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State Sales Tax Collections & Revenue Sharing Continue to Out-Perform Expectations

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Cities have faced a very challenging budget environment this year, with a lot of new programs and new policies to understand that have made the process more labor intensive than in years past. 

Idaho’s economy continues to perform relatively well compared to other states.  Our unemployment rate fell to 5% in July, significantly lower than the national rate of 10%.  In-migration into the state is continuing in the teeth of a global pandemic, a serious recession and high unemployment nationally.

Revenue sharing continues to exhibit real strength as sales tax revenues are outperforming expectations.  Revenues to cities and counties increased 11% in July and August 2020 over the same months of the previous year. 

There are good reasons to be optimistic about revenue sharing in the near future, including continued strength in new construction and development that is reflected in sales of high dollar building materials and home furnishings. 

There are reasons to be cautious, too, as federal stimulus and financial support (payments to individuals and increased payments for those collecting unemployment) appears to be ending or reducing significantly, which may mean consumers have fewer dollars to spend in the near term. 

But, at this point, it appears that AIC’s original forecast of a 3% decline in state FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) in total revenue sharing dollars to cities is likely too pessimistic.  The good news is that this will ease the transition to the new distribution formula based on city population.    

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Belden Nu'uvali Partners with AIC and Members To Keep Our City Buildings Safer!

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, September 3, 2020
Updated: Friday, September 4, 2020

We are excited to announce a new partnership between AIC and Belden Nu'uvali, a provider of Penetrexx - an antimicrobial polymer that, when applied to surfaces, helps kill or inhibit single-celled organisms for up to 30 days!

The team at Belden Nu'uvali has seen the way that associations like AIC and our members have been impacted by COVID-19.  In response, Belden Nu'uvali is committing to help by offering us a unique partnership that includes a 10% profit share of "personal protective equipment" (PPE) sales with AIC, including Penetrexx applications.

This means that your city's purchase will not only help keep you, your staff, and stakeholders safer - but will also help keep our Association thriving for the benefit to all of us!

AIC recently hosted a webinar for our members to introduce Penetrexx, and the Belden Nu'uvali team has graciously developed a unique landing page for our members HERE.

Find out more about electrostatic spaying and how Penetrexx works HERE.

NOTE: To reduce overall project costs, please consider reaching out to your neighbor cities/communities and other entities to explore cost-share opportunities within your region.

 

 

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Process for Submitting AIC Member Initiated Legislative Proposals

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

AIC has a process for members to submit legislative proposals for consideration as AIC priority legislation. Members can submit proposals to AIC staff at any time; however, in order to prepare for the upcoming session, the Bylaws do contain a deadline of Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

This post is to serve as a resource for those interested in submitting legislative proposals to AIC for possible inclusion in the AIC priority legislative package. Please feel free to contact AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer (kpacker@idahocities.org) or AIC Policy Analyst Justin Ruen (jruen@idahocities.org) with any questions.

The process for submitting member initiated legislative proposals, as well as basic FAQs are outlined below. 

Who can propose AIC sponsored priority legislation?

Proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation may be brought forward by any of the following association members and groups:

·       AIC Board of Directors,

·       AIC Legislative Committee,

·       AIC Committees, or

·       Elected Officials from One or More Member City.

The Bylaws also allow AIC staff to bring legislative proposals to the Board of Directors at any time. 

When is the deadline to submit a proposal for AIC sponsored priority legislation for consideration?

All policy proposals must be submitted to AIC staff by the close of business on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, in order to be considered as part of the AIC Priority Legislative Package. Please submit all legislative proposals via email to Kelley Packer (kpacker@idahocities.org) or Justin Ruen (jruen@idahocities.org).  

