Land Classification Working Group

The Department of Revenue recently announced the formation of the Land Classification Working Group (LCWG).

Led by Department of Revenue leadership, the working group is comprised of stakeholders spanning agriculture, development, and local and state government. The working group’s goals will be consensus and development of legislation aimed at establishing fair taxation of raw/ undeveloped land for Montana’s 21st century socioeconomic and tax climate.

Proposed legislation will be presented to the Legislative Revenue Interim Committee for endorsement.

All land classification working group meetings will be held in person, as public meetings, with the opportunity for comment.  Zoom capability for public viewing will also be offered.

Upcoming LCWG Meeting

Date and Time:
Thursday, February 15, 2024, 10:00 am  – 2:30 p.m.

Agenda: LCWG Meeting Agenda – 2-15-2024

In-person*: Mitchell Building, 4th Floor Director’s Conference Room
125 North Roberts Street, Helena MT

Note: The closest parking can be found on the Sanders Street side of the building. From Sanders Street, enter through the northeast doors, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and check in at the call center window immediately to right upon exiting the elevator. Once checked in, you will be shown to the 4th floor director’s conference room.

*If you are unable to attend in person, use the information below to access the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting: LCWG Zoom Meeting Link 2-15-24

Meeting ID: 873 2912 9927

Password: 015018

Dial by Telephone

+1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 873 2912 9927

Password: 015018

Working Group Membersking Group Membe

The working group’s members  were selected by the department.

Traditional Production Agriculture (2 members):

  • Cynthia Johnson, Conrad, Montana Farm Bureau
  • John Lewis, Lavina, Montana Stockgrowers

Legislative Revenue Interim Committee (RIC) (2 members):

  • Senator Becky Beard, Elliston 
  • Representative Mark Thane, Missoula

Realty Industry (one member):

  • John Rausch, Helena

County Government (one member):

  • Ross Butcher, Lewistown, Fergus County Commissioner

Real Estate Development Industry (one member):

  • Mark Esponda, Helena, VP of Dick Anderson Construction

Specialty Crop/Intensive Agriculture Industry (one member):

  • Brian Campbell, Finley Point Cherry Cooperative

Property Rights Advocacy Groups (one member):

  • Chuck Denowh, Helena, United Property Owners of Montana

Land Trusts (one member):

  • Marcus Strange:  Montana Association of Land Trusts

Tax Policy Groups (one member):

  • Bob Story, Park City, Montana Taxpayers Association