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2019 Campaign Finance Manual & Forms Ready

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The AIC Campaign Finance Reporting Manual for the November 2019 city elections has been completed and is available to download, along with the reporting forms, by clicking the links at the bottom of this post.

Every city over 5,000 population will receive one free paper copy of the manual in the mail.  We strongly encourage city clerks to make copies of this manual for every candidate and campaign treasurer to help familiarize them with the requirements of the Idaho Sunshine Law.  

While it would be nice to assemble all the forms into a single PDF document, that's not a good idea because some of the form fields in the different documents are named the same, which causes problems when you put everything together in one document and then fill in the form fields.  So, while it's somewhat unwieldy to deal with 15 separate documents, that's the best way to do it. 

The Legislature did pass major campaign finance reform legislation in the 2019 session, but the law will not take effect until January 1, 2020.  So, campaign finance reporting for the November 2019 city elections will remain status quo: if your city is over 5,000 population, then all candidates must report; if your city is under 5,000 population, then no candidates are required to report.

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C2_pg7.pdf (107.69 KB)
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Registration Extended to May 3rd: 2019 Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, April 29, 2019

Are you affected in some way or another by the threat of wildfire?

 

The Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Firewise and the Boise Fire Department would like to invite you to participate in the annual Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum on Monday, May 6th at 8:30am at the Barber Park Education & Event Center in Boise. 

 

You can register HERE

 

Your registration fee of $20 includes lunch provided by Kanak Attack. 

 

The Forum is an opportunity to network with other practitioners and stakeholders around the idea of building communities more resilient to the real threat of wildfire.  This year we will have two guest presenters, Tim Weaver from Rapid City Fire Department and Alison Green from Central Oregon Cohesive Strategy Initiative.  Please register now, as seating is limited. 

 

Questions? Please contact Jerry McAdams, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Boise Fire Department at  (208)570-6576 or jmcadams@cityofboise.org.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Tim Weaver – “Fire Resistance and Aesthetics – Combining Beautiful Building Materials and Large Scale Fire Adaptation”

 

Lieutenant Tim Weaver has been with the Rapid City Fire Department for 19 years, the last 9 spent in the Fire Marshal’s office.   Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Sioux Falls and an extensive construction and building background to compliment his 19 years of experience in wildland fire operations and mitigation training.  Tim started Rapid City’s Survivable Space Initiative in 2011 which focuses on wildfire mitigation assistance and fire adapted education for landowners in Rapid City with the help of several grant programs.  He is paving the path for new wildfire safety standards in Rapid City’s primary WUI hazard areas, and helped create a local cost share program with buy in from city leaders.   Larger wildfire mitigation projects on tracks of land in and surrounding Rapid City are accomplished through the Initiatives Veteran Fuel Mitigation Crew with the help of the Bureau of Land Management.  This program provides a good wage and training to veterans transitioning from active duty while mitigating large wildfire threats to Rapid City neighborhoods.  He has worked closely with the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division to provide grant programs and education to landowners and local Volunteer Fire Departments alike, and has recently worked with local stake holders to develop the Black Hills Resilient Forest Strategy for the Black Hill National Forest and surrounding communities.

 

Special Guest: Alison Green – “

 

Alison Green was the past Executive Director of Project Wildfire in Deschutes County, Oregon.  She is now head of a multi-county collaborative focused on the three tenants of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (1) effective firefighting response, (2) creating fire adapted communities, and (3) resilient landscapes.

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Governor Little Outlines Process to Keep Administrative Rules in Effect

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Governor Brad Little began laying out his plan today to ensure existing administrative rules remain in effect following the Idaho Legislature’s decision not to reauthorize the rules during the 2019 legislative session. 

“The efficient operation of state government is a priority of mine, and the people of Idaho expect it,” Governor Little said. “I have directed my administration to exercise necessary executive authority to minimize the impact on state agencies – and the public most importantly – as we work to address this unique circumstance.”

The Idaho Administrative Code has the full force of law. At the beginning of the year, it included 736 chapters and 8,278 pages of regulations and at least 72,000 total restrictions. The Idaho Legislature in the past has reauthorized all existing rules at the end of the legislative session but did not do so this year. As a result, Governor Little must use executive administrative action to ensure rules remain in effect after July 1, 2019.

The majority of existing rules will be reauthorized before July 1. Agencies will re-publish the rules as “temporary and proposed rules” concurrently in a special edition of the Idaho Administrative Bulletin in June 2019. Agencies will accept written comments in accordance with state law. All rules reauthorized through this process are subject to legislative review during the 2020 legislative session.

Governor Little’s administration will use the unique opportunity to allow some chapters of Idaho Administrative Code that are clearly outdated and irrelevant to expire on July 1, 2019. An agency must notify the Division of Financial Management (DFM) if it identifies a rule that could be eliminated. DFM will solicit public comment on any proposed rule elimination. Governor Little ultimately will make the decision before July 1 whether to let a rule expire.

“I did not ask for this and did not want this,” Governor Little said. “However, I will use all authority I have to ensure our state government continues to operate smoothly and the administrative rules remain in effect without interruption.”

Any new rules or significant modifications to existing rules must go through the normal rulemaking process, which traditionally involves a months-long process of negotiated, proposed, and pending rule stages with specific requirements for public comment.

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary 

208-943-1686 or marissa.morrison@gov.idaho.gov

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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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