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Legislative Alert: Contact Legislators to Oppose SB 1220 as Amended

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, March 16, 2018

AIC urges city officials to contact their legislators and respectfully ask that they oppose Senate Bill 1220 as amended. 

Senate Bill 1220 started off as a purely technical bill brought forward by the Idaho Tax Commission to clarify the text of the revenue sharing law to more clearly articulate how the funds were distributed.  The bill passed the Senate unanimously a few weeks ago and waited for a hearing before the House Revenue & Taxation Committee. 

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee voted this week to send the bill to the amending order for changes.  The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, reads as follows:

“No special purpose taxing district may use funds received under the provisions of this subsection (revenue sharing) for voluntary contributions to, or to further cooperative agreements with, other districts or public entities.”

Senate Bill 1220 will be up for a vote on the House floor likely on Monday.  The bill will also have to go back to the Senate for concurrence on the amendments.

Senate Bill 1220 as amended is of great concern because it would prohibit many activities that local governments undertake daily to deliver services in the most cost-efficient and effective ways.

  • A fire district may pay a neighboring city or fire district to provide fire protection and/or emergency medical services under a contract.
  • A fire district may have an agreement with a city to lease a building for a fire station or to lease space for the district’s administrative offices at city hall.
  • Highway districts will often have agreements for sharing equipment with cities or other highway districts and may reimburse the entity that owns the equipment for the costs of using it.

These activities happen every day for local governments in Idaho that are acting as responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money and using intergovernmental cooperation to deliver vital services to their communities. 

We ask city officials to contact their legislators and respectfully ask that they oppose Senate Bill 1220 as amended.   Please provide examples of how the bill would impact your community.  You can find your legislators using the Idaho Legislature’s website.

 

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