Every ten years since 1948, Montana voters are asked to continue a mill levy to support the Montana University System (MUS). At present the levy sits at 6 mills, or $200 million in property taxes over 10 years. The full text of LR-128 can be found here.
The University System behaves in the same manner that we see from all governmental agencies: Ever asking for more money, but never moving toward self-sustainability. With no incentive to model itself financially after viable private institutions, MUS simply continues its march down the path of increased spending and capital debt acquisition. The costs of this fiscal irresponsibility are borne by Montana property owners, already squeezed by the hearty appetites of local government.
With zero discussion of MUS examining operational efficiencies and patterning itself long-term for profitability, here are just a few of the more glaring reasons we oppose LR-128:
Graduation rates from MUS are low.
MUS needs to come of age. Until it is willing to prioritize constitutional rights and put Montana resident students first in a fiscally responsible manner, we recommend a NO vote on LR-128.
Timothy Adams and Steven Jones, Co-Founders of Montanans Against Higher Taxes, contributed to this blog entry. Visit their web site for more information. http://www.nohightaxesmt.com
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Kathy Kay, Treasurer
PO Box 1154, Lolo, MT 59847