Chair Parks called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Richard Parks, Greg Dalling, Eleanor Stone, Aimee Dawson and Jessi Gerdes were the Board members present. Barbara Bush, the Administrative Manager was also present; three members of the public were present: Patrick Hoppe, Bob Kopeland and Joe Gross.
Administrative Manager Bush presented the September meeting minutes. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the September meeting minutes. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed. Administrative Manager Bush presented the financial statements for the month, including a Recent Transaction List and a Budget vs Actual Operating Report. Secretary/Treasurer Stone moved to approve the financial statements for the month. Director Gerdes seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed. Secretary/Treasurer Stone presented the first draft of the 2019 proposed budget. It was decided to table this item until more up-to-date expenses could be added.
Chair Parks updated the Board on the letter received from Gateway Hose Company asking to extend their Expansion Project into next year. Representatives from Gateway Hose Company were present and explained the many delays and difficulties they have had securing a contractor for their project and their desire to “roll-over” their project into the next appropriation cycle. It was explained that their letter could act as an application for the “Gateway Hose Company’s Expansion Project – Rollover” and it would be considered in the upcoming appropriation cycle with all new applications.
Director Dawson moved to approve the October bills presented by Manager Bush. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.
Chair Parks led a discussion regarding the District’s “Application for Funds” document and whether it could be revised to make it simpler and less repetitious for the groups who apply each year. After discussion, it was agreed that changes could be considered this winter in anticipation of next year’s appropriation cycle. Chair Parks updated the Board on some organizing going on within the Gardiner community and with the Park County Community Foundation. These groups are looking forward to the future of Gardiner and considering drafting a “strategic plan” for growth in the area.
Chair Parks updated the Board regarding the annual meeting for resort districts being held over in Big Sky on November 30, 2018. Several Board members mentioned interest in attending this meeting.
In Old Business, Secretary/Treasurer Stone revisited the question of having groups holding Fundraisers collect the resort tax. In particular, it was brought up whether groups could tax the expenses of the event rather than the gross sales so that donations would not be taxed. No action was taken at this meeting.
In New Business, Chair Parks suggested revisiting allowing small business owners to remit taxes only once a year, at the end of the season. The tax ordinance would need to be amended to make this change. This item was tabled until the January 2019 meeting.
In Public Comment, Joe Gross asked how much had been collected in taxes this year; to date approximately $300,000, but collections are still ongoing.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 PM at the Gardiner Visitor Center. Director Gerdes moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:31 PM. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.