What information must be included with member submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

Legislative proposals submitted to AIC for consideration by an approved sponsor must include the following information:

·       The sponsor (either the name, title, and city of the sponsor or the name of the AIC committee)

·       A brief summary of the proposed legislation in sufficient detail to evaluate the proposal

·       A simple statement of the fiscal impact of the proposed legislation on the state and local governments

·       Draft legislative language

Will AIC staff review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require association staff to prepare a staff report to assist the Board of Directors in reviewing priority legislation. The staff report will include the following items:

·       A list of Idaho statutes affected by the proposed legislation,

·       A list of city departments and city officials affected by the proposed legislation,

·       A list of legislative stakeholders both likely to support and likely to oppose the proposed legislation,

·       A statement of the reasons to support the proposed legislation,

·       A statement of the reasons not to support the legislation, including unintended consequences,

·       A brief fiscal analysis of the proposed legislation, and

·       An analysis of the political feasibility of the proposed legislation (likelihood of passage).

Who will review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Board of Directors is authorized by the Bylaws to review and evaluate all legislative proposals submitted by the membership for consideration.

When will the Board of Directors meet to review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Board of Directors will meet no later than November to consider member submitted legislative proposals.

How will the Board of Directors review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require the Board of Directors to take the following information into consideration when reviewing legislative proposals:

·       The proposed legislation should affect more than one member city,

·       The proposed legislation should benefit more than one member city,

·       The proposed legislation should be within the general realm and scope of city government, and

·       The proposed legislation should be politically feasible.

What is the voting threshold for the Board of Directors to adopt membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors in order to support member initiated legislative proposals.

Why is the approval threshold so high?

Having a two-thirds threshold ensures that only near consensus legislation is advanced, thus preventing major divisions within the membership.

For how long is legislation adopted by the Board of Directors the policy position of the association?

Member initiated priority legislation adopted by the Board of Directors will remain the policy position of the association for one year; however, nothing will preclude unsuccessful legislation from being reconsidered in subsequent years.

When will the membership have the opportunity to review AIC sponsored priority legislation adopted by the Board of Directors?

Association membership will have an opportunity to review and comment on AIC sponsored priority legislation at the fall Legislative Committee meeting. Members will also have the opportunity to review AIC sponsored priority legislation during the AIC Legislative Committee meeting held in conjunction with the AIC City Officials Day at the Capitol in late January.

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Register Today for 2020 Virtual ICCTFOA Institute!

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, August 18, 2020

This year’s Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association Institute will be held in a virtual format using the Whova app, and registration and other information is available now via the AIC website. 

The Institute will be held September 23-25, 2020 and will feature outstanding training and knowledgeable presenters.  The registration cost is $125.

There are two AIC Online University courses being offering in conjunction with the Institute through Boise State University, covering navigating ethical changes and how the legislative process works.  You can choose the course(s) on the conference online registration form and you will be sent a link to register and pay for the course(s) through BSU.

If you made hotel room reservations at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel & Event Center YOU MUST call 208-238-4800 using the pin # 8198 when asked, TO CANCEL, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE RESERVATION.

We look forward to an outstanding 2020 ICCTFOA Institute and we hope you can join us!

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Idaho Draft Statewide Water Quality Status Report: Comments Due August 22, 2020

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, July 23, 2020

Water shapes economic growth, the environment, and the very social fabric of our communities.  Ensuring that Idaho's communities have access to safe, reliable, and affordable water and water treatment is the cornerstone of a sustainable and prosperous Idaho. 

The manner in which the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) assesses the quality of Idaho's streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs is one of a number of important programs implemented to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.  When surface waters of Idaho are found to be out of compliance with the water quality criteria necessary to support the designated uses, these water bodies must be reported to the US Environmental Protection Agency; followed by the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL; i.e., pollutant budget) and implementation plan in order to bring the water quality back into compliance.

The draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report has been developed in order to meet these environmental and public health needs. Public comments on the draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report are being invited by the IDEQ by August 22, 2020. 

The 2018/2020 Integrated Report provides background information on the state's water resources, including DEQ’s water pollution control program and special concerns affecting water quality; an overview of DEQ’s surface water monitoring and assessment program, including attainment status results for all state surface waters and a discussion about public health issues; an overview of Idaho’s ground water monitoring and assessment efforts; and a summary of public participation in the development of the Integrated Report.

The following highlights are discussed in more detail in the draft Report:

  • Since the 2016 Integrated Report, the extent of stream and river miles fully supporting beneficial uses has increased from 31,398 miles to 31,923 miles, and the extent of stream and river miles not supporting beneficial uses has decreased from 34,404 miles to 33,021 miles.

