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Call for Nominations for AIC Third Vice President & Process for Board Elections This Year

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Anyone interested in serving as AIC Third Vice President needs to be nominated by a city elected official or self-nominated by Friday, May 22 at close of business to AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer at kpacker@idahocities.org

The nominee for Third Vice President must be a city elected official from an AIC member city and eligible candidates should be from AIC District 3 or 4.  District 3 includes cities in Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties.  District 4 includes cities in Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Cassia Counties.

Nominating Process

The nominating process begins with the establishment of the AIC Nominating Committee, the structure of which is set forth in the AIC Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will interview candidates for Third Vice President by videoconference on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 27. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers on Thursday, May 28 and the list will be posted on the AIC website. 

Normally, there would be an opportunity at the conference for nominations from the floor immediately prior to the election, but this year due to the unique situation of holding a virtual conference there will be a deadline for nominations from the floor that must be received by AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer at kpacker@idahocities.org by close of business on Friday, May 29.  If there are nominees from the floor, these will be posted with the candidate list on the AIC website. 

In the event that a position has multiple candidates, AIC will allow each to submit a video up to five minutes long OR a written statement up to 300 words outlining their biography, qualifications and goals for serving on the board and an email address for city officials to ask each candidate questions.  Candidates must submit their video/written statement and email address to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org by close of business on Monday, June 1.  If you need help with the video process, you can reach Payton Grover on her cell phone at 208-908-1341.

Voting for AIC officers will be by each city’s designated voting delegate, which must be designated by Wednesday, May 27 to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org  AIC will soon be sending out a notice asking cities to designate their voting delegate, which must be a city elected official who is registered to attend the 2020 AIC Annual Conference.  In the event that AIC doesn’t hear back from a city, the voting delegate will be identified under the following order of priority for city officials registered for the Annual Conference: (1) the mayor, (2) the council president, (3) any councilor.     

The voting delegates have until Monday, June 8 at close of business to submit their votes on the board election to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org

Nominating Committee Chair: Immediate Past President Elaine Clegg—Council President, Boise

Nominating Committee Members:

Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden     

Mayor Brian Blad, Pocatello

Councilor Greg Lanting, Twin Falls

Mayor John Evans, Garden City

Mayor Mac Pooler, Kellogg

Council President Mitch Hart, Soda Springs

Mayor Garret Nancolas, Caldwell

To achieve a quorum, the Nominating Committee must have at least three AIC Past Presidents in attendance.  If a Quorum cannot be established the President will appoint three sitting AIC District Directors to serve with the available Past Presidents on the Nominating Committee.

Nomination of Officers: The Nominating Committee is required to select candidates according to a geographic rotation to ensure each of Idaho’s major geographic regions are represented. The AIC Bylaws have established the geographic regions to be:

North: AIC Districts 1 and 2
South: AIC Districts 3 and 4
East: AIC Districts 5 and 6
West: AIC District 3A


About the AIC Board of Directors

The association is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the membership. The Board is charged with conducting the affairs of the association on behalf of member cities. Specifically, the Board is responsible for:

·         Advancing the public interest of cities,

·         Building democracy and community within cities, and

·         Strengthening the capacity of municipal government by providing research, education, and training to city elected officials and staff.

The Bylaws establish three types of Board membership: Officers, District Directors, and Past Presidents.

Officers: The Officers of the association consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Third Vice President. Officers are nominated by the Nominating Committee (chaired by the Immediate Past President and consisting of all Past Presidents serving on the Board) and elected by the full membership at the Annual Conference. Officers are nominated to maintain balance between Idaho’s four geographic regions. The Officers of the association also serve as members of the Board Executive Committee.

District Directors: Two District Directors are elected from each of the seven AIC districts at regional spring district workshops. Each District Director serves for staggered two-year terms.

Past Presidents: Past Presidents of the Association who have served continuously in city elective office may continue serving as voting members of the Board. The four most recent past presidents also serve on the AIC Board Executive Committee.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has general supervision over the affairs of the Association between Board meetings. The Executive Committee is also responsible for overseeing and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director.


