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Cities Now Required to Pass Annual Resolution to Accrue Forgone — AIC Shares Model Resolution

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

One of the most significant pieces of legislation on property taxes to take effect this year requires cities to pass an annual resolution, starting July 1, 2020, to accrue forgone for the year that the city is filing the L-2 property tax levy form.

AIC has developed a model forgone accrual resolution that you can find as a link at the bottom of this post.  We extend our appreciation to the City of Twin Falls for sharing their resolution with us. 

House Bill 354 requires cities to pass a resolution every year to accrue forgone property tax levying authority to be used in a future year.  If the city fails to pass the resolution, that year’s forgone amount would be forfeited permanently, but the city would still retain previous forgone levying authority already accrued. 

House Bill 354 would eliminate the current process for disclaiming forgone, so cities would not need to pass a resolution to disclaim forgone in the future, it would just be done by not passing a resolution to accrue forgone.

The process to pass the forgone accrual resolution includes notice published in the official newspaper twice, at least seven days apart and there must be a public hearing.  The process for the forgone resolution is the same as, and can be done together with, the city’s budget notice and hearing. 

Once passed by the city council, the resolution must be filed with the county with the L-2 property tax levy form.  The forgone reserved can only be for the year that the city is filing the L-2 levy form, and you can’t accrue multiple years of forgone in one resolution.  The resolution must specify the exact dollar amount of forgone being reserved. 

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Source Water Protection Grants for Idaho Communities: August 7, 2020 Deadline

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, June 25, 2020

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding for source water protection. Eligible applicants include public water systems, state and local government agencies, tribes, special districts (such as soil conservation districts), associations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in Idaho.


Grants up to $10,000 are available to implement projects to protect sources of public drinking water including:

         Contaminant source identification (research)

         Contaminant pathway removal (closure of abandoned or unused wells)

         Contaminant removal (hazardous waste collection, pollution prevention, and waste reduction)

         Contaminant management (implementation of best management practices (BMPs) and implementation of a source water protection plan)

         Education and information sharing (brochures, workshops, media campaigns)


Additional information and grant applications are available at


 Please note that the application deadline is August 7, 2020.

Staff Contact: Rachael Smith, REHS, Source Water Coordinator



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Sen. Maryanne Jordan and AIC Counsel Jerry Mason receive Ken Harward Award for exceptional service to Idaho and its communities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 22, 2020

AIC honored Idaho State Senator Maryanne Jordan and AIC Counsel Jerry Mason with the Ken Harward Award on June 11 during the AIC Virtual Annual Conference June 10-12, 2020.

The Ken Harward Award was established by AIC to recognize exceptional contributions benefiting the State of Idaho and its communities. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director for the City of Nampa, Idaho, for 24 years and his visionary planning was integral to the development of the Nampa Recreation Center, the Centennial-Ridgecrest golf complex, the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center. Harward was also AIC’s longest serving Executive Director and worked tirelessly to build the credibility and effectiveness of AIC.

Maryanne Jordan served on the Boise City Council from 2003 to 2017 and served as Council President from 2005-06 and 2010-2015.  She co-sponsored Boise’s non-discrimination ordinance and was active in the Boise Foothills Open Space campaign.  She was also actively engaged on the AIC Legislative Committee and as a district director on the AIC Board.

Maryanne was appointed by Governor Otter to fill a State Senate seat vacated when Boise Sen. Elliot Werk was appointed to the State Tax Commission. 

Maryanne is a former President of the West Valley Neighborhood Association and spent five years on Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission. 

“As a policymaker at the state and local level, Maryanne has distinguished herself by having a phenomenal grasp of complex issues, a willingness to work with others of differing philosophical perspectives, and for treating everyone with respect,” said AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer.  “Congratulations to Maryanne on this very well-deserved recognition!”

Jerry Mason serves as AIC’s Legal Counsel and as Board Counsel for ICRMP.  His work with AIC involves training, technical assistance and advocacy in the subject areas of planning and zoning, annexation, procurement, open meetings, public records, ethics, personnel, and liability.  

With his longtime law partner Nancy Stricklin, the Mason & Stricklin firm provided legal counsel to cities in North Idaho.

One of Jerry’s greatest highlights in advocating for cities was the Plummer v. Fruitland case, which was reheard before the Idaho Supreme Court and Jerry’s argument and amicus brief were instrumental in convincing the court to unanimously overturn their earlier decision and rule in favor of the city’s power to have an exclusive solid waste collection franchise.  It was an impressive and well-deserved result of Jerry’s hard work.

He has been an articulate and persuasive advocate for fair procedures to govern decisionmaking and his vision for procedural fairness is enshrined in state laws governing local government procurement, land use, and annexation.   

“Jerry’s 45 years of experience in local government provides him with a valuable and unequalled perspective,” said Kelley Packer.  “The AIC Board and staff have the greatest appreciation for Jerry’s dedicated service.”


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Twin Falls Mayor & AIC President Suzanne Hawkins receives Harold Hurst Award for outstanding contributions to Idaho cities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 22, 2020

Twin Falls Mayor and AIC President Suzanne Hawkins was honored with the Harold Hurst Award for her outstanding contributions to the association on June 11 during the AIC Virtual Annual Conference June 10-12, 2020.

The Harold Hurst Award is given annually to a city official who demonstrates exemplary performance in city government and who has contributed to the accomplishments of the Association of Idaho Cities. The award is named for Harold Hurst, the mayor of Heyburn for 24 years and a Past President of AIC.

