Big Sky Fire Department
Established in 1979, the Fire Department serves over 55 square miles. As a full service combination department, they provide ALS emergency medical services, structural and wildland fire suppression, hazardous materials incident response and rescue services. In addition, the BSFD performs building and development plan review and inspection, first aid and CPR education, fire prevention and fire saftey education and assists the community by providing defensible space education for properties in our wildland urban interface environment. The BSFD is guided by an elected Board of Trustees.
Contact Fire Chief William Farhat at 406-995-2100, or visit bigskyfire.org for more information.
Big Sky Parks District
Dedicated to the creation and implementation of recreation programs and for the creation, acquisition, establishment, operation, improvement, funding and maintenance of parks, trails and recreation in the greater Big Sky area. This includes, but is not limited to, parks, athletic facilities, ball fields, trails, restrooms, picnic shelters and campgrounds. The entity consists of two special districts, one in Gallatin County and the other in Madison County, whose operations are linked by an inter local agreement.
Big Sky School District #72
The area’s K-12 school district and includes Ophir Elementary, Ophir Middle School, and Lone Peak High School. Home to 300 students in grades K-12, Ophir has been in existence for over 100 years and is well-known for experiential place-based learning. The Ophir School District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. The Board’s powers and duties include the broad authority to adopt and enforce all necessary policies for the management and government of Ophir School. Trustees hold office for terms of three years, or until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms of trustees are staggered as provided by law. School Board elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May of each year. Any qualified voter of the district can legally become a trustee.
Visit www.bssd72.org for more information.
Gallatin Local Water Quality District
Created to protect, preserve and improve ground water and surface water quality within the jurisdiction of the District (which includes Big Sky). Staffed by Gallatin County through a uniform fee paid by all improved properties, the District is governed by an appointed Board of nine Directors. The focus of the Gallatin Local Water Quality District is on water resources education and water quality monitoring for increased awareness of water-related issues and public health. The District meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:15 am at the Gallatin County Courthouse in Bozeman.
Contact Manager Tammy Crone at 406-582-3145 or visit glwqd.org for more information.
Road Improvement District
Neighborhood roadways in Big Sky are repaired and maintained through a variety of Road Improvement Districts (RID) that are overseen by the respective County government, and managed by engineering contractors. Other roads in Big Sky are maintained through collective road associations or are privately managed. For instance, winter road maintenance (including snow removal and sanding) in the jurisdiction of the BSOA is paid directly by owner assessments and is managed by the BSOA. All private drives are maintained by the property owner.
Gallatin County contracts with Morrison Maierle
Madison County contracts with Gaston Engineering 406-586-0588
Big Sky Gallatin Canyon Zoning District
The Zoning District is locally served by a Gallatin County Commission appointed Advisory Committee. Comprised of five people, the Advisory Committee meets the first Monday of every month at the Water and Sewer District conference room in Big Sky and reviews all local issues to go before the Gallatin County Planning and Zoning Commission. There are always opportunities to apply, and knowledge of the district is helpful.
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Big Sky Resort Area Districts
The Resort Area District levies a local 3% sales tax passed in 1992 to improve the community of Big Sky. Since its inception, the money raised from the tax has played a significant role in the funding of services and programs including tourism development, infrastructure facilities, post office services, ambulance and emergency services, public transportation systems, parks and trails, community library, and other services that provide for the public health, safety and welfare within the Big Sky Resort Area District. The District is managed by an elected board of five, with allocations made in June of each year. Applications for allocation are available on the website in March.
Contact Administrative Officer Whitney Brunner at 406-995-3234, or bigskyresorttax.com for more information.
Big Sky Transportation District
The Transportation District was created in 1991 to supply transportation services and facilities to the Big Sky community during its busy winter season. Today, under the direction of the Big Sky Transportation District Board, and with support from the Western Transportation Institute (David Kack), the Big Sky Community enjoys the “Skyline” transit system which provides year-round public transportation services within Big Sky and to Bozeman.
Contact Skyline Coordinator David Kack at 406-994-7526, or visit their website skylinebus.com for more information.
Gallatin/Big Sky Noxious Weed Committee
Organized under the Northern Rocky Resource Conservation & Development Council, the Committee is a citizen-led volunteer committee actively working to combat invasive plant species in the Big Sky Community and along the Gallatin River Corridor. By bringing federal, state, and local partners together, the Committee has facilitated a successful multi-faceted campaign against noxious weeds that includes education/outreach, weed pulls, one-on-one landowner assistance, and weed mapping and monitoring.
Contact Committee Coordinator Jen Mohler at 406-209-0905 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Water & Sewer District #363
A special purpose unit of government organized to regulate and operate the water and sewer systems in Big Sky. Created in 1993, the district is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Board meetings are held monthly at the district office, generally on the third Tuesday of each month, and the public is welcome.
Contact General Manager Ron Edwards at 406-995-2660, or visit bigskywatersewer.com for more information.