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Queen And King


Culbertson Homecoming queen and king Samantha Fellman and Tony Williams shortly after they were announced during halftime.  (Photo by John Plestina)

Homecoming Royalty


The Culbertson/Bainville Homecoming royalty were presented on the football field at halftime. They are (from left to right) Abby Ator, Jacob Martin, Sierra Machart,Johnathen Hilde, Alexi Bidegarary,Ethan Hendrickson, Sheridan Martin, Triston Sun Rhodes, Mariah Machart, Micheal Azure, Summer Reidel, Patrick Butikofer, Samantha Fellman and Tony Williams.   (Photo by John Plestina)

Culbertson, Bainville Real Estate Driving Roosevelt County’s Higher Values

Whether there is a Bakken effect on local real estate or not, all property in Montana will be reassessed, but that might not translate to significant tax hikes, because higher valuation could force mill rates down.
That was a scenario presented during a public meeting held at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and another in Culbertson later the same day.
The Montana Department of Revenue traveled to Wolf Point, Culbertson and 16 other communities across Montana in advance of the 2015 reappraisal cycle to present the MDR’s “ Property Reappraisal Road Show,” which consisted of public informational sessions about how the state determines property values.
The sessions addressed the reappraisal cycle timeline and highlighted methods the MDR uses to determine market values of residential property, commercial and industrial property, agricultural land, and forest land. The sessions also highlighted key components and trends in housing values and illustrated how property tax dollars are used.
“The primary purpose of the road show is to help taxpayers understand the property tax system and help community leaders make informed policy decisions,” MDR director Mike Kadas said while in Wolf Point.
“We encourage anyone in Montana with an interest in property valuation, especially those who are experts in local housings markets, to attend the sessions,” he said.
Since 1972, Montana law has tasked the MDR with establishing values for all taxable property, ensuring that all classes of property are valued uniformly and equally throughout the state for fair and equitable taxation.
Kadas said the Montana Legislature is concerned about shifting tax burdens between residential, commercial and agricultural properties. He said lawmakers could pass legislation in January mitigating the concerns.
Kadas stressed the MDR only determines values and local governments set mill rates based on local need, and higher values do not necessarily mean there would be a higher local need for revenue.
“If there’s a valuation increase, there’s probably going to be a tax increase,” he said, but added that mill levies could decrease as a result.
“Every place [city and county] has its own unique answer about what is going to happen,” Kadas said.
A chart for possible changes in market value in Roosevelt County that was provided by the MDR shows 43.53 percent increase in the median home price in Roosevelt County, but MDR Region 2 manager Charles Pankratz said that increase is driven by the east end of the county, much more so than Wolf Point and Poplar.
“The eastern side of the county will be effected more than the western side of the county,” James Johnson of Wolf Point’s AG Land Realty said.
“The tax appraisals are separate from a true lender’s appraisal. The typical tax appraisals have been lower,” he added.
An attempt to reach Shane Gibson of Northern Prairie Realty was unsuccessful.
Property owners will receive valuation notices in June or early July 2015. Most will show valuation increases.
“Wolf Point is a different model than Culbertson and Bainville,” Pankratz said.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Sept. 25

(Editor’s note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Sept. 22, Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Monday, Sept. 22:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;  
•Daniel Bressler, 19, Billings, arrested on a bench warrant;
•Michael Conant, 34,  McCabe, partner/family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer;
•Scott Crain, 27 Froid, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and misdemeanor criminal mischief;
•John Dighans, 37, Poplar, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Malcolm Goodbird, 44, Poplar, federal warrant, held and transported to Great Falls;
•Tina Houim, 50, Tioga, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI;
•Bruce Johnson, 57, Poplar, probation and parole violation;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out of county warrant;
•Nicolas Rios, 35; Wolf Point, federal warrant, held and transported to Great Falls;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Jared Weyrauch, 29, Wolf Point, probation and parole violation;
•Barry Wilson, 44, warrant for failure to do two days time;  
•Jason Wisespirit, 34, Poplar, tribal hold.

‘Minion’ Dress Up Day


Culbertson School had a “minion” dress up day last week in observance of Homecoming week.  (Submitted photo)