What to Watch: Week of March 1

One Time Transportation Funding Keep an eye on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee this week. They will likely hear a transportation supplemental of $126 million. This would be split with 60 percent going to the state and the other 40 percent ($47 million in one-time transportation funding). The funds wouldbe allocated through the highway …

What to Watch: Week of February 8

If you haven’t already, be sure to reach out to your state representatives to ask for their support for House Bill 53. This bill, if enacted, would allow counties and other governmental entities to publish legal notices on their respective websites instead of in their newspaper of record. IAC estimates that Idaho’s counties would save …

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 …

Around the State – Property Taxes Down; Values Up

By Alan Dornfest, Property Tax Bureau Chief, Property Tax Division, Idaho State Tax Commission Idaho property taxes totaled $1.931 billion for tax year 2020. This represented a decrease of $104.5 million or 5.1% in comparison to the amount levied in 2019. There were three causes of this decrease: $117.6 million reduction due to pass through of Governor’s …

Get to Know IACMPAA

The Idaho Association of Counties Misdemeanor Probation Administrator’s Association is a membership-based association for misdemeanor probation administrators around the state of Idaho. There is a yearly cost to each county to be a member of this association but counties are not obligated to join the association. Counties that elect to join the association have the …

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 …

Registration now open for Fall County Officials Institute

Calling all soon-to-be elected county officials and incumbents! It is our pleasure to invite you to IAC’s Fall County Officials Institute.  We recommend that all newly elected officials, as well as incumbents, plan to attend this training. Continuing education is essential for all county elected officials. Idaho’s county elected officials face new issues all the …

Idaho’s Truth in Taxation Experiment

Since the late 1970’s Idaho has experimented with various property tax budget caps, including truth in taxation. The Idaho Legislature established Idaho’s version of truth in taxation in 1993. The law was in place for two years before being replaced by the current 3% cap on annual property tax budget increases. Under Idaho’s version of …

Property Tax and Revenue Outlook Study Committee Meeting Recap

On Friday, the Property Tax and Revenue Outlook Study Committee held its first meeting in Boise. Transparency in local government budgeting was the primary focus of the first meeting. Committee members heard presentations from staff from Legislative Services Office and the State Controller’s Office who discussed various reporting requirements for local governments, difficulty in comparing …

RSVP to Attend IAC Virtual Meetings and EXPO

Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, IAC was forced to cancel the 2020 IAC Annual Conference scheduled for September 28-30 at the Boise Centre. However, there is still association business that needs to be taken care of. To handle elections, legislative resolutions, and provide an opportunity to engage with IAC sponsors and exhibitors, …

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