MT Board Handbook cover  

Montana County Board Handbook, 2023

The Montana County Board Handbook is an essential resources for all those serving on county boards, districts, commissions and committees. 

Montana Municipal Officials Handbook  

Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, 3rd Edition

The Montana Municipal Officials Handbook is a great resource for all of Montana's elected and appointed municipal officials. 


Exploration of Local Government Options for the Community of Big Sky, Montana - May 2018

The Local Government Center researched and reported local governance options for the community of Big Sky, Montana. 




FY 2011 Final Survey  

FY 2011 Municipal Salary & Benefits Survey

Dan Clark and Steven Swinford, PhD. 

The Local Government Center and Dr. Steven Swinford, Associate Professor of Sociology, conducted an Employee Salary and Benefits Survey for Montana's cities and towns for Fiscal Year 2011. The survey results are now available online in four PDF documents. The first includes all of the data, the second includes the data on class 1 and 2 cities only, the third includes only the data on class 3 cities, and the fourth includes only the data on towns.


FY 2007 County Salary   

FY 2007 County Salary & Benefits Survey

The Local Government Center and Dr. Steven Swinford, Associate Professor of Sociology, conducted an Employee Salary and Benefits Survey for Montana's County governments for Fiscal Year 2007. The survey results are now available in a 50-page spiral bound book. June 2007.

* Hard Copy Available from LGC

 City Attorney  

City Attorney Survey 2006

Survey Regarding the Employment Status of Montana's City Attorneys.

During a May 2006 meeting of Montana's mayors, the Local Government Center was asked to conduct a statewide survey about the employment of city attorneys. 101 out of 129 municipalities responded. September 2006.

 Fiscal Impacts  

Fiscal Impacts of Alternative Development Patterns: Broadwater and Gallatin Counties, MT.

Mark Haggerty.

Paper details two county fiscal impact studies in Southwest Montana. In both studies the findings are clear: farmland and open space provide local governments with a surplus of revenue from property taxes and other revenue sources while residential development drains local government coffers. October 1997






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Montana Policy Review reports the results of the applied research programs sponsored by a variety of state and local government agencies and conducted by the Local Government Center. The Montana Policy Review is published by the Center twice yearly and circulated without charge to every unit of county and municipal government, all legislators and every public library in the state.


The strength of a rural community lies in its citizens. Building a network of local leaders has many benefits for Montana, including increased involvement in community affairs, ability to address concerns collectively, and a greater shared understanding of issues facing the state.


Energy development in the Williston Basin is dramatically transforming parts of northeastern Montana, and the impacts are felt across the region.


With recent population shifts and declines, diminishing funding from state and federal sources, and an aging populace, important transformations are occurring across the landscape of Montana.


Creating a Culture of Ethics and Integrity in Montana's Law Enforcement Community

This issue deals with policy, issues, concerns, and the history of public health in the state of Montana.


Includes articles on land use planning, growth management, making growth pay for itself, federal cropland protection, dealing with fires in Montana's wildland urban interface.


Deals with issues of tax reform, CI-75, resort taxes, implementation of CHIP, and trends in Montana local government.


Includes articles on Child Care Capacity, CHIP, School Lunch Program, Mean Spirited Politics, and the New West Boom Towns.


Includes articles concerning patterns for change; local government review, fiscal impacts of alternative development patterns, welfare reform, and property tax trends in Montana.


This issue deals with property taxes and school finances, equalization, taxes from an agricultural perspective and the property tax freeze and other proposals.


Topics include reform issues facing Montana, tracking success, block grants, FAIM, welfare reform capacity of county government, Not-for-Profit's viewpoint, and time for action.


Fiscal impacts of different land uses; Ecosystem Management and Planning; Devolution; and Governing use of Natural Resources.





A comprehensive data base describing the demographic, fiscal and structural characteristics of each unit of local government in Montana. Profiles are published in January each year and distributed without charge to every legislator, all units of local government and all public libraries in the state. The data base also serves to track indicators of change in the fiscal health of local government and is an invaluable research aid to academic and governmental researches.