Valley County Attorney Nick Murnion attended the commissioners' meeting to comment on this issue.
said there is no statute on this and no formal legal notice is required for the Transit Board to make a rate change.
and Commissioner Dave Pippin said they had consulted Tom Stuber, the northern regional planner for transit grants and funding with the Montana Department of Transportation
, and he
stated that adequate public notice existed here.
The Transit Board sent emails to The Courier, KLTZ and other media announcing a meeting on Feb. 14 with items to discuss including fare restructure.
This information ran in The Courier's community calendar for two weeks before the meeting.
"It looks to me like we went beyond the public requirements for notice," Murnion
said the notice was for a separate purpose and again pointed out the community calendar.
said that only transit systems in communities with a population of 50,000 or greater have to give a senior discount.