Coalition for Local Government Study (Missoula, Mont.) Records 1962-1983

Coalition for Local Government Study (Missoula, Mont.).


1.5 linear ft.
Includes correspondence, research materials, board minutes, and records of committees.
The Coalition for Local Government Study in Missoula, Mont., formed a sixteen-member executive board. This brought together eight members representing the city of Missoula and eight members representing the county to discuss the question of consolidating Missoula's city and county governments. This followed on the heels of the 1974-1976 local government review board mandated by the 1972 Montana state constitution. Tom Gorczynski was chosen as the chairman of the board. Two hundred seventy-one people joined the general assembly to study the effects of the joining the city and county governments. The executive board formed administrative committees, including policy, public relations, steering, and transition committees. The entire coalition membership was invited to join the four task forces, local government forms, representation, services, and taxation, to discuss the study. The study looked for alternative forms of city and county government including consolidated, self-government powers, and commission-executive form of government. The study concluded with the Home Rule Charter, which established a single county-wide government to replace the present separate city and county governments. The Home Rule Charter was voted on by the citizens of Missoula and Missoula county in the 1983 general election and defeated.
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