More asks than money

Resort Tax set to make tough decisions for fall funding cycle safe and open

The Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) Fall Funding Cycle is set to have final appropriations by Nov. 12. after two meetings. This is the first year funding has been split into spring and fall, but COVID-19 presented so many unknowns that the board decided to show caution. With $4.25 million in requests and total funding available of $3.34 million, tough decisions will be made.

Requests are diverse and present a kind of roadmap to all the moving parts in the community: from childcare to the Gallatin River Task Force to a wildlife corridor study on Highway 191 and the Big Sky Community Housing Trust push for employee housing – a $1.4 million request for future projects.

The 40 year old local nonprofit Eagle Mount, an adaptive outdoor adventure program, is requesting funding for the first time.

“Overall, things are looking positive,” Resort Tax executive director Daniel Bierschwale said. “There’s a delta in what is available and what people are asking. There are some pretty big projects.”

In addition to the transition to spring and fall cycles this year, Resort Tax is also changing how it looks at funding and how they would like for community members to voice their support. While in the past people would write blanket letters commending certain organizations, Resort Tax is now asking those letters be project specific.

“We are actually going project by project instead of organization by organization,” he explained.

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