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Free EPA Webinar: Planning for and Responding to Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

When: Thursday April 25th, 2019; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST

 

How to join: Join at the time of the webinar with this link.

 

The EPA Office of Water is hosting a webinar focusing on approaches for managing Hazardous Algal Blooms (HABs) in drinking water systems. Presentations will include a discussion of the health impacts of HABs, effective drinking water treatment approaches and a discussion of various EPA tools and resources that can be used by public water systems to manage cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking water. Additionally, The City of Salem, Oregon will share information on what they learned about cyanotoxins management from the cyanotoxins event they experienced in their drinking water system in 2018.

 

If you have any questions please contact Katherine Foreman at foreman.katherine@epa.gov or Lesley D’Anglada at danglada.lesley@epa.gov

 

For more information please visit the EPA's CyanoHABs Website 

 

* We’re in the process of revamping the EPA’s Cyanobacteria Website and some pages may not be working. Apologies for the inconvenience, we expect the issue to be resolved soon.

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AIC Elected Official Salary Survey Report is Available

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AIC has completed a salary survey of Idaho Mayors and Councilors, and you can check out the results by clicking HERE

 

This is a hot topic as ordinances to increase elected official salaries must be passed by the City Council and published in the official city newspaper after Council passage by Thursday, August 22, 2019.  The salary ordinance takes effect in January 2020 after the November city general elections.

 

Mayor and Council salaries are required by Idaho law to be set by ordinance, and the ordinance must be passed at least 75 days before the city general election in an odd-numbered year, which is timed to be just in advance of the city candidate filing period.

 

We appreciate the help of the many City Clerks and other staff who completed the survey.

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Conservation Voters of Idaho: Getting Ready for Earth Day 2019!

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 29, 2019

Earth Day is just around the corner and this year’s theme from the Earth Day Network is Protect
Our Species!

Cities play a critical role in protecting biodiversity and educating the public about the importance of species and biodiversity in regard to community health and well-being. Local governments have a wide array of options available to implement species and biodiversity protection plans. These include ordinances, citywide strategies, public outreach, and education campaigns. The Earth Day Network has put together an excellent set of resources designed to help local leaders engage and educate constituents and launch initiatives to protect biodiversity.

The Toolkit for Cities and Local Leaders contains ideas for actions, examples of successful  initiatives, media tools, and other resources to help municipalities participate. Since it’s inception, local governments have always been at the center of Earth Day activities and continue to play an essential role in engaging and educating the public. Earth Day offers an opportunity and a platform to bring your community together, amplify actions and initiatives that already focus on biodiversity, and launch new ones to help make your city more biodiversity-friendly.

Included are a series of example initiatives ranging from local government action to public engagement and education. There are tools to organize a roundtable discussion around The Global Day of Conversation, where you can bring together relevant influencers, experts, and stakeholders from all corners of your community. This is a great opportunity to review the status of conservation in your city, current infrastructure and resources in place for fostering biodiversity, as well as how the community can collectively reduce its impact on biodiversity.

For communities that want to take it to the next step, there is a sample proclamation recognizing the importance of protecting species and declaring April 22, 2019 as Earth Day. The Toolkit includes everything you need to implement a communications campaign to highlight your biodiversity plans - talking points, press releases, letter to the editor templates, and social media content. Communities can also Become an Earth Day 2019 Partner City by sharing the city’s plans to take action on Earth Day 2019. By signing up, you receive updates on the campaign and success stories from cities around the world.

For more information about Earth Day 2019 in your city or becoming a Partner City, please contact the Earth Day Network at cities@earthday.org.

About the Conservation Voters of Idaho

Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) is a statewide bipartisan organization whose mission is to create the political environment to protect the natural environment. We understand that our connection to our natural heritage is a huge part of being an Idahoan. Whether it be camping in the woods with your family, hunting or fishing with your friends, a great hike on the outskirts of town, or a walk through a neighborhood park, we do our best to help safeguard the air, water, and outdoor spaces that allow us to enjoy those things. CVI works to hold elected officials accountable for their votes and provide independent information to voters through multi-channeled engagement practices.

CVI cultivates and elects candidates to public office who will protect Idaho’s natural heritage because our economy, the health of our families, and our treasured way of life cannot be sustained without sound investments and smart policies. CVI also works to advocate for sound environmental policies and has a successful history of working with communities to support local policy solutions. We are always looking for space to share learnings on municipal issues as we continue to collaborate with cities across the state. Our issues range from open space, water, and wildlife to safer chemicals, transportation, and clean energy. We know every community is starting with a different set of challenges and opportunities and that solutions will be as diverse as those communities.

Please feel free to contact CVI if you have any questions on this year's Earth Day or would like  more information on the work CVI does with cities and communities in Idaho at info@cvidaho.org.

