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Montana Decides: If It Moves (or Doesn't), Tax It

Most of you recall the famous quote from Ronald Reagan, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Yes, that means real property as well, which tends to not move but is taxed to help cover the costs of running schools and local governments.

My last article, “When You Find Yourself In a Hole Stop Digging” which is still available at if you have not read it, raised awareness of a potential spending issue for the county. This article will t...


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