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Revenue Sharing Update: Understanding AIC’s Projections

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

City officials have frequently asked about what impact a potential economic downturn could have on revenue sharing and this post will share our thoughts that are the basis of AIC’s projections in the FY 2021 Budget Manual.  You can access your city’s revenue sharing projections through the link at the bottom of the post.

The source of cities’ revenue sharing funds are from state sales tax revenues, which do fluctuate with economic growth and decline, and veteran city officials remember the Great Recession when there was rapid growth in sales tax revenue during the housing boom of 2004 to 2008 that led to unprecedented and unsustainable growth in sales tax revenue from sale of building materials, home furnishings and appliances.  When the Great Recession hit, sales tax revenue declined about 17% from the pre-recession high causing serious revenue losses for both the state and local governments.

There is reason to be cautious about revenue sharing and for that reason, AIC has made fairly conservative projections with a 6.35% decline in the April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 quarter from the same quarter of the previous Fiscal Year, a 4% increase for state FY 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) and a 3% decline for state FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021).  

The state Division of Financial Management has projected a 5.9% increase for state FY 2020 and a 1.9% increase for state FY 2021. 

Below are the annual increases in revenue sharing over the past several years.

FY 2013:               8.21% 

FY 2014:               4.94% 

FY 2015:               6.41%

FY 2016:               7.10%

FY 2017:               5.98%   

FY 2018:               8.72%  

FY 2019:               6.58%

However, there is reason to believe that the pace of development activity today appears to be on a more sustainable trend line, which would make a decline in revenue sharing of the magnitude experienced in the Great Recession unlikely at this point.  But that largely depends on continued development activity and if that comes to a halt in a similar fashion to the Great Recession, city officials will have to reexamine the situation and lower their projections.   

It is important for city officials to carefully think through their projections for revenue sharing.  AIC will continue to provide updated information and projections as developments unfold.

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AIC FY 2021 Budget Manual is Now Available

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The FY 2021 AIC Budget Manual is completed and can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. 

We appreciate your patience as the demands of COVID-19 technical assistance and need for guidance on the state of the economy delayed the manual’s publication this year. 

We will be planning a budget online training as well as a session on budgeting basics at next month’s virtual AIC Annual Conference.  

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Cities Should Brace for Significant Drop in Highway Distribution Account Revenue

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of the economic dislocation prompted by the Coronavirus is the difficulty of trying to project revenue losses for revenue sharing and highway distribution account because we are in uncharted waters.

Yesterday, staff representing AIC, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Association of Highway Districts had a conference call with representatives of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).  ITD shared some recent modeling to attempt to derive the impacts to the Highway Distribution Account resulting from dramatically lower traffic volumes as a result of the Stay-Home Order and the loss of gas tax revenue. 

ITD’s model predicts that for the quarter from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, cities will see a loss of 11% from the same quarter of the previous Fiscal Year.  AIC is developing revised Highway Distribution Account projections based on a loss of 13% for that quarter. 

But there remains a vast range of potential outcomes when talking about Highway Distribution Account projections for the next state Fiscal Year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021).  Cities may want to prepare different scenarios based on a 10% decline, 15% decline and 20% decline.  AIC is currently projecting a 15% decline, but that is subject to change as further information becomes available.

If the measures to open up the economy are successful and unemployment begins to drop immediately, then a 10% decline might be more feasible.  But if a second wave of Coronavirus hits, forcing additional stay-home orders, then a decline in the range of 20% might be experienced.

Cities should start discussions among the elected officials about ways to prepare for a large decrease in revenue.  Less disruptive ways of dealing with revenue shortfalls including holding back spending on equipment purchases that are in the budget that could be delayed a year or two, or leaving open positions vacant.  Given we still have a decent amount of our Fiscal Year left, that provides cities more flexibility to make these decisions. 

However, economic downturns are also good opportunities to get street and bridge maintenance and construction projects done because of a more favorable bidding environment and keeping people employed will help our state through the downturn. 

 

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AIC District Directors Selected for Upcoming Year

Posted By Payton Grover, Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Due to this trying time and the coronavirus we were unable to hold the 2020 Spring District Workshops in person. This meant that the nominations and voting were done virtually over email.  

The votes have been emailed in for the selection of the District Directors for the AIC Board.  These District Directors are listed below.  The District Directors will be formally elected at the AIC Virtual Annual Conference next month.

