Montana Department of Commerce

Housing Prices
5:40 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Montana sees increase in median home prices

Real estate broker Alan Bock shows off a $375,000 home near Helena, which is about $175,000 more than the counties median price.
Credit Dan Boyce

Data released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Montana’s median home value moved up 5 percent in the two years after the Great Recession.

The statistics were gathered in the states nine most populous counties in the years 2010-2012 and were compared to the same figures from the recession years of 2007-2009. They show the state’s median price for owner-occupied households bumped up to $183,600 from $174,900 during the recession.

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Resort Tax
5:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Wolf Creek looking to implement resort tax

Wolf Creek-area resident Pat Hunter is leading efforts to implement a 3 percent resort tax in the community.
Dan Boyce

Some residents in the town of Wolf Creek are looking to change their tiny hamlet north of Helena into a resort. Or, at least, they are hoping to set up a resort tax.

Wolf Creek area resident Pat Hunter said the community needs extra money to clean up groundwater.

“The people in Wolf Creek would not be asking for a resort tax if they weren’t faced with the burden of putting in a sewer system that, quite frankly, they can’t afford,” Hunter said.

Hunter predicts the three percent resort tax would earn the community about $30 thousand dollars a year.

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