By Joseph T. O’Connor Explore Big Sky Senior Editor
BIG SKY – In a campaign to decide who would sit on the Big Sky Resort Tax Board, voters named Heather Budd and Virginia Hermann as four-year term board members and Jeff Strickler as the two-year member, according to unofficial results released by the Gallatin County Election Department on Nov. 5.
Voters faced two separate categories on the mail-in ballots: two new members for four-year terms and one member for a two-year term.
Running for a four-year term, Budd received 299 votes and Hermann received 277, placing them in the two available seats. Robert Shanks (92 votes) and Hans Williamson (193 votes) were also on the ballot.
Dr. Jeffrey Strickler was the lone candidate running for a two-year term, the first two of which he has served since 2011. He joins Jamey Kabisch, Mike Scholz, Budd and Hermann as representatives for the five RTB seats.
Official results are expected to be released after 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, according to Gallatin County Elections Administrator Charlotte Mills.
The next meeting of the Resort Tax Board is Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. All RTB meetings are open to the public.