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Download the Presentation for the Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 19, 2019
We look forward to seeing you at the AIC Spring District Workshops over the next two weeks. 

The workshops will cover a recap of the 2019 legislative session, the basics of budgeting and revenue sources, and planning and zoning, area of city impact and annexation.  At lunch, there will be a caucus to select the district director to represent the district on the AIC Board of Directors. 

There is still time to register via the AIC webpage

The presentation for the workshop can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF on the AIC website.  There are three versions:

One slide per page.

Two slides per page.

Three slides per page with lines for notes.

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2019 Legislative Session Finally Ends

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

After an unusually long and acrimonious session, the Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April 11th.  They convened with four main issues to tackle: Medicaid expansion, the public school funding formula rewrite, tax revenue shortfalls and prison overcrowding. They ended by punting on several of these issues. 

 

The session began in January with state tax revenues coming in approximately $100 million dollars behind forecasts. This was attributed to under withholding on personal income taxes triggered by tax reductions at the federal and state level. While some of this shortfall was recouped January through March, the month of April will ultimately determine whether the state will be able to meet its revenue projections.  This uncertainly had negative consequences for cities in regard to transportation funding. The Legislature hesitated to reauthorize the surplus eliminator legislation that will sunset in July. However, we were able to get approximately $3 million in additional funding to the highway distribution account by moving the Idaho State Police’s portion to the general fund. After full implementation over 5 years, the total will be over $15 million in new dollars flowing through the distribution formula.

 

Unfortunately, as is increasingly becoming the trend, the majority of our time with the Legislature is spent opposing legislation harmful to cities.  In working with other local government stakeholders, it is clear that we all now have to use most of our political capital to prevent bad legislation.  This leaves little bandwidth and legislative will to devote to enacting legislation beneficial to locals.  

 

AIC spent a great deal of time working to kill legislation that would be harmful to cities, including a bill to preempt local ordinances banning cellphone use while driving, two annexation bills that would have substantially altered city annexation authority, legislation that would have significantly changed the sales tax revenue sharing distribution formula, legislation that would have prevented severance pay for public employees, and a bill that would have allowed counties to opt out of land use planning. 

 

We were successful in preventing the passage of every single bill that we actively opposed except for two pieces of legislation, both of which we were able to get amended. One bill radically reduced the ability to utilize urban renewal dollars by requiring a vote any time tax increment financing is used on a project. We were able to get significant amendments to add back in a threshold before a vote is required and remove the emergency clause, so the bill won’t go into effect immediately.  We were also able to get a sunset clause on the sections of a bill that direct the sales tax collections by online marketplace facilitators into a tax relief account rather than through the sales tax distribution formula.  The fact that these bills did not go through as originally drafted were significant victories especially since both passed the House unamended by large margins.

 

We were also able to help shepherd through several pieces of legislation beneficial to cities.  AIC supported legislation that ensures exclusive jurisdiction to locals to determine overweight truck routes and fees to support engineering grants for route evaluation, a bill to simplify overly burdensome permits for beer and wine in city plazas, and legislation that modernizes and streamlines cooperative purchasing among others.

 

There is broad agreement that this was one of the most hostile and least productive sessions on record.  However, we were able to prevent the most egregious bills from passing and get through some legislation that will be helpful to cities.  Our legislative success was due to the engagement of city officials in contacting their legislators.  We want to express our gratitude to all of you who followed our bill tracker and reached out to your local legislators on issues that would impact your city. We cannot be effective without your efforts and they are greatly appreciated!

 

To get a complete overview of this year’s session, we invite you to attend the Spring District Workshops being held at various locations around the state. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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IHFA Southern Idaho Housing Roundtable Meetings - Registration Open

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Registration for the Idaho Housing & Finance Association's Spring 2019 Housing Roundtable Meetings in Southern Idaho is now open.

"Join us as we continue the dialogue among housing and community stakeholders at our upcoming Housing Roundtable meeting. Participants often announce new initiatives and funding opportunities or gather stakeholder feedback for planning and reporting."

"We hope to have you in attendance as we further the dialogue among housing and community stakeholders."

Please click the link below the meeting in your area to register.

Twin Falls

May 15, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. 
Holiday Inn Express and Suite
1554 Fillmore, Twin Falls, ID 83301
Register for Twin Falls Meeting

Pocatello
May 16, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. 
Hampton Inn & Suites
151 Vista Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201
Register for Pocatello Meeting

Treasure Valley
May 21, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Silverstone Amenity Center
3405 E. Overland Road, Meridian, ID 83642
Register for Treasure Valley Meeting

 

We look forward to connecting with long-term partners and meeting new stakeholders this year. Contact Shelby Hammond (shelbyh@ihfa.org) with questions. 

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Still Time to Register for AIC Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

There is still time to register for the regional AIC Spring District Workshops in late April via the AIC website

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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Deadline for City Achievement Award Applications Approaching

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The deadline for submitting applications for City Achievement Awards is May 29, 2019.  Cities can find more information, including the application form and flyer on the AIC website.  

The City Achievement Awards recognize innovative projects and programs that make a difference in our communities.  This year there are six categories:

Public Safety

Youth Council

Community Engagement

Public Works & Transportation

Economic & Community Development

Parks & Recreation

The awards are announced and presented at the Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the AIC Annual Conference in Boise.

If you have any questions, please contact Payton Grover by phone at (208) 344-8594 or email at pgrover@idahocities.org

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AIC City Budgeting Manual for FY 2020 Completed

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 12, 2019

The City Budgeting Manual for FY 2020 has been completed and you can download the PDF by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  The manual includes useful information on the basics of the city budgeting process, city revenues, an FY 2020 budget calendar, and spreadsheets with revenue history and projections.

