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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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Save the Date & Abstracts Invited: Northwest Regional Floodplain Managers Association (NORFMA) Conference - September 24-27, 2019 in Boise

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, March 18, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Annual NORFMA Conference, September 24-27, 2019, at the Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho: 

"Fires, Floods, Mud & More: Integrated Processes"

Call for Abstracts - Come and share your work with fellow floodplain managers - the Call for Abstracts is now open.  We welcome your ideas for individual presentations or sessions. Abstracts must be submitted by June 15th!  Please note that this is earlier than previous years, so that we are able to build and publish the conference agenda in a timely fashion.  This helps those who must submit the agenda as documentation before booking any travel.

Scholarships are Available - To support jurisdictions with limited travel budget or capacity & to encourage student participation, scholarships are available which cover the cost of registration.  A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. Applications are due by June 15th.

Conference Sponsors - We are grateful for the support of our Conference Sponsors each year!  We are continuing to grow, so if your organization would like to support this vibrant and educational event, please view the sponsorship form or inquire with a Board member. 

REGISTER TODAY!  NORFMA 2019 Conference Registration

Members, remember to log in to the website before registering, to receive the member rate.

Please share with your networks, and e-mail us at norfma@norfma.org with any questions. 

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House Kills AIC-Opposed Anti-County Planning Bill

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On Tuesday morning the House voted to kill an AIC-opposed bill that would have allowed counties to opt out of comprehensive planning.  House Bill 127 was defeated by a vote of 30-38-2. 

We greatly appreciate the help from city officials around the state who called their legislators to ask them to oppose the bill.  Your help really does make a difference!

Please reach out to the legislators who supported AIC by opposing House Bill 127 and offer your appreciation for their vote.  The no votes on the bill are listed below.

NAYS – Rep. Abernathy, Rep. Addis, Rep. Amador, Rep. Anderson, Rep. Anderst, Rep. Bedke, Rep. Berch, Rep. Blanksma, Rep. Chew, Rep. Clow, Rep. Collins, Rep. Davis (Goldman), Rep. DeMordaunt, Rep. Ellis, Rep. Erpelding, Rep. Gannon, Rep. Gibbs, Rep. Goesling, Rep. Green (Dist. 18), Rep. Hartgen, Rep. Kauffman, Rep. Kerby, Rep. Lickley, Rep. Mason, Rep. McCrostie, Rep. Moyle, Rep. Raybould, Rep. Raymond, Rep. Ricks, Rep. Rubel, Rep. Smith (Nye), Rep. Syme, Rep. Toone, Rep. Troy, Rep. Wagoner, Rep. Wintrow, Rep. Wood, Rep. Youngblood.

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Urgent: Please Oppose HB 259 on Diversion of Sales Tax Revenue from Revenue Sharing

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Legislation introduced to facilitate collecting sales tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators like Ebay and Fulfillment by Amazon would negatively impact cities’ future revenue sharing distributions.  We ask city officials to contact their local legislators and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 259.  You can find your legislators here

House Bill 259 fulfills the positive 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 this new revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund, which would not go through revenue sharing.  The legislation provides no specificity on what this revenue—amounting to about $30 million annually—would be used for.  The bill also provides that marketplace facilitators would not be required to collect local option sales taxes.

House Bill 259 would mean that local governments would not receive $3 million annually through revenue sharing.  Local governments face real challenges keeping up with growth and costs of maintaining their infrastructure, and this revenue is much needed at the local level. 

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Please Contact House Members and Ask They Vote Against HB 127 on County Planning & Zoning

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 8, 2019

House Bill 127 on county planning and zoning was completely amended a second time and will be up for floor debate and vote in the House soon.  We ask city officials to contact House members and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 127a (see current, amended version HERE). 

You can find your legislators HERE.

Planning and zoning exists to prevent conflicting land uses and to protect the value and use of private property. 

House Bill 127, as amended, would lead to increased conflict between property owners, hurting property values and impeding the use and enjoyment of property.

  • Farmers and ranchers depend on county planning and zoning to protect their land from residential subdivisions that find crop spraying, dust and noise objectionable.
  • Rural homeowners depend on county planning and zoning to protect their property from a gravel pit that wants to locate next door and operate 24 hours a day.
  • Manufacturing and commercial facilities need county planning and zoning to ensure that neighboring residential development doesn’t impede their operations.

Cities also depend on county planning and zoning to ensure that areas that are annexed in the future have the required infrastructure necessary for an urban community. 

House Bill 127, as amended, would undermine decades of managed growth in Idaho, leading to increased conflict and uncertainty for property owners.

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A New Roadmap for Environmental Sustainability: how to lessen climate impacts in farming and energy production

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 8, 2019

POLITICO hosted a high-level conversation on March 5th to discuss the environmental policies and practices that are gaining momentum, particularly around how to lessen the climate impact in farming and energy production while keeping these sectors economically viable.

Co-Sponsored by McDonalds "Scale for Good - Climate Change," the interviews and panel discussions provides some provocative examples of how partnership programs are taking off around the US. 

 

AGENDA

11:30 AM — Doors open & refreshments served
11:45 AM — POLITICO Welcome Remarks
11:50 AM — Sponsor Welcome Remarks

  • Robert Gibbs, Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, McDonald's Corporation

12:00 PM — Keynote Interview

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member, Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

12:15 PM — Keynote Interview

  • Matthew Lohr, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

12:30 PM — Panel Conversation

  • Suzy Friedman, Senior Director, Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sec. Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Stewart Leeth, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Matt Daily, Energy Editor, POLITICO Pro *Moderator
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

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