Property taxes in Missoula County are expected to go up.
Homeowners with a $200,000 house will likely see a $14.11 hike. County officials attribute part of the increase to a low mill levy value, which has hovered around 1 percent.
There are increased expenses in the general fund and sheriff's department. One is a new medical contract for the sheriff's office.
There's also a $250,000 outdoor recreation facility at the detention center, which the county is forced to build because of an ACLU lawsuit. It must also hire six new deputies to staff it, at a cost of more than $300,000.
Chief financial officer Andrew Czorny said, "We've kept taxes so low the last few years and the dam has sort of burst."
County commissioners are expected to adopt the $116 million budget next Wednesday.
That's a 0.9% increase over last year.