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

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Coalition for Local Government Study (Missoula, Mont.)
Title
Coalition for Local Government Study (Missoula, Mont.) Records
Dates
1962-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Mss 187 (collection)
Summary
Local government study commissions were convened across Montana after the 1972 Montana State Constitution was passed; they review the structure and functions of city and county governments. The collection contains records from the Missoula City-County Coalition Study from 1982.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Coalition for Local Government Study in Missoula, Montana, 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, 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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains records from Missoula's Coalition for Local Government Study 1982. It includes correspondence, research materials, board minutes, and records of committees.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document], Coalition for Local Government Study (Missoula, Mont.) Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1982-1983Return to Top

1 folder

The majority of the correspondence in the series is from the coalition's chairman of the board, Tom Gorczynski. The correspondence consists of thank-you letters to donors and coalition members, letters to other public officials, such as County Commissioner Barbara Evans, and letters confirming participation in local events. Also in the series is a few newsletters that Gorczynski sent to the members of the coalition. The series contains a memorandum of agreement between the Missoula Board of County Commissions and the Coalition for Local Government Study for the need of financial assistance to purchase county and city research materials.

The series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1982-1983

Series II:  Research Materials, 1962-1983 Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains materials that the policy, public information, steering, and transition plan committees used in their discussions about the effect of combining the city and county government. The materials consist of national and Montana county research. The county research centers on addresses of public officials in the state and county, community profiles, and legislative issues.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/2
Addresses for Government Officials
1980-1983
1/3
"Brief Synopsis of Local Government in Missoula city and county"
1975
1/4
Charters of other local governments
1977, undated
1/5
Community Profile
1981-1982
1/6
Government Expenditures Report
1980-1981
1/7
Government Reform Articles
undated
1/8
Issue Identification
1982
1/9
Issues for Campaign
1982
1/10
League of Women Voters
1962, 1982-1983
1/11
Legislative Issues
1982
1/12
Missoula City-County Organizational Charts and Staffing Information
1981
1/13
National Association of Counties (NACo)
1979-1983, undated
1/14
Public Opinion Poll
1981
1/15
Service Districts
undated
1/16
State Statutes on Local Government
undated
1/17
Tax Districts
1982

Series III:  Board Records, 1975-1976, 1982-1983Return to Top

16 folders

This series consists of materials that the general membership of the coalition came into contact, which include questionnaires, newsletters, press releases, a membership list, a slide show presentation, public speaking handouts, and an outline for the final board recommendation. Also in the series is a copy of an injunction from the Missoula County Freeholders, a property owners association, had against the coalition. The injunction, made by two members of the coalition, asked for bylaws to be adopted and to limit membership to only those members who had paid their ten-dollar dues. A copy of the Home Rule Charter is also in the series.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Campaign for passage of Home Rule Charter
1983
2/2
Citizen Questionnaires
1982
2/3
Communication Questionnaires
undated
2/4
Final Board Recommendation and Outline
1982
2/5
Law Suit: Freeholders v. Coalition
1983
2/6
Membership List
1982
2/7
Missoula City and County Study Commission
1975-1976
2/8
Missoula County Citizens for Better Government
1983
2/9
Newsletter
1982
2/10
Pamphlets on Local Government
undated
2/11
Petition Drive
1983
2/12
Public Speaking
1982-1983
2/13
Press Releases
1982-1983
2/14
Proposed Charter
1983
2/15
Questionnaires
undated
2/16
Slide Show
undated

Series IV:  Executive Board, 1976, 1982-1983Return to Top

3 folders

The series contains meeting minutes, research information that the board used as a basis for their recommendations, and questionnaires about local taxation. Much of the research information are key issues, including mill levies, budgets, and voting information. The questionnaires are filled out by local constituents and include comments about city and county taxation.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/17
Meeting Minutes
1982
2/18
Questionnaires
1982
2/19
Research Information
1982-1983

Series V:  General Membership, 1976, 1982-1983Return to Top

1 folder

The series consists of meeting minutes that contain reports on committees within the coalition, voting information, and discussions within the coalition. Absentee voting registers are also included within the meeting minutes.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/20
Meeting Minutes
1976, 1982-1983

Series VI:  Study Committees, 1976, 1982-1982, undatedReturn to Top

4 folders

This series contains meeting minutes of the different committees within the coalition, including the policy, public information, steering, and transition plan committees. The public information committee dealt with the public's perception of the coalition. Different research information about Missoula city and county profiles were used in determining the best public relations stand points. The steering committee discussed information about how the coalition should be managed, including financial matters, meeting attendance, and general policies of the coalition. The transition committee decided the effective date of the transition from city and county governments to the combined government, the length of transition, which boards and authorities to maintain, and personnel. A copy of the pamphlet "Local Governments in Transition," by James J. Lopach, is also included in the transition committee minutes.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Policy Committee
undated
3/2
Public Information Committee
1982-1983
3/3
Steering Committee
1982
3/4
Transition Plan Committee
1976, 1983

Series VII:  Task Force Committees , 1979-1983Return to Top

9 folders

This series contains meeting minutes and research materials that the study's task forces used in deciding which methods they would support for the combined city and county government. The task forces consisted of the general coalition membership. The task forces were developed to encourage public involvement to represent a cross section of community interest. The goals of the local government task force was to study alternative forms of government and select forms to study, to identify concerns of current forms of city and county government, and to make recommendations of alternative forms of government for the Missoula area. The representation task force discussed issues of population districts and how representative they are, review maps for various service and special districts within the Missoula area, and review voter statistics. The services task force dealt with the direction with services of the two governments as it formed into one group. The group categorized the services into public works and administrative services. They also identified what the current services provided and where the desired level of those services should be, and the problem areas that the services were to handle. The services task force was divided into several sub-committees including fire and law enforcement. The taxation task force dealt with issues involving mill levies, a decrease in tax dollars, taxation imbalances, city retirement fund, policy for federally funded programs, future trends, and alternative sources of revenue. Several reports are filed within the taxation task force research.

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/5
Comprehensive plan for Task Forces
undated
3/6
General Task Force
1982
3/7
Local Government Task Force
1982
3/8
Representation Task Force
1982
3/9
Services Task Force
1982
3/10
Services Task Force, Fire Sub-Committee
1982
3/11
Services Task Force, Law Enforcement Sub-Committee
1982-1983
3/12
Taxation Task Force
1979-1982
3/13
Taxation Task Force
1982

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Metropolitan government--Montana
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Politics and government
  • Missoula County (Mont.)--Politics and government