Property Taxes

Property Tax Information

Appraisal Notices

The Department of Revenue, a division of the State of Montana's government, determines the market value of residential and commercial property once every two years.  The value of your property directly affects the property taxes you pay to schools, Missoula County, and the City of Missoula.  The notices for the 2023-2024 appraisal cycle are being mailed in June 2023, with a 30-day protest period.  Learn more about your appraisal notice and what to do if you think your assessed home value is too high from the Montana Department of Revenue.  Property owners and renters can view assessed values for any property at the property information site

Property Tax Bill

Local taxing jurisdictions (local schools, Missoula County, and the City of Missoula) set their budgets and send millage rate information to Missoula County, which mails tax bills for all jurisdictions. The bills are mailed in October and taxes are due at the end of November and the end of May. View or pay your property taxes on Missoula County's website.  You can also download an Excel spreadsheet to see details about your city taxes.

Property Tax Distribution

City of Missoula 32%, Special Districts 6%, County 22%, Local schools 29%, State school 10%

Important Property Tax Dates

Learn More

City staff gave an in-depth budget and property tax presentation at the 2023 Civic Academy.  Learn how to read your tax bill, how Montana's property tax system works, and how the City's budget works. You can view the slides (PDF) or watch the presentation.

The Montana Free Press has an informative article, Property taxes explained - with pictures, that provides an excellent overview of Montana property taxes.

Property Tax Relief

Some residents with low income may qualify for property tax relief from the State of Montana.  Additionally, the 2023 legislature passed property tax rebates that can be claimed in 2023 and 2024.  The rebate is for a principal residence only and you must file a claim with the Montana Department of Revenue between August 15 and October 1.