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New Red Lodge Resort Tax Rules Explained

At last night’s City Council meeting, the new resort tax ordinance #901 passed with little fanfare. The gist of the regulations remain the same: The tax rate is 3%, it applies to transactions within the City limits, and it is intended to apply to luxury items, not necessities of life. If you wish to read… Read More ›

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Snow removal: Red Lodge rules and regulations

Life is much easier when everybody plays by the same set of rules. Unfortunately, there are times when the rules change out from under us and we don’t notice. Ideally, everybody would be following the City Council meetings and keeping close notes on decisions by the County Commissioners, but few of us actually do so…. Read More ›

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Montana Roadkill 2013

by Emory Robinson A website — which went live on Tuesday — allows Montana residents to apply for free permits to salvage carcasses of certain game animals after they’ve wandered into the roadway and met with a vehicle. Yes, you read that correctly. You are now able to collect roadkill for human consumption. This law,… Read More ›

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HB 168 – Marijuana and DUI in Montana

Montana has been viewed, at least in this writer’s eyes, as one of the last free and wide-open states in the union. This is due, in some part, to the lag in the reformation of laws regarding certain public health and safety issues. Montana mottos such as “smoke in the bars and drink in your… Read More ›

Resort Tax

Red Lodge Resort Tax Review, Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1 two weeks ago, the City of Red Lodge is currently reviewing the resort tax ordinance and making changes to it. When a proposed new version of the ordinance was released, a lot of merchants — and taxpayers — were pretty upset about it. I wrote a letter to the… Read More ›

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Re-Defining Beer in Montana

Our state government is changing the meaning of the word “beer,” and I support them. A surprising thing, as I’m generally not a big fan of government legislation affecting the way I drink, but in this case, they’re actually toning down the law and providing us with more personal freedom. House Bill 400 (cleverly titled… Read More ›