From the Executive Director: Week of January 18, 2021

In the coming days (and the weeks that follow) the Legislature is set to introduce a series of property tax reform bills with the aim of further restricting local government property tax budget increases. When the dust settles, a bill will be introduced to cap annual property tax budget increases at around 4% (inclusive of …

From the Executive Director: Week of January 11, 2021

Monday marked the start of the 2021 Idaho Legislative Session. This Session will be remembered long into the future. As the Legislature convenes to advance legislation impacting counties, IAC will be your voice at the Capitol. Each week you will receive the IAC Legislative Bulletin in your inbox. The Bulletin includes featured articles about legislation …

Governor’s State of the State Address: Highlighting County Issues

Yesterday, Governor Brad Little delivered the State of the State address in a new format—virtually. The speech was short in comparison to years past without the usual breaks for legislative applause. It clocked-in around 30 minutes long. With a theme of “Building Idaho’s Future,” he touched on several topics that will be of interest to …

Check Out IAC’s Data Portal!

IAC has been brainstorming ideas for how to get county-specific data to our members for quite some time now. Our goal is to ensure our members the latest and most germane information so you are never in the dark about what’s happening. Enter the new IAC data portal! On the Research & Data tab at …

Local and State Election Analysis

While most of America was glued to national elections news this past week, IAC has been tracking local and state election results in the Gem State. Both at the county and state level, turnover will be less than usual come January. At the county level, there will be 20 new county commissioners in 17 counties. …

County Spotlight: Benewah County

Benewah County was established by an act of the Idaho Legislature on January 23, 1915, of land partitioned from Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.  The settlement of Benewah County began after the completion of Mullan Road in 1860, but most settlers came to the area after the discovery of …

2020 General Election Results

The results are in! IAC has compiled a list of the results for the county candidates for the general election: https://indd.adobe.com/view/b12a6335-2cec-4f99-ac37-5bb5028bc11b. Results for all Idaho races can be found on the Idaho Secretary of State’s website: https://www.livevoterturnout.com/Idaho/LiveResults/1/en/Index_113.html.

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) which raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation. According to GCN.com, cyberattacks on state and local governments have risen almost 50% since 2017. How can you keep your county safe? Think about your passwords We all know it’s best to use a complicated password. Preferably …

County Spotlight: Bannock County

Bannock County is home to many amazing agricultural, industrial, and web-based businesses that help to drive our local economy. Among these are ON Semiconductor, Amy’s Kitchen, Great Western Malting, and the FBI’s Western Datacenter just to name a few. But, today we’d like to highlight what many in the area are most proud of. Bannock …

Update on Property Tax Study Committee

Last week, the IAC Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a property tax update.  The Property Taxes and Revenue Expenditures Study Committee met the week prior. The Study Committee discussed several pieces of draft legislation. These drafts focused on a variety of options from transparency and uniformity, removing the ability of cities and counties to …