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State Supreme Court will stay out of property tax initiative case

Montana’s Supreme Court will allow a block to continue on signature gathering for a proposed constitutional initiative that would cap property taxes in the state.

State Supreme Court justices declined to get involved in the case and wrote that the district court will be able to resolve the dispute.

Bozeman attorney Matthew Monforton had asked the state’s high court to reverse a district court decision that temporarily blocked signature gathering needed to put the initiative on the next ballot.

Montana’s union for public employees and several private business owners filed the initial lawsuit over the initiative, saying Montana’s attorney general and secretary of state didn’t properly vet the proposal before allowing signature gathering to start.

The suit cites a law passed during the 2021 legislative session regulating the ballot initiative process.

Another hearing for the case is set for later this month in Lewis and Clark District Court.

Shaylee began covering state government and politics for Montana Public Radio in August 2020. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, she graduated from the University of Montana’s journalism program and previously worked as a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and UM’s Legislative News Service. Please share tips, questions and concerns by emailing