Bozeman City Hall

A look at Bozeman City Hall on Rouse Avenue.

Bozeman city commissioners adopted a budget Monday night for next year and voted to spend an additional $200,000 to help tackle the city’s affordable housing issue.

City Manager Andrea Surratt proposed a $200 million budget in April to outline city spending for 2020. Almost $40 million of that will go toward building the Bozeman Public Safety Center. City commissions can vote to make adjustments to the proposal and did so with a number of amendments.

Deputy Mayor Chris Mehl brought an amendment to tack on two mills to the city’s budget, which will equal roughly $217,000. That money will go toward the city’s workforce housing program to provide assistance for prospective home buyers.

Commissioner Terry Cunningham voted for the amendment that passed 4-1.

“This is in perfect alignment with our strategic plan,” Cunningham said.

The city manager’s office proposed a package of amendments to the budget. Those included adding $200,000 to pay for Bogert Pavilion repairs, adding $10,000 to pay for an election to decide on a parks and trails district and adding $25,000 to explore providing broadband internet throughout the city.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to accept the city manager’s amendments. Commissioner Jeff Krauss brought the motion to accept.

Mehl also proposed giving an additional $20,000 to Streamline, Bozeman’s free, public bus. In a prior meeting, Streamline Director Sunshine Ross said the $150,000 the city manager allotted in the proposed budget would not be enough.

Commissioners approved the additional money, which the service will use to redesign its bus routes. Ross said Streamline will be able to leverage the $20,000 to get a grant from the Montana Department of Transportation.

“It’s something that will be well-used for the next five to 10 years,” Mehl said.

The budget also outlines the city’s taxes and levies. Those won’t be final until September after officials receive property reappraisals from the Department of Revenue.

However, the average property owner with a 7,500-square-foot lot can expect about a $121 increase in taxes next year.

The final vote to adopt was unanimous. Mayor Cyndy Andrus said she is pleased with the overall budget because it invests in people.

“That to me is an important part of our organization and our community,” Andrus said.

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Cyndy Andrus and Bogert Pavilion.