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As a 30-year Gallatin County resident and six-year resident of Bozeman, I support the Gallatin County District Court Bond. The cost of the bond is modest compared to its many benefits.

The county commission heeded the community’s request to narrowly target a proposal for a safe, efficient space to meet the county’s court system needs. Relocating the sheriff and staff to an excellent location in Four Corners, the commissioners focused their attention on the district court. Since the current building is structurally unsound, does not meet building codes, lacks a sprinkler system, is non-ADA compliant, and is too small for our growing county, retrofitting the current building was not an option.

The proposed Gallatin County Courts Building will provide space for a sorely needed fourth district court judge, recently approved by the governor. Activities such as applying for a marriage license, requesting an adoption, addressing family law issues, settling civil claims, and conducting criminal proceedings are some of the many responsibilities of the county justice system.

What will it cost? Remarkably, the cost is moderate, about $30-$80 annually for 20 years based on your property’s assessed value, not its market value. For more information, access: Yearly, the cost decreases with more property owners added to the county’s tax base. Once the paid, the bond’s tax ends.

Speaking of bonds, the bond market is working in our favor since government bonds like this are in demand. The architectural design is complete, and the construction company is ready to act. The return on investment makes this bond is an excellent deal for county taxpayers, county residents, and county employees. In the service of justice in our county, vote for the Gallatin County District Court Bond on your mailed ballot, due election day, Nov. 2.

Patti Steinmuller


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