DEQ issues Montana Tunnels mine reclamation ultimatum | Local
In August 2017, Imeson said that funding for the Montana Standard would be secured in the fall of that year.
Meanwhile, the company owes Jefferson County about $ 4.9 million in back taxes on mine property and an additional $ 2.8 million in mining taxes, according to Jefferson County Treasurer Terri Kunz.
The county has worked diligently to get what is owed since 2009, Kunz said, and is now in the process of trying to take control of the tax deed for mine ownership. The county is working with the DEQ to see if it can be done without taking responsibility for the cleanup, Kunz said.
In the meantime, the county is mine-free which some say, including Mark Thompson, vice president of Montana Resources in Butte, has real potential, and is left with a massive shortage of funding for essential parts of the community.
“These taxes would be a boon for schools and firefighters. It would make a huge difference to them. Their budgets have been tight every year since 2009, because these taxes go unpaid, ”Kunz said.
Jefferson County Commissioner Leonard Wortman said Montana tunnels would be among the county’s top taxpayers – if the company paid its taxes.
“Schools are the biggest losers from the deal,” he said.
Imeson said the company will pay these taxes. However, he said they are tied to the same long-term funding promise. The security of the bond due for the reclamation and the $ 7.5 million in taxes owed will likely depend on the security of the $ 145 million his company hopes to acquire from an investment bank for expansion. , did he declare.