Idaho County Officials Travel to Utah for 2023 WIR Conference

By Skip Brandt, Idaho County Commissioner, WIR Representative Idaho county elected officials and IAC Executive Director Seth Grigg traveled to St. George, Utah, this May to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2023 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference. This event brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing …

2023 IAC Salary & Benefits Survey Now Available

The 2023 IAC Salary and Benefits Survey is now available for electronic download. IAC surveyed all 44 counties and a total of 43 counties participated in this year’s survey. The electronic survey is available in an excel spreadsheet so that our members can use the data how they see fit. If you find any errors, …

Idaho’s County Staff Graduate from NACo Leadership Academy

IAC is thrilled to join the National Association of Counties (NACo) in celebrating the accomplishments of Idaho’s county staff members who completed the NACo Leadership Academy this January. They contribute to more than 6,000 graduates and current participants from across the country benefitting from the 12-week online program, which enables existing and emerging county leaders …

IACT Hosts New Treasurer Training April 2023

By Sabrina Young, Washington County Treasurer and Tanna Beal, Bingham County Treasurer The Idaho Association of County Treasurers (IACT) provides an effective communication network and is a source of education for county treasurers while promoting integrity, credibility, and professionalism. To support this commitment, IACT provides ongoing educational programs that promote the professional execution of the …

House Bill 236 and Next Steps

Governor Little recently held a ceremonial bill signing for House Bill 236, capping off a two-session process to transition from a county-based public defense system to a state-based public defense system. While House Bill 236 was actually signed in March, the Governor wanted to recognize the efforts of county officials and public defenders in coming …

GemPlan Board of Directors Meets this April

The GemPlan Board of Directors recently gathered in Pocatello for a meet-and-greet at the Sandpiper Restaurant. They also held their official board meeting at the Mutual Building. GemPlan is a self-funded health care plan owned, operated, and controlled by counties for counties, their elected officials, employees, and dependents. GemPlan is also one of IAC’s highest …

2023 Legislative Session a Success for Counties

With the 2023 Legislative Session largely in the rearview mirror, counties across the state will enter 2024 in a stronger position. 2023 has been a good year for counties. Not only will county property taxpayers see real property tax relief, but counties will also receive funding enhancement for transportation and public defense services. Additionally, the …

Hidden Gems: Celebrate National County Government Month this April

Help us celebrate National County Government Month by showcasing your county’s hidden gems all month long! National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. We invite you to take this opportunity to promote the important programs and services your county offers. You can use social media to show …

What to Watch: Week of March 20, 2023

While the 2023 Legislative Session is winding down, we are still tracking bills here, including House Bill 292 (property tax relief), House Bill 236 (public defense reform), and Senate Concurrent Resolution 101 (Support for EMS Sustainability Taskforce). Seth Grigg discusses H292 and H236 in his From the Executive Director article this week, so I am …

From the Executive Director – March 20, 2023

2023 Legislative Session Winding Down As the Legislature enters week 11, all signs point to an adjournment as soon as Friday, March 24th, but more realistically sometime the week of March 27th. I don’t expect any new major pieces of legislation this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of other work to be …