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Budget Passes Without Bumps

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After more than half a year, Flathead County's $81.2 million budget passed.

The Flathead County Commissioners voted this morning at 10:00 a.m. to pass the proposal after asking--without an answer--three times for any public comment.

According to survey results distributed by the county at the meeting, most of the revenue the budget relies on comes from property tax, making up almost half of all revenue.

Pam Holmquist, a Flathead County Commissioner, says she is impressed all the department heads gave financially reasonable projections to the budget.

Overall, this means staying just under a two percent increase over last year's budget totals.

"'It's a long process," said Holmquist, "and we're just glad that it's over. We'll probably start again in a few months on the next cycle."

Holmquist has worked as a Flathead County Commissioner for nearly two and a half years and she says she has not seen much public input on the county's budget proposals in that time.

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