New Library Directors Handbook

Coal Severance Tax

In 1979, the Montana Legislature designated that a portion of the state severance tax on coal mining goes to the library federations to help local libraries provide basic services.

The funds are sent to the federation headquarters libraries by the end of September each year. Each federation submits an annual plan of service to the Commission for approval, which details how the funds will be spent.

Coal Severance Tax money also pays for the statewide databases that each library has access to through a contract between the Montana State Library and electronic resource vendors.