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Montana counties, governor spar over property tax that funds schools

The Montana Association of Counties has argued Gov. Greg Gianforte should have scaled back a fixed-rate property tax that equalizes school funding between rich and poor districts.

Months of finger-pointing between state-level Republicans and local government leaders over who to blame for rising property taxes escalated last week as the lobbying organization that represents county governments sent a late-night press release that, among other points, singled out Gov. Greg Gianforte's personal property tax bill.

The release, sent by the Montana Association of Counties at 8:30...


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