AIC will mail one paper copy of the manual to each city hopefully next week.  Additional paper copies can be ordered from the AIC office.  The manual is also available to download under the Manuals section of the AIC website, which can be accessed under the link on the home page for “Resources”

For those who would like more training on budgeting, I strongly recommend registering for the regional AIC Spring District Workshops that will be coming up in late April.  These will include training on the basics of the city budgeting process and city revenue sources.  You can register for the Spring District Workshops via the AIC website.

The first deadline in the budgeting process is coming in a few weeks: Tuesday, April 30 is the deadline to notify the county clerk of the date, time and location of the city budget hearing for the upcoming fiscal year.  Don’t miss this deadline!

If you have any questions on budgeting, don’t hesitate to call the AIC office at (208) 344-8594 or email jruen@idahocities.org

 

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AIC District Directors to be Selected at Upcoming Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, April 4, 2019

District Directors representing regions of the state on the AIC Board of Directors will be selected at the upcoming AIC Spring District Workshops in late April.   You can register for the Spring District Workshops via the AIC website.

Training topics that will be covered at the Spring District Workshops include a review of the 2019 legislative session, the municipal budgeting process, and planning and zoning. 

The Spring District Workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

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

The District Caucuses for selecting the District Directors will be held at 12:45 p.m. during the lunch break.

At the request of the elected officials in District 3A, their caucus will be held in May at a time that will be more convenient.

In 2016, the AIC Bylaws were amended to provide that nomination and election of AIC Board District Directors take place at the Spring District Workshops.  The primary reason for the Bylaw change was to allow more AIC member cities to participate in the nomination and election of AIC Board District Directors.

The AIC Board includes two elected officials from each district, with District Directors serving alternating two-year terms.  Normally, one District Director is elected each year, unless the other District Director position is vacant, in which case board members to fill both positions would be selected at the caucus.  The District Director whose term is not expiring serves as the Presiding District Director at the caucus.  In the event that both director positions are vacant, then an Acting Presider is selected to fill that role.

The process of selecting District Directors begins with the Presiding District Director calling for nominations.  People not present, but eligible, may be nominated.  Self-nominations are also allowed.  After nominations have been made, each nominee may choose to say a few words.

Voting may be either by voice vote or written ballots.  Each elected official present at the caucus is allowed one vote.  For example, if the mayor and four councilmembers from one city are present, they each may cast one vote for a total of five votes from that city.  Only elected officials are allowed to vote.  The candidate receiving the most votes is elected.  If there is a tie, the Presiding District Director shall break the tie.

2019 Presiding District Directors

District 1: Ron Jacobson—Mayor, Post Falls

District 2: Bill Lambert—Mayor, Moscow

District 3: Kenny Everhart—Councilor, Idaho City

District 3A: Genesis Milam—Councilor, Meridian

District 4: Bruce Hossfeld—Mayor, Paul

District 5: Rick Cheatum—Councilor, Pocatello

District 6: Rebecca Casper—Mayor, Idaho Falls

2019 Positions Up for Election

District 1: Shelby Rognstad—Mayor, Sandpoint

District 2: Bob Blakey—Councilor, Lewiston

District 3: Darin Taylor—Mayor, Middleton

District 3A: Lauren McLean—Council President, Boise

District 4: Casey Andersen—Councilor, Burley

District 5: Terry Larson—Councilor, Preston

District 6: Robert “BJ” Berlin—Mayor, Roberts

For more information, please contact AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison at jharrison@idahocities.org or AIC Policy Analyst Justin Ruen at jruen@idahocities.org

 

 

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Regional Budget & Levy Workshops Coming Up Soon

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Idaho Tax Commission has scheduled the regional Budget & Levy Workshops to provide training for local government officials on budgeting and levying property taxes.  The sessions for city officials start at 8:30 a.m. and run through Noon.   For more information you can email Gary Houde at gary.houde@tax.idaho.gov

 

Date

Location

May 7, 2019

Moscow—Latah County Fair Grounds

Exhibit Building

1021 Harold

May 8, 2019

Coeur d’Alene—Kootenai County Admin. Bldg.

451 Government Way

May 14, 2019

Idaho Falls

College of Eastern Idaho

1600 S. 25th E

Morning Session

Alexander Creek Bldg (#5) Rm 541

May 15, 2019

Pocatello—Clarion Inn

1599 Bench Rd.

(208) 237-1400

Registration Fee Required

May 16, 2019

Twin Falls—College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Avenue

Herrett Center

May 30, 2019

Boise—Boise School District

8169 W. Victory Road

Board Room 1,2,3

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Strategic Communications: H2O - Discount for Small & Medium Utilities

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

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is offering a special registration rate of $250 for utilities with service area populations under 75,000 for the 2019 Strategic Communications H2O!

What: StratCom -H2O

When: June 3 - 4, 2019

Where: Cleveland, Ohio, 

The purpose of Strategic Communications: H2O is to help clean water utilities create proactive communications platforms—strategically advancing a utility’s long-term goals and initiatives, and not merely reacting to daily challenges. It’s agenda and content are designed to benefit communications professionals, as well as clean water executives.

Join others to share expert strategies, action plans and peer-to-peer solutions to improve your platform and reap the benefits of becoming part of the nationwide network of clean water communicators.

  • Interact and learn from some of the best clean water communicators in the country.
  • High-powered agenda designed to address the internal and external communications issues that face today’s clean water utilities striving to become Utilities of the Future.
  • Take part in a national clean water media story, and bring it back to your home city.
  • Connect with a nationwide network of water sector communicators.
  • Follow up takeaways, resources, and collaboration opportunities extend your conference learning and experience.

For more information contact Tina Kenia at registration@nacwa.org.

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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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