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The collection contains records from the Montana local government study commissions from across the state in 1975-1976. The cities and counties that are represented in the collection have the final drafts of their study proposals that the citizens voted on. The Missoula City-County coalition study has the most specific information included in the collection. Many of the other city-county studies only have the final draft of their proposal and not the research on which they used in their decision.
According to the 1972 Montana state constitution, if the citizens of the 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 countygovernments should be combined. In 1976 the first statewide local government study commissions were formed. Across Montana, the citizens of cities and counties researched their local governments to decide if combining the governments would be of benefit to them. In 1976, the State Commission on Local Government formed to analyze the different data in the cities and counties, each of whom gave their final recommendations to the board and ultimately to the voters.
Finding aid available in the repository and on the Internet.