- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - An audit has confirmed that Lincoln County collected nearly $2.2 million more in taxes than it should have over the past three years.

Anderson Zurmuehlen & Co. of Missoula released a report on March 17 confirming that the county miscalculated its levies over the past several years. Now, county officials must figure out how to rebate the money to residents, including some who may have left the area.

Commissioners are working on a plan to reimburse taxpayers over the next two years, while Commissioner Tony Berget suggested a three-year plan.

County Commissioner Mike Cole says county officials will be presenting the audit to citizens in Libby, Troy and Eureka in the coming weeks and clearly explain what happened.