The Big Sky Resort Area District tax board has approximately $6 million* of funds to allocate this year, and 24 organizations are requesting $5.9 million, including rollovers from the previous year.

*Approximately $6 million will be available if the board uses the district’s $1.3 million sinking fund and if April through June revenue meets projections.

Which three organizations or projects are the most important to fund and why?

406_Ryan_BlechtaRyan Blechta, Big Sky
“I think the fire department, BSCO [Big Sky Community Organization] … and Morningstar. I believe the resort tax was set up for [organizations like] the Big Sky Fire Department; BSCO because it keeps visitors happy and [provides] activities for our visitors. Morningstar because basically everybody here has kids and we need to have somewhere for our kids to go while we are at work.”



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Bayard Dominick, Big Sky
“I think affordable housing is a huge issue. This is sort of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get something started … I think the work that the [BSCO] does in terms of its focus on safety and pedestrian transportation is a great thing as well … Obviously, the work that the Chamber and Visit Big Sky does in terms of what it’s doing generating business [is important].”



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Helena Groves, Belgrade
“I think the BSRAD board should scrap the highway monuments. I think it’s not the best use of community funds and also I think the pedestrian tunnel could maybe be tabled until we have more affordable housing for the local workforce. I’m a big fan of trail and park expansion [and] the Big Sky Fire Department is pretty essential. I’m obviously a big proponent of the Community Housing Trust. The Visit Big Sky kiosks I’m a little bit uncertain about … I heard that they were up and taken down. I’m obviously all for marketing in Big Sky, but almost $100,000 for them is a lot.”