Jefferson County residents with the desire but no dinero to dispose of a junk mobile home can now apply for $500 to help haul it away.

The Board of Commissioners on April 7 established a junk mobile home disposal incentive program, a move made possible by state legislation in 2019 that revised laws governing the disposal of junk vehicles.

That legislation lets a county use up to 20% of its junk motor vehicles program fund for disposing junk mobile homes, defined as “wrecked, ruined, dismantled, or abandoned and no longer fit for human habitation” in the resolution establishing the program.

Both the legislation and resolution end June 30, 2021.

The county’s junk motor vehicle program is funded by Montana Department of Environmental Quality grants. The county’s junk mobile home disposal incentive program will also be funded by Payments in Lieu of Taxes monies — federal payments made to the county to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands existing within its boundaries.

The county will use $5,000 in PILT monies for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Incentives shall be paid on a first come, first serve basis upon application approval and are capped at two per person, though the commissioners may approve more.

While addressing the commissioners at an earlier meeting, David Kosola said it would cost about $800 to dispose of each trailer he wanted to move from a trailer court he owns in Boulder.

Before awarding an incentive, the county will verify that a mobile home meets the definition of a junk mobile home.

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