  • DEQ de-listed (removed) 146 assessment unit-cause combinations from Categories 4 or 5 (impaired waters).

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlighted a Non-point Source Management Program success story for Lost Creek and Falls Creek in northern Idaho.

  • Restoration efforts resulted in sediment reductions and improved aquatic habitat conditions in both water bodies. As a result, DEQ removed Lost Creek and Falls Creek from the state’s 2016 list of impaired waters for sediment.

Sufficient water quality data and supporting analysis, coupled with public confidence that the pollutant targets will eventually be achieved, helps provide important justifications for revised management practices and the significant water infrastructure investments expected of municipal and industrial wastewater facilities.

The draft report provides background information on the state's water resources, including DEQ’s water pollution control program and special concerns affecting water quality; an overview of DEQ’s surface water monitoring and assessment program, including assessment results for all state surface waters and a discussion on public health issues; an overview of Idaho’s ground water monitoring and assessment efforts; and a summary of how the public can participate in the development of the Integrated Report. The draft report was developed using DEQ data and other readily available data collected within the last five years (2014–2018).

The following materials are available for review:

  • Draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report (PDF)
  • Draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report Appendix A: Clean Water Act Section 305(b) List and 303(d) List (PDF)
  • Draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report map of water bodies in the state (32 inches x 42 inches) (PDF)
  • Draft 2018/2020 Integrated Report Interactive Mapper (Online)


Written comments will be accepted through August 22 at 5 p.m. MDT.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Robert Esquivel
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Email: robert.esquivel@deq.idaho.gov

 

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Idaho Sustainable Materials Management Grants: Applications Due August 28, 2020

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, July 10, 2020

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for funding to implement or enhance sustainable materials management projects in Idaho.

DEQ is interested in projects from local governments and nonprofits across Idaho that implement, enhance, or support innovative recycling programs, develop markets for recyclables, or reduce food waste.

Applicants can apply for up to $30,000 for sustainable materials management projects. The full application package, including eligibility and ranking criteria, is available on DEQ’s website. Applications are due August 28, 2020, at 5 p.m. MDT.

For more information or questions about the application package, contact Ben Jarvis at (208) 373-0146 or ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov.

Resources:

LEED for Cities and Communities

How This Town Produces No Trash

You Can Live Without Producing Trash

"Getting to Zero Waste: Cities, Communities & the Circular Economy, April 2020" webinar & slides 

 

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Cities Dodge Severe Decline in Highway Distribution Account Revenue for Last Quarter, But Still See Meaningful Reduction

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is projecting that revenue to the Highway Distribution Account for the last quarter (April 1 through June 30, 2020) will decline 5.7%, which is a meaningful decrease, but not nearly as bad as ITD and AIC feared with projections of a much more severe reduction. 

The Highway Distribution Account revenue is allocated based on city population, so cities that are not growing will experience more of a decline relative to growing cities.

The severe projections were the result of traffic counts that dropped dramatically during the Stay-Home Order, and while there was a decline in gas tax revenue, there was still decent revenue generated from diesel and other non-fuel tax components of the Highway Distribution Account (vehicle registrations, etc.). 

What does this mean for Highway Distribution Account revenues for the state 2021 Fiscal Year, which started July 1, 2020?  That is still largely up in the air, but it seems likely that there will be an ongoing decrease in gas tax revenue from people continuing to work from home and reduced travel and vacations. 

Based on what we saw last quarter, AIC’s original projection of a 15% decrease for the state FY 2021 is likely too pessimistic.  A reduction in the range of 5 to 10% from the city’s state FY 2020 numbers (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) is probably more realistic.  But, the situation continues to evolve and we will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

 

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Process for Submitting AIC Member Initiated Legislative Proposals

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

AIC has a process for members to submit legislative proposals for consideration as AIC priority legislation. Members can submit proposals to AIC staff at any time; however, in order to prepare for the upcoming session, the Bylaws do contain a deadline of Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

This post is to serve as a resource for those interested in submitting legislative proposals to AIC for possible inclusion in the AIC priority legislative package. Please feel free to contact AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer (kpacker@idahocities.org) or AIC Policy Analyst Justin Ruen (jruen@idahocities.org) with any questions.