 

District 1:             Shelby Rognstad—Mayor, Sandpoint

 

District 2:             Bill Lambert—Mayor, Moscow

 

District 3:             Kenny Everhart—Councilor, Idaho City

 

District 3A:          Holli Woodings—Councilor, Boise

 

District 4:             Bruce Hossfeld—Mayor, Paul

 

District 5:             Rick Cheatum—Councilor, Pocatello

 

District 6:             Rebecca Casper—Mayor, Idaho Falls

 

Congratulations to our newly selected District Directors!  We greatly appreciate your service to AIC!

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Call for Nominations for AIC Third Vice President & Process for Board Elections This Year

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, May 4, 2020

Anyone interested in serving as AIC Third Vice President needs to be nominated by a city elected official or self-nominated by Friday, May 22 at close of business to AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer at kpacker@idahocities.org  

The nominee for Third Vice President must be a city elected official from an AIC member city and eligible candidates should be from AIC District 3 or 4.  District 3 includes cities in Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties.  District 4 includes cities in Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Cassia Counties.

Nominating Process

The nominating process begins with the establishment of the AIC Nominating Committee, the structure of which is set forth in the AIC Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will interview candidates for Third Vice President by videoconference on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 27. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers on Thursday, May 28 and the list will be posted on the AIC website. 

Normally, there would be an opportunity at the conference for nominations from the floor immediately prior to the election, but this year due to the unique situation of holding a virtual conference there will be a deadline for nominations from the floor that must be received by AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer at kpacker@idahocities.org by close of business on Friday, May 29.  If there are nominees from the floor, these will be posted with the candidate list on the AIC website. 

In the event that a position has multiple candidates, AIC will allow each to submit a video up to five minutes long OR a written statement up to 300 words outlining their biography, qualifications and goals for serving on the board and an email address for city officials to ask each candidate questions.  Candidates must submit their video/written statement and email address to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org by close of business on Monday, June 1.  If you need help with the video process, you can reach Payton Grover on her cell phone at 208-908-1341.

Voting for AIC officers will be by each city’s designated voting delegate, which must be designated by Wednesday, May 27 to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org  AIC will soon be sending out a notice asking cities to designate their voting delegate, which must be a city elected official who is registered to attend the 2020 AIC Annual Conference.  In the event that AIC doesn’t hear back from a city, the voting delegate will be identified under the following order of priority for city officials registered for the Annual Conference: (1) the mayor, (2) the council president, (3) any councilor.     

The voting delegates have until Monday, June 8 at close of business to submit their votes on the board election to Payton Grover at pgrover@idahocities.org

Nominating Committee Chair: Immediate Past President Elaine Clegg—Council President, Boise

Nominating Committee Members:

Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden     

Mayor Brian Blad, Pocatello

Councilor Greg Lanting, Twin Falls

Mayor John Evans, Garden City

Mayor Mac Pooler, Kellogg

Council President Mitch Hart, Soda Springs

Mayor Garret Nancolas, Caldwell

To achieve a quorum, the Nominating Committee must have at least three AIC Past Presidents in attendance.  If a Quorum cannot be established the President will appoint three sitting AIC District Directors to serve with the available Past Presidents on the Nominating Committee.

Nomination of Officers: The Nominating Committee is required to select candidates according to a geographic rotation to ensure each of Idaho’s major geographic regions are represented. The AIC Bylaws have established the geographic regions to be:

North: AIC Districts 1 and 2

South: AIC Districts 3 and 4

East: AIC Districts 5 and 6

West: AIC District 3A

About the AIC Board of Directors

The association is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the membership. The Board is charged with conducting the affairs of the association on behalf of member cities. Specifically, the Board is responsible for:

·         Advancing the public interest of cities,

·         Building democracy and community within cities, and

·         Strengthening the capacity of municipal government by providing research, education, and training to city elected officials and staff.

The Bylaws establish three types of Board membership: Officers, District Directors, and Past Presidents.

Officers: The Officers of the association consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Third Vice President. Officers are nominated by the Nominating Committee (chaired by the Immediate Past President and consisting of all Past Presidents serving on the Board) and elected by the full membership at the Annual Conference. Officers are nominated to maintain balance between Idaho’s four geographic regions. The Officers of the association also serve as members of the Board Executive Committee.

