7.5 linear ft.
The collection contains documentation of the commissions' study and their proposed revisions to city and county government, which voters rejected in 1976 -- It contains minutes of their joint and separate meetings, correspondence with local and state officials and communications with other study commissions around Montana, the position papers and statements of individuals serving on the commissions, voting records, reports on the activities of committees, and the final charter and reports produced by the commissions.
According to the 1972 Montana state constitution, if the citizens of both the county and the city decree, a coalition will be formed every ten years to study the local government structure to determine if the city and county governments should be combined. In 1976 the first statewide Local Government Study Commissions were formed. In Missoula, member of the County Local Government Study Commission were Audra Browman, Alice Campbell, Becki Deschamps, Elmer Frame, Kit Johnson, Nancy Orr, and John Toole. Members of the City Local Government Study Commission were Paul Crowley, Barbara Evans, Doug Hansen, Nancy St. John, Margot Talbot, Don Weston, and Kim Williams. After reviewing the city and county governments, as both separate and joint commissions, the commissions together recommended that Missoula's city and county governments consolidate. Voters rejected this at the 1 June 1976 election.
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