The process for submitting member initiated legislative proposals, as well as basic FAQs are outlined below. 

Who can propose AIC sponsored priority legislation?

Proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation may be brought forward by any of the following association members and groups:

·       AIC Board of Directors,

·       AIC Legislative Committee,

·       AIC Committees, or

·       Elected Officials from One or More Member City.

The Bylaws also allow AIC staff to bring legislative proposals to the Board of Directors at any time. 

When is the deadline to submit a proposal for AIC sponsored priority legislation for consideration?

All policy proposals must be submitted to AIC staff by the close of business on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, in order to be considered as part of the AIC Priority Legislative Package. Please submit all legislative proposals via email to Kelley Packer (kpacker@idahocities.org) or Justin Ruen (jruen@idahocities.org).  

What information must be included with member submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

Legislative proposals submitted to AIC for consideration by an approved sponsor must include the following information:

·       The sponsor (either the name, title, and city of the sponsor or the name of the AIC committee)

·       A brief summary of the proposed legislation in sufficient detail to evaluate the proposal

·       A simple statement of the fiscal impact of the proposed legislation on the state and local governments

·       Draft legislative language

Will AIC staff review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require association staff to prepare a staff report to assist the Board of Directors in reviewing priority legislation. The staff report will include the following items:

·       A list of Idaho statutes affected by the proposed legislation,

·       A list of city departments and city officials affected by the proposed legislation,

·       A list of legislative stakeholders both likely to support and likely to oppose the proposed legislation,

·       A statement of the reasons to support the proposed legislation,

·       A statement of the reasons not to support the legislation, including unintended consequences,

·       A brief fiscal analysis of the proposed legislation, and

·       An analysis of the political feasibility of the proposed legislation (likelihood of passage).

Who will review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Board of Directors is authorized by the Bylaws to review and evaluate all legislative proposals submitted by the membership for consideration.

When will the Board of Directors meet to review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Board of Directors will meet no later than November to consider member submitted legislative proposals.

How will the Board of Directors review membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require the Board of Directors to take the following information into consideration when reviewing legislative proposals:

·       The proposed legislation should affect more than one member city,

·       The proposed legislation should benefit more than one member city,

·       The proposed legislation should be within the general realm and scope of city government, and

·       The proposed legislation should be politically feasible.

What is the voting threshold for the Board of Directors to adopt membership submitted proposals for AIC sponsored priority legislation?

The Bylaws require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors in order to support member initiated legislative proposals.

Why is the approval threshold so high?

Having a two-thirds threshold ensures that only near consensus legislation is advanced, thus preventing major divisions within the membership.

For how long is legislation adopted by the Board of Directors the policy position of the association?

Member initiated priority legislation adopted by the Board of Directors will remain the policy position of the association for one year; however, nothing will preclude unsuccessful legislation from being reconsidered in subsequent years.

When will the membership have the opportunity to review AIC sponsored priority legislation adopted by the Board of Directors?

Association membership will have an opportunity to review and comment on AIC sponsored priority legislation at the fall Legislative Committee meeting. Members will also have the opportunity to review AIC sponsored priority legislation during the AIC Legislative Committee meeting held in conjunction with the AIC City Officials Day at the Capitol in late January.

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ID State Tax Commission Withholding Tables Updated

Posted By Dara Von Lossberg, Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Idaho State Tax Commission has updated the income tax withholding tables for 2020. Withholding does NOT need to be adjusted back to the beginning of the year, but please use the revised tables going forward: 

Table for Percentage Computation Method of Withholding

Table for Wage Bracket Method of Withholding

 

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AIC Updates Procurement Manual

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The newly updated AIC Procurement Manual, which covers state laws on purchasing of public works construction, as well as goods and services, is now available and can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this blog post.

Thanks to AIC Financial Coordinator Dara Von Lossberg and AIC Counsel Jerry Mason for their great work on this project!

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