 

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Training Opportunity: L0547 Continuity Exercise Design Course | April 24-25, 2019 in Boise, ID

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

FEMA Region X is pleased to announce an offering of the L0547 Continuity Exercise Design Course taking place on April 24-25, 2019 in Boise, ID. For additional details, please review the information and application procedures HERE.

Course Description:  This course is designed to provide participants with the tools and hands-on experience necessary to develop continuity exercises for their organization. This course begins by explaining the unique aspects of continuity exercise design. The course also provides instruction on how to develop a continuity exercise and allows participants to use what they learn to create continuity exercises in class.

Target Audience: The course is intended for state, local, tribal, private, and Federal employees responsible for a Continuity of Operations Program.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Kate Grant, at Katelyn.Grant@fema.dhs.gov or at (425) 487-4505.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region 10 is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation contact Stacie Imuta at least five (5) working days in advance at 425-487-4772 or email at Stacie.Imuta@fema.dhs.gov.

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The End of the Legislative Session Approaches

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 22, 2019

The end of this year’s legislative session is fraught with tension as the Legislature faces major decisions on Medicaid funding and transportation funding that have yet to be resolved. 

We greatly appreciate the high level of engagement from city officials this session and grassroots advocacy has been instrumental in protecting cities’ interests this session.

We will briefly cover where the major issues sit and how city officials can help as we approach the homestretch.

Annexation

One of the most significant victories this session was the defeat of House Bill 130, which was held in the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee after cities expressed concerns about the bill’s provisions concerning highway and railroad rights-of-way.  But annexation remains a very live issue for legislators and AIC committed to look at the issue over the interim to see if there are potential reforms to the law.

Online Sales Tax

City officials weighed in strongly asking that House Bill 259 on online sales and use tax collection be sent to the Senate amending order for changes and that effort was successful.  AIC is working hard to protect cities’ interests and it is expected that some compromise will be necessary (e.g. like a sunset of the revenue sharing diversion after a few years).

Transportation Funding

There is still considerable work for transportation funding issues to be resolved.

Senate Bill 1201 was passed by the Senate 19-15-1 and now awaits a hearing in the House Transportation & Defense Committee.  The bill would phaseout the Idaho State Police from the Highway Distribution Account (HDA) over five years beginning in FY 2021 and concluding in FY 2025, resulting in an additional $18 million to the HDA after full phaseout.

Senate Bill 1126 passed the Senate this week by a unanimous vote.  The bill would extend the surplus eliminator for five years, with half of state general fund surplus revenue being dedicated to the Strategic Initiatives Fund for transportation projects that is split 60% to ITD and 40% to local highway jurisdictions.  The bill’s fate in the House is uncertain.

It would be helpful for city officials to weigh in with legislators asking that any transportation funding package include local highway jurisdictions (cities, counties and highway districts) and discussing the significant road and bridge needs that we have at the local level.

Urban Renewal

This remains a very live issue as House Bill 217 was sent by the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to the amending order for changes that will likely be drafted this weekend.  AIC will be working diligently to protect cities’ interests on this legislation.  Cities are encouraged to weigh in with members of the Senate, sharing your perspectives on how important urban renewal is as an economic development tool and how it has been used successfully to revitalize downtowns.    

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Please Contact Senators to Ask they Protect Revenue Sharing in Amendments to HB 259

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, March 21, 2019

On Thursday, the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee voted to send House Bill 259, the legislation that would ensure online sales and use tax is collected on purchases made through Internet marketplace facilitators, to the amending order for changes. 

 

We ask city officials to contact your Senator as quickly as time allows and respectfully ask that they protect local government revenue sharing in the amendments that are made to House Bill 259.  You can find a list of Senators here.  You can find your Senator using this tool on the Legislature’s website. 

 

House Bill 259 fulfills the important and needed purpose of collecting sales and use tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision, bringing new sales and use tax revenue to Idaho. 

 

However, the bill would dedicate all of this new revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund, which would not go through revenue sharing.  The legislation provides no specificity on how this revenue would be used.  The bill also provides that marketplace facilitators would not be required to collect local option sales taxes.

 

AIC is asking for amendments that ensure online sales and use taxes will be collected and that local governments don’t lose out on this revenue indefinitely.   

 

Local governments are facing unprecedented rates of growth in some communities, and most are struggling to fund public safety services like police and fire, street maintenance and other costs. 

 

It is anticipated that sales and use tax collections from Internet marketplace facilitators will grow into the future, making it very important that this vital source of revenue go through the revenue sharing formula.

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Register Today for Regional Spring District Workshops in Late April & Early May

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

We hope you can join us for the regional Spring District Workshops that will be held in six locations in late April and early May.  You can register via the AIC website HERE

The workshops will cover a review of the 2019 legislative session, basics of budgeting and city revenues, and planning and zoning best practices.   There will also be a caucus to select the district director to represent the district on the AIC Board of Directors.

The dates and locations of the Spring District Workshops are listed below.

