Resort tax

Clarity and transparency

Alcohol and tobacco tax – known as sin tax – has been bouncing in and out of Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board (Resort Tax) meetings as a long and tedious dance – the taxable definition amended in the taxability ordinance one year and then altered again a few years later.

An overcast day in Helena, the Legislature has been hashing-out hot button topics like sage grouse protection and concealed carry in the House chamber before the second reading of SB 241.

One more hurdle

Senate Bill 241 is now heading to the Gov. Steve Bullock's desk after making it past the third reading on the House floor with a vote of 71-29 on April 9 and past the second reading at the Montana House of Representatives by a vote of 75-24 on April 8. 

Resort tax roundup

The Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board meeting on January 9 covered a lot of ground. The board sifted through updates on the Big Sky Community Strategic Plan, staffing structure, and communicating their legislative efforts effectively. Here’s a glimpse of the discussions.

Big Sky Community Strategic Plan

Attorneys and taxes

The decision was made at the December 21 Big Sky Resort Area District Board of Directors meeting to move forward in drafting legislation with Taylor Luther Group, PLLC that – if approved at the legislative session – would raise the threshold of resort tax at the state level from three to four percent.

Resort tax talk

Highlights of the December 12 Big Sky Resort Area Tax District board meeting include fees for paper remittances, changes in staffing structure and developments in resort tax legislation. We know not everyone can make these meetings, so here’s a rundown on what was covered.

Paper remittance fee begins Feb. 1

While the allocation meeting proceeded inside, just across the highway a herd of cow elk and their calves struggled to negotiate the Gallatin River. Then as the meeting let out, some who attended drove over to watch as cow elk braved the water to be reunited with their young.

From tourist wallets

It’s the closest thing Big Sky has to a city council budget meeting—the annual resort tax allocation, held on June 18 at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Jamey Kabisch, chair of the resort tax board, kicked things off, saying, “Let’s go through the funds available.”

Resort tax round table

In response to the last Big Sky Resort Area Tax Board’s subcommittee meeting held earlier this month, Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton attended the second annual Resort Tax Summit, offering his two cents on the question of whether private club membership dues should be subject to the 3 percent resort tax.

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