District Directors: Two District Directors are elected from each of the seven AIC districts at regional spring district workshops. Each District Director serves for staggered two-year terms.

Past Presidents: Past Presidents of the Association who have served continuously in city elective office may continue serving as voting members of the Board. The four most recent past presidents also serve on the AIC Board Executive Committee.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has general supervision over the affairs of the Association between Board meetings. The Executive Committee is also responsible for overseeing and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director.

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Idaho Rebounds: Gov. Little outlines new plans in path to prosperity

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 24, 2020

Governor Brad Little announced new plans today to help Idaho rebound from the economic impacts of coronavirus.

“Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic rebound because of the difficult changes we are making in the short-term,” Governor Little said. “Like everyone, I want our economy back up and running as soon as possible, but we simply cannot open everything all at once and reverse the good work we have done collectively over the past month to slow the spread of coronavirus. We have a plan to reopen our economy in stages, consistent with direction from the President.”

The Governor’s Office created Rebound.Idaho.Gov a new online resource for Idahoans to track the state’s progress in reopening the state’s economy in stages to ensure a strong economic comeback.

The plan will occur over four stages and sets forth specific criteria for Idaho to meet before moving into each of the four stages, as well as business protocols that must be followed for certain business to open up in the various stages.

The Governor also announced the creation of his Economic Rebound Advisory Committee, made up of business leaders across the state. The group will provide recommendations that work to rebuild employee and consumer confidence, provide for business stability and growth, and eventually business promotion and attraction.

“The Governor’s Economic Rebound Advisory Committee will provide recommendations for actions that support and drive the success of the safe reopening of our economy and related interests within the state,” said Darrel Anderson, Idaho Power CEO and Economic Rebound Advisory Committee leading member.

Idaho is still under a statewide stay-home order until April 30. Governor Little will make an announcement next week about whether Idaho has met the criteria to enter into the next stage of reopening.

 

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Guidance on Governor Little's Amended Statewide Stay-Home Order

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Governor Little extends statewide stay-home order to April 30 with exceptions

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Governor Brad Little announced today that he is extending the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly “non-essential” businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state.

“Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term,” Governor Little said. “The statewide stay-home order is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho, but the science tells us if you don’t time these measures right then we could worsen the outcome for citizens’ health and the economy weeks or months down the road.”  

Idahoans should continue to practice all the behaviors they have been doing since March 25, when Governor Little issued the 21-day order.  

However, formerly “non-essential” facilities and services under the order may offer curbside and delivery services between now and April 30.

In addition, Governor Little’s amended order issued today requires out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after entering. Those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state are excluded.

Governor Little also said “non-essential” businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as long as they prepare operational plans over the next two weeks to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; and direct flow of people in the operation.

This excludes some “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings.

He noted that may not occur if there is an upward trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Idaho between now and April 30.

“Rebounding to an economic recovery will require consumer confidence. Without therapeutics to treat symptoms of coronavirus, without a vaccine, and without herd immunity, consumers want to know businesses will adhere to strict practices to assure their health and safety. We can expect to go through phases of loosening and tightening of these measures until we do. In the meantime, I will continue to push for expanded access to testing,” Governor Little added.

Governor Little will evaluate the order again closer to the end of the month.

“I want to thank the people of Idaho for doing an incredible job protecting their neighbors and themselves by following the statewide stay-home order. We are truly a state made up of people who care for each other,” Governor Little said.

The amended order and other updated informational materials will be available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ after 1:30 p.m. MST today.

 

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A Message from AIC President Suzanne Hawkins: Kelley Packer is AIC's New Executive Director

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, April 13, 2020

It is my pleasure to announce that we have hired an extremely talented Executive Director. Kelley Packer will be leading our team starting Monday, April 27, 2020.

Kelley is currently the Division Administrator for the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses.  She has served in elected office at both the state and local levels, as a city councilor for the City of McCammon and for three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.  She currently serves as a civil discourse facilitator for the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

Now more than ever, we are working hard to support all cities throughout the great state of Idaho.  Please help us in welcoming Kelley to AIC!

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