By Katie Morrison Exlorebigsky.com Contributor

Madison County property owners
received a letter the week of Jan. 9,
describing the proposed expansion of
the Big Sky Mountain Trails, Recreation
and Parks Special District. The
Madison County Commission approved
the Resolution of Intent to expand
the district in September 2011,
and is conducting the mailer to act
consistently with Gallatin County,
which created a similar district this
past summer.
An interlocal agreement between the
two counties will allow the Big Sky
districts to be administered by one
board and one budget, serving the
greater Big Sky area. If passed, the
cooperative districts will not have
taxing authority. The intention is for
them to be self-funded and work together
with the Big Sky Community
Corporation and other recreational
entities to diversify funding opportunities.
The hearing for the final resolution of
the district and interlocal agreement
will be held Jan. 31 in Virginia City
at 2 p.m. All questions should be
directed to the County Commissioners’
Office at (406) 843-4277.