Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced a $45 million aid program to help local governments deal with rapid growth related to the Bakken oil boom.

Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive and Billings are the Montana cities most impacted by the influx of new residents.

Bullock announced the proposal Thursday.

The Legislature will have to approve Bullock’s $45 million aid proposal.

The state would use its revolving fund for construction loans with interest as  low as 1.25 percent.

We’re providing a rapid response team that can work with all of our smaller communities to actually address the on the ground needs they have in land use planning, in technical assistance and grants and in housing issues,” Bullock said.

Part of the proposal includes a Rapid Response Team, which will help with land-use planning, affordable housing and grant application processing, KTVQ News said.


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