The City Of Hamilton will have a Bond Election in a month where citizens will decide if they want to buy the abandoned National Guard Armory property.

The $1.35 million price tag includes the building across the street from the Bitterroot College and the six acres around and behind the building, known as Claudia Driscoll Park.

That park has been used, with permission of the National Guard, as a public park with the Canyon Hideaway play area and the Bitterroot Community Band bandshell.

The bond issue would include some park improvements and the building would be used to house the Hamilton Police Department and Hamilton City Court.

The public is invited to public meetings during the next two weeks:

  • Tuesday February 21 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday February 23 - During the noon hour from 12 noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday February 28 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday March 2 - 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • All hearings will be at Hamilton City Hall on South 2nd Street.

    The Department of Military Affairs set the appraisal value and is not negotiable, according to city officials. The property tax impact is set at $17.89 per year for a $100,000 home and $35.78 for a $200,000 home for 15 years.

    More information is at the Hamilton website.