Gallatin
County Attorney Erin Arnold presented a memo to the Bozeman City
Commission outlining the County’s legal concerns. On August 1, 2017,
Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert sent a draft of the County’s
complaint to Bozeman City Attorney Greg Sullivan.
Gallatin County Commission Chairman Don Seifert expected to discuss the
County’s draft complaint at a meeting with Mayor Carson Taylor and
Deputy Mayor Cyndy Andrus on August 18, 2017. The City representatives
declined to address the County’s concerns during the meeting.
Commissioner Seifert offered the following: “We’ve laid out our legal
concerns over this SID for months. Regrettably, we have seen no action by
the City to address those concerns or try to negotiate a mutually agreeable
solution. The first invoice for the SID will be sent to us in October. It’s time
for Gallatin County to act to protect our taxpayers”.
Contact person: Commissioner Don Seifert – (406) 582-3000;