There's no sales tax in Montana. I'm not too sure about taxes but I just know I have dependents and I don't pay any taxes. I work at UM. You can go to school for 80% off tuition and after five years your dependents can go for 1/2 off tuition. My daughter is getting enough scholarships, grants, and with the tuition waiver she's making several thousand a year as well as and going free to the university. There's a totally awesome gardening effort here at gardencityharvest.com and for $425 a year I get huge amounts of fresh garden veggies for about 18 weeks every summer. I belong to the Grub Shed and I know the people who grow my food and they're totally awesome. The environmental science gardening types at UM are also totally awesome. There's a whole network of gardens around here, and the valley floor has five valleys and creeks leading into it about, and it used to be a lake so there's black dirt on a major part of the valley floor, where my garden is and where my house is. I can dig anywhere and black dirt turns over, on my property. The mountains weather is lovely, not too cold, not too hot, though it can be dark and cloudy but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I live in Paradise in my opinion. You can always move up at UM once you get there, I would hope anyway. There are jobs that come up for grounds maintenance and they get paid pretty great and there are totally awesome plants everywhere at UM because they have determined that many students want to come there due to the grounds. There are many young people and lots of family oriented activities, free bands in the park downtown every Wed. at noon and Thurs. eve., farmers market, people's market, you'd find a wonderful place to live and I support two kids on not a whole lot more than that wage. The benefits at UM are great. You wouldn't regret choosing to live here. We have the guy who runs this site doing free lectures at the library and he moved here because it is the right mix of people, mentality and gardening opportunities. Go for it!
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