The 2017 appropriation cycle is coming up. Applications are due October 31, 2017. The final available tax collected will not be known until later in the fall but roughly $500,000 is collected annually. All money directly benefits the Gardiner Tax District.

Per the initial ballot language
, there are set distributions that include:
  • 5% district operations
  • 5% reimbursed to business collecting
  • 10% property tax relief (credit on bill)
  • 10% visitor center operations
  • 15% visitor center capital grant
The ballot allocates remaining funds to be awarded to applicants for:
  • 5% community services and cultural grants
  • 50% infrastructure/community development
The board appropriates this money through an application process every year.

Who can apply? Any governmental unit, nonprofit corporation, or association that can be legally bound by the Agreement.

How to apply? Application copies are available at the Chamber Visitor Center or online at on the FAQS&FORMS tab.

Applicants are asked to attend the November meeting for Board Q&A. Public comments are also requested at this meeting. Appropriations are made at the December meeting.  More questions? Call 848-1005, email, or visit The public is welcome and encouraged to attend monthly board meetings. Dates are announced in the Chamber Newsletter and the Livingston Enterprise.

Since the District collected over $500,000 in 2016, an independent financial audit was required by Montana state law (in the 2017 legislative session, that amount was raised to $750,000 for future years). The audit was conducted by a state-approved Certified Public Accountant who reviewed accounting practices and activity. A paper copy is available at the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce for public review. 

View the report online...
We're excited to announce the projects that were funded with money collected over the 2016 summer season. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers in our community doing such good work!

Gateway Hose Company Fire & Ambulance

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)  $63,480

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Community Center Renovation Grant Writer  $12,083

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Community Center Entry/Foyer Renovation Design  $33,276

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Community Center Hazardous Materials Abatement  $107,450

Electric Peak Arts Council
Youth Initiative  $1,950

Electric Peak Arts Council
Shakespeare in the Parks 2017 $1,300

Electric Peak Arts Council
Stage Curtains  $5,589

Bear Creek Council
Bear Aware Trash Bins  $12,514

Gardiner Water District
Hydrant Replacement  $53,400

The following is a summary of projects submitted for funding from 2016 taxes collected. Summaries are provided by the applicants. The board will have a Q&A meeting on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at the Gardiner Chamber to learn more. Appropriation decisions will be made at the December meeting.

Gateway Hose Company Fire & Ambulance
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)  $63,480
SCBA units are mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recognized by all Standard setting fire authorities (NFPA). These units are required when possible hazardous respiratory conditions exist such as smoke inhalation during structural/vehicle fires or harmful inhalation during overhaul operations, propane gas releases and working in confined spaces.

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Community Center Renovation               $750,000
This project will stabilize, restore, and modernize the Gardiner Community Center, maintaining its historic character while making it usable for the 21st century.

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Community Center Entry/Foyer Renovation Design   $33,276
This project will develop a design to provide a handicap accessible entrance to the facility with handicap accessible restrooms and a wheel chair lift. The plan will include construction documents, project budget, and timeline for the proposed renovation.

Greater Gardiner Community Council
Project Name: Community Center Hazardous Materials Abatement        $107,450
This project will develop a plan for the abatement of known hazardous materials in the Gardiner Community Center. This will be for the removal of hazardous materials identified in 2015. The plan will include hazardous material abatement documents, project budget, timeline for the proposed hazardous material abatement, and abatement oversight.

Spay Neuter Project
2017 Spay and Neuter Gardiner Initiative         $500
Provide a low-cost option for spay or neuter and/or vaccination services for underserved pet and free roaming/feral cat and dog populations within the Gardiner Resort Area District.

Electric Peak Arts Council
Youth Initiative         $1,950
Electric Peak Arts Council is working to create a youth initiative that will include in-school workshops, free admission to shows for students and a performance/workshop chosen in coordination with a student group. Increasing youth participation in arts program was one of the major priorities identified in our strategic plan.

Electric Peak Arts Council
Shakespeare in the Parks 2017 $1,300
The Electric Peaks Arts Council is asking for support from the Gardiner Resort Area District to offer Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) in the summer of 2017.

Electric Peak Arts Council
Stage Curtains        $5,589
The Gardiner School is the hub of activity for the community of Gardiner. The stage area is the multi-purpose room is used by many community organizations, including the Electric Peak Arts Council (EPAC). The curtains on the school’s stage are in disrepair and need to be replaced.

Bear Creek Council
Bear Aware Trash Bins    $15,044
Bear Aware Trash Bins will provide accessible disposal of garbage for locals through residential bear receptacles and provide “public” receptacles for everyone to dispose of garbage that keeps the environment clean and safe for bears, as well as other wildlife. Using these safe bins will provide a safe environment for humans and wildlife.

Gardiner Water District
Hydrant Replacement       $53,400
The Gardiner-Park County Water District is a local government agency that supplies drinking water to Gardiner. The District was formed in 1965.
The Gardiner Resort Area District Public Record Book is now available for viewing at the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. This book includes ballot information, election results, resolutions, meeting minutes, and board information. 
Based on feedback from last year's applicants, we added an executive summary question, a request for a detailed project budget, and some accounting definitions. The new form is on the FAQS&FORMS tab.
In order to avoid a conflict with an Electric Peak Arts Council presentation, the November meeting has been changed to Monday, November 14th.
The Gardiner Resort Area Tax District Board hopes you’ll join us at our upcoming fall meetings.

September 13, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
Join us upstairs at the Gardiner Market (4H room) for our monthly meeting. In addition to regular business, we would like to hear your thoughts about how resort taxes are being spent and how we are doing as a board. It is our hope that members of local organizations will also attend to hear ideas.

October 11, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
Regular monthly meeting at the Gardiner Visitor Center

October 31: Applications for Funds are due.

November 15, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
Application Q&A session at the Gardiner Visitor Center. This is the board’s opportunity to learn more about Applications for Funds.

December 13, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
Appropriations meeting at the Gardiner Visitor Center. The board will decide which project applications will be funded with 2016 taxes collected.

Barbara Bush has accepted the position of Administrative Manager for the Gardiner Resort Area District effective September 1, 2016. We are very excited to have a long-standing member of our community on board.