The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Whitehall Ledger 

WTIF board accepting 2020 applications


The Whitehall Tax Increment Financing District (WTIF) will begin accepting applications July 1 for their 2020 grant cycle.

Formed in 2012, the WTIF is an Urban Renewal program created to foster the revitalization and economic development of the downtown area and surrounding areas. The WTIF is managed by a five-member board consisting of elected officials and community members. The district uses funds collected for a variety of reasons including prevention, rehabilitation or elimination of blighted areas, to improve the economic vitality of the community and infrastructure development.

Board Member Alison Richardson is excited about this year's applications and has hopes of seeing an influx of improvements on Legion Avenue.

When discussing possible projects for 2020, Richardson discussed a high-priority project that would extend a sidewalk to Jefferson Fresh Foods.

She added they will be keeping the application process open all-year, as long as they have funds.

"It's going to be exciting to see how successful this year is. We are looking for some great things to happen," she said.

Among the highlights from 2019 grants listed by Richardson included work on the façade at the Chief Motel and the sidewalks at Full Circe Tire.

Matching funds up to $5,000 will be awarded as well as $2,000 for non-matching funds.

The Chief Hotel was one of the 2019 recipients.

Grant requests are due July 10 to be considered during the first round and will be reviewed on a monthly basis thereafter.

Applications are available at town hall.

Richardson said those with questions should contact a board member.

Board Members

Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh 406-579-8053

Council President Roy McBride 406-490-3251

Ward 2 Council Member Katy James 406-431-4149

Bridget Morse 406-490-0645

Alison Richardson 406-287-3282


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