Conjecture and contingency plans were at the forefront of a recent Big Sky County Water and Sewer District 363 (BSCWSD) board meeting. Board members seek to navigate the complications of financing a sizable district project amidst the challenges of COVID-19.
The Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) Fall Funding Cycle is set to have final appropriations by Nov. 12. after two meetings. This is the first year funding has been split into spring and fall, but COVID-19 presented so many unknowns that the board decided to show caution.
COVID-19 has caused organizations to sift through budgets with prudence. Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) has asked for that kind of budgetary scrutiny from its applicants. The organization is holding itself equally as accountable.
Eleven years ago, very few people cared about what Big Sky teens thought about their hometown needs and politics mainly because there were no teens. But since Lone Peak High School opened its doors in 2009, the teen population in the area has gone from nearly zero to well over 100.
This story was updated August 13.
Big Sky School District #72 students will return to school with a plan that cuts every class in half for attendance purposes.
At the emergency Big Sky School District #72 board meeting on July 30 there were no final decisions about fall, but one thing was made clear: The board would like school to be in person. “The community would like us to be back in person, and we would like to be back in person to some capacity,” said Board Chairman Loren Bough.
The surveys are filtering in for the Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) after the FY21 Spring appropriations. Part of Resort Tax strategic planning is learning and adapting with community needs. Now with FY21 Fall appropriations on the horizon, the team is turning a keen eye on the survey results.
The Lee’s Pool Subdivision Public Hearing was originally scheduled Jan 29. The applicant, Moonlight Basin, requested to postpone this hearing to address topics in the staff report including a Geotech analysis, and resubmitted part eight of the preliminary plat which discussed a request for a stream construction setback reduction.
The wet conditions of this 4th of July provided a reprieve for the Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) during a time of year that typically has the organization on edge. Montana – with its legendary unpredictable weather – is a state that demands preparation. By next spring Big Sky will be better able to face fire season.
Over 10 hours of deliberations over the course of three days allowed Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) to distribute $2,513,372 with its FY21 Spring funding cycle.
Resort Tax Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale said the process went smoothly even with COVID–19 best practices in play.