EQC votes to move forward with draft bill for conservation district funding
July 20, 2022
MACD has continued to work on a long-term funding solution for conservation districts. At the July 19th meeting of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC), the Council voted to move forward with the draft bill on conservation district funding.
This draft bill – which can be found in the legislative report title ‘Eroding Funds: HJ27 Study of Financing Conservation Districts’ would increase the total funding in the conservation districts account (managed by the MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) from around $3.1 million to $6 million. Conservation districts would still receive funding from coal severance taxes, with marijuana taxes making up the difference to reach a total of $6 million annually. Additionally, the bill also includes inflation adjustment in accordance with the procedures available to other local governments.