Suzanne has served on the Twin Falls City Council since May 2012 and was elected Mayor in January of this year.  She has been actively engaged in AIC, serving on the Legislative Committee and currently as President.

In addition to her service to the City of Twin Falls, Suzanne has co-owned Computer Connection with her husband and currently works for Edward Jones.  Suzanne was recognized as one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year in 2019.

"Suzanne has led AIC through what was likely the most difficult year in the Association's history,” said AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer.  “She dealt with extremely sensitive issues with compassion, resolve and strength.” 

Suzanne has been a champion for youth engagement and the Twin Falls Youth Council, and has played a vital role in mentoring these future leaders.   

For her exceptional service to the association, we are proud to recognize Suzanne with the Harold Hurst Award.


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Cities Honored with City Achievement Awards at AIC Virtual Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 22, 2020

Eighteen cities were honored with City Achievement Awards at the recent AIC Virtual Annual Conference, June 10-12.  Brief summaries of the winning projects in each category are provided below and at the bottom of the post you can find a link to check out all the projects submitted for recognition this year.  Congratulations to the winning cities!

In the Community Engagement Category:

Adopt a Tree Program – City of Cascade: As part of the city’s downtown revitalization, Cascade successfully invited individuals, families, businesses and groups to adopt from among the 75 tree boxes and 16 barrels along Main Street.    

New Year’s Eve Beet Drop – City of Rupert: The City’s now iconic 25-foot tall, 12-foot wide sugar beet weighing 1,500 pounds was dropped in a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration downtown that generated media buzz across the country. 

Community Outreach & Engagement – City of Sandpoint: The Engage Sandpoint App was developed to provide citizens an easy way to stay informed and share feedback on city programs and projects, report non-emergencies, manage utility bills, apply for permits and registration, and stay connected with the city. 

In the Economic & Community Development Category:

Experience Idaho Falls Liiingo App - City of Idaho Falls: The app is an innovative and multilingual tool to give visitors information about places to visit, activities, restaurants, and lodging options in English, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. 

Sprague Walkway & McGhee Cement Treated Base Projects - City of Kootenai: These grant funded projects involve child safety pedestrian improvements around Kootenai Elementary School and repair of a major collector between Highway 200 and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. 

Northgate Interchange Public Private Partnership – City of Pocatello: Leveraging funding from the cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, Bannock County, ITD, Pocatello Development Authority and Millennial Development, the Public-Private Partnership project for the interchange accessing over 2,000 acres of north Pocatello was finished 15 years ahead of the projected timeline.

Project Trio – City of Burley: Three closely interrelated projects brought to Burley resulting in capital investment of $300 million and 290 jobs: McCain Foods’ potato processing plant expansion, NEWCOLD’s new 25 million cubic foot sub-zero warehouse, and WATCO’s new “Perishable Express” high efficiency shipping.

In the Parks & Recreation Category:

Gravel Grinder Map - City of Hailey: A map of the best local routes for cyclists looking for opportunities to ride on gravel roads in Blaine County.

Transforming North Park - City of Jerome: A cooperative project between the city and Jerome Recreation District, with funding from Idaho Central Credit Union and other local contributions, that established a new and dramatically improved North Park with an amphitheater, splash pad, play area, sidewalk and extension to the skate park. 

Kuna Splash Pad – City of Kuna: A 3,100 square foot splash pad located on the Kuna greenbelt with a system for recycling water and reusing it for irrigation, this has proven to be a very popular summer amenity for this community.  

2020 Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration and Community Health & Wellness Programs - City of Mountain Home: The city continued with its Arbor Day celebration despite the pandemic, allowing citizens to request delivery of a tree seedling that was dropped off at their home or property.  The city also developed a partnership with St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center to offer free fitness classes for citizens.

In the Public Safety Category:

Biosolids Dryer - City of Burley: The city purchased a used biosolids dryer from a community in Florida that was hauled to Idaho on four semi loads for its Industrial Treatment Facility to produce safe biosolids that will be used as fertilizer for alfalfa and feed corn. 

School Emergency Notification App - City of Malad: A cooperative project with the Oneida School District, the App for phones and tablets developed by Jesse Wakley provides connectivity to parents, school administrators, resource officers, city dispatch, and first responders in the event of an emergency.

Idaho Standard Command Responses for Schools – City of Meridian: The document standardizes communication and procedures for school personnel and students during emergency response situations and is being used by over 60% of the student population in Idaho.

Police Department Building (Scott Benton) – City of Salmon: Salmon retiree Scott Benton volunteered to make major technological upgrades to allow the city to use a recently vacated facility for its Police Department, rewiring the facility for phones, data and networking capability.

In the Public Works & Transportation Category:

Water Metering Project - City of Ammon: The mayor and council made the policy decision to install water meters to ensure efficient and sustainable use of this scarce resource, resulting in a savings of 370 million gallons during the summer of 2019.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Green Technology: Linear Mixer and Digester – City of Caldwell: The Caldwell wastewater treatment plant has been updated and upgraded with the goal of making it able to operate using biotechnology instead of chemicals, making the plant more efficient and self-sustaining. 

Re-Use Project (Nate Runyan) – City of Nampa: The city is receiving a first of its kind in the State of Idaho reuse permit to allow highly treated Class A water to be used in the community for fire protection, commercial and residential landscaping, and irrigation needs.  Nate Runyan, the Deputy Public Works Director, led a public outreach and education effort that built public support for the upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.

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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

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 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 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  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

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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