Monday, April 22: District 5—Idaho Central Credit Union, 4400 Central Way, Chubbuck

Tuesday, April 23: District 6—Shilo Inn Convention Center, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls

Wednesday, April 24: District 4—Best Western Burley Inn, 800 North Overland Ave., Burley

Thursday, April 25: District 3—Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa

Monday, April 29: District 2—Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Rd., Moscow

Tuesday, April 30: District 1—Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene

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Legislative Alert: Please Ask Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to Send HB 259 to Amending Order

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, the House voted to pass House Bill 259, which would collect sales and use tax from Internet marketplace facilitators and dedicate that revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund.  

The bill is now headed to the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee and AIC asks city officials to contact committee members to respectfully ask that they send the bill to the amending order.  The committee members and their contact information are shown at the bottom of this email.

House Bill 259 fulfills the important and needed purpose of collecting sales and use tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision, bringing new sales and use tax revenue to Idaho.  

However, the bill would dedicate all of this new revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund, which would not go through revenue sharing.  The legislation provides no specificity on how this revenue would be used.  The bill also provides that marketplace facilitators would not be required to collect local option sales taxes.

AIC is asking for the bill to go to the amending order so that Sections 4, 5, and 6 could be eliminated, ensuring that sales and use taxes will be collected from Internet marketplace facilitators and the revenue will go through revenue sharing.  

Local governments are facing unprecedented rates of growth in some communities, and most are struggling to fund needed maintenance of their streets and other infrastructure.

It is anticipated that sales and use tax collections from Internet marketplace facilitators will grow into the future, making it very important that this vital source of revenue go through the revenue sharing formula.

The members of the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee and their office emails and phone numbers are listed below.  

Sen. Jim Rice, Chair

Email:  jrice@senate.idaho.gov

Phone: (208) 332-1423

 

Sen. C. Scott Grow, Vice Chair

Email:  sgrow@senate.idaho.gov

Phone: (208) 332-1334

 

Sen. Brent Hill

Email:  bhill@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1300

 

Sen. Steve Vick

Email:  sjvick@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1345

 

Sen. Kelly Arthur Anthon

Email:  kanthon@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1327

 

Sen. Todd M. Lakey

Email:  tlakey@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1328

 

Sen. Don Cheatham

Email:  dcheatham@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1338

 

Sen. Grant Burgoyne

Email:  gburgoyne@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1409

 

Sen. Mark Nye

Email:  mnye@senate.idaho.gov

Phone:  (208) 332-1406

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Senate Committee Kills AIC-Opposed Annexation Bill

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee voted to kill House Bill 130, an AIC-opposed bill on annexation. 

We extend our appreciation to the many city officials who contacted legislators in opposition to the bill.

Excellent testimony was provided at the hearing by AIC Legislative Committee Chair Mayor John Evans of Garden City.

“The primary concern cities have with the bill is that railroad or Interstate highway rights-of-way should not become barriers to annexation,” Mayor Evans said.  “We are also concerned about the impacts of allowing a minority to veto an annexation under Category B.”

The committee members expressed appreciation to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jarom Wagoner, R-Caldwell for digging into a complicated policy issue, but expressed concerns about the bill’s provisions concerning shoe stringing.

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Contact Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to Oppose HB 130aa on Annexation

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

On Tuesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee will have up for hearing an AIC-opposed bill on annexation, House Bill 130aa (as amended).  We ask city officials to contact committee members and respectfully ask that they oppose the bill.  The committee members and their emails are listed at the bottom of this email. 

House Bill 130aa would restrict cities’ ability to annex, which is essential to cost-effective delivery of infrastructure and services in communities around the state.

  • Changes regarding enclaves may make it more difficult to fill jurisdictional holes, resulting in continued confusion over what local government is responsible for providing services.
  • The bill increases the percentage of property owners required to consent for Category B annexations, allowing a minority of property owners to have veto power over future growth and development of a community.
  • The bill’s right-of-way width requirement is new and would apparently prohibit a city from annexing lands across a road right-of-way greater than 150 feet, which includes most Interstate highways and even some local roads.  This would effectively turn highways into walls for cities that are growing rapidly.

The members of Senate Local Government & Taxation and their office emails and phone numbers are listed below.  

Sen. Jim Rice, Chair 
Email:  jrice@senate.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-1423

Sen. C. Scott Grow, Vice Chair 
Email:  sgrow@senate.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-1334

Sen. Brent Hill 
Email:  bhill@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1300

Sen. Steve Vick 
Email:  sjvick@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1345

Sen. Kelly Arthur Anthon 
Email:  kanthon@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1327

Sen. Todd M. Lakey 
Email:  tlakey@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1328

Sen. Don Cheatham
Email:  dcheatham@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1338

Sen. Grant Burgoyne 
Email:  gburgoyne@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1409

Sen. Mark Nye
Email:  mnye@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1406

 

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