The Helena City Commission will discuss and set direction for several major budget items this Wednesday. This will include the dedication of half a million dollars of gas tax revenue for road projects (item 5a-public works), the disposition of $1.89 million dollars in revenue for a tax settlement with telecommunication companies (item 5a-admin services), and exploring next steps to fund accessible walking and biking infrastructure in Helena.
In regards to the use of one time funds from the recent tax settlement, I will be supporting the funding of a railroad quiet zone, a pedestrian bridge over Henderson near the rail underpass, a capital fund to match grants, funds for emergency services, and a conservation fund to help setup a voluntary district for residents to invest in alternative energy and water conservation. I also look forward to proposals from other commissioners and your suggestions.
For the use of gas tax funds, I hope the Commission will support funding safety improvements and green storm water management along Front Street to compliment a million dollar plus project by other city utilities (details and pictures here), as well as establishing a four-way stop at Joslyn, Leslie and Country Club.
- Matt E
Matthew Elsaesser, Commissioner
City of Helena, Montana, USA