Wolf Point Herald

County Budget Adds Up To $3.14 Million Increase

The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, Tuesday, Sept. 30, that reflects a $3.14 million increase over last year’s budget, but not all is gloom as royalties paid to the county for oil and gas production have driven the mill rate down.
Commissioners Duane Ny-gaard and Jim Shanks voted to approve the budget with no discussion. Gary Macdonald was not present at the meeting.
The FY 2015 budget is for the period that began July 1 and continues through June 30, 2015.
The changes in the larger mill levies from last year are: general fund, from 66.66 last year down to 47.81; public safety, 45.06 last year down to 37.49; roads, 32.67 increases to 34.21 this year.
Clerk/Recorder Cheryl Hansen said non tax revenue went up, including oil and gas production and oil royalties.
The budget has a new fund for the $300 stipend paid to all full-time, permanent county employees.
“We budgeted $455,000, which is more than it actually is,” Hansen said. “That’s going to come from oil and gas production.”
Nygaard cited new commercial properties that have added to the tax base including the new grain elevator in Culbertson, the fertilizer plant that began production in Wolf Point about two years ago.
“Each year the amount they pay increases,” Nygaard said of new businesses.
Of the budget process, he said, “It’s complicated and hard to read that’s why it’s September when we get our final figures.”

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NHS Inductees

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Wolf Point High School has announced that five students were inducted into the Harstad Chapter of the National Honor Society, Monday, Sept. 29. The students met high standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character. They were screened by five faculty members. They are: Christina Dahl and LaRae Dahl, daughters of Connie and Wayne Dahl; David Knerr, son of Bruce and Gail Knerr; Isaac Remington, son of Mary Lou Remington; and Trinity Whitmus, daughter of Jeff and Donna Whitmus. (Submitted photo)

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Ridding The Field Of Pests

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In an attempt to reduce the attendance of mosquitoes at Wolves home games, the Wolf Point School District sprayed the football field, Thursday, Sept. 24.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Informational Meetings About Jail Bond Planned

The Roosevelt County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office will hold five public informational presentations on the public safety addition and remodeling project for the Sheriff’s Office and  Detention Center in Wolf Point, Poplar, Culbertson, Bainville and Froid, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 14-16.
Voters will consider the bond issue in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Questions and comments will be welcome.
The meeting locations, dates and times are as follows:
•Wolf Point: Roosevelt County Senior Center, Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.
•Froid: fire hall, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m.
•Bainville: fire hall, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m.
•Poplar: American Legion, Thursday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m.
•Culbertson, Roosevelt County Complex, Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.
For additional information, contact the commissioners at 653-6246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sheriff Jason Frederick at 653-6216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jury No-Shows Tell Judge Why They Weren’t There

Four people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th Judicial District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24, ordered to show cause why they didn’t show up for jury duty.
They were among the 60 people who had been called for jury selection for a scheduled trial for Malinda Bibb, Thursday, Aug. 14. Too few showed up and Cybulski declared a mistrial.
A new trial for Bibb has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16.
Numerous others who had been called for the same jury pool could not be located.
Cybulski did not fine any of the four people but ordered them to fill out the questionnaires that are required of all perspective jurors and to furnish current addresses.
Some said they didn’t receive the letter and one said he forgot.
People who are excused by the court for cause may have to serve jury duty another time.
Jury pools are chosen randomly from voter, driver’s license and state identification card lists.
Montana code allows for a maximum fine of $50 for people who are summonsed for jury duty who willfully [and not excused by the court] fail to show up.
The jurisdiction of state courts does not include tribal members, but tribal members are called for district court jury duty.

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