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Latest Property Value Assessments County By County In Montana

(This story is excerpted from the MT Lowdown, a weekly newsletter digest containing original reporting and analysis published every Friday.)

It’s no secret that prices in Montana’s real estate market have risen dramatically in recent years, but the state’s breakneck appreciation was driven home for many residents in June when the Montana Department of Revenue sent out its every-other-year reappraisal notices, informing property owners about updates to the value estimates used to calculate property taxes.

The increases — commonly 40 percent, 50 percent, 60 percent — or even higher, left many homeowners with their jaws on the floor.

Statewide, the median residential property saw its value increase by a whopping 46 percent, the revenue department reported. But that value growth was distributed unevenly across the state.

Counties in western Montana — especially rural counties that were until recently blessed with cheap housing — saw the highest percentage increases. Granite County, around Philipsburg and Drummond, saw its median home valuation rise 67 percent, from $182,000 to $304,410, the largest increase in the state. Similarly, median values increased by 64 percent, to $185,880, in Meagher County (White Sulphur Springs) and 60 percent to $185,915 in Deer Lodge County (Anaconda).

Some of the state’s longtime real estate hot spots saw smaller percentage increases that are nonetheless significant in dollar terms. Median residential values in Gallatin County, which includes Bozeman, rose 59 percent to $646,000. Flathead County saw a 45 percent increase to $444,700 and Missoula County saw a 37 percent increase to $413,200.

Complete data, including similar figures for commercial assessments, is available on the department website.

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