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Bill to Preempt Local Ordinances Banning Use of Handheld Electronic Devices while Driving Dies in House Transportation Committee

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 1, 2019

In one of the most dramatic committee hearings this session, the House Transportation and Defense Committee refused to advance an AIC-opposed bill that would preempt city ordinances banning drivers from using handheld electronic devices.

Please thank the following committee members who voted against the motion to send the bill to the floor: Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian (Committee Chair); Rep. Clark Kauffman, R-Filer; Rep. Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa; Rep. Scott Syme, R-Caldwell; Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise; Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise; Rep. Muffy Davis, D-Ketchum; and Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise.

We extend our appreciation to all the city officials who responded to the legislative alert by contacting legislators and writing letters to the committee.  Your help really does make a difference!

House Bill 77 was sponsored by Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon.  The bill’s sponsor argued that the ordinances adopted by cities resulted in a patchwork of different laws that is confusing for drivers. 

AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison testified that AIC opposed the legislation for two reasons: (1) protection of public safety and (2) preemption of local control.   

“The cities that undertook these ordinances did not do so lightly. They did so based on research, data, and information gathered from their local law enforcement.  They held hearings on the ordinances and put together comprehensive communication and education plans.”

“The concept of local control is grounded in a philosophy of government premised on the belief that the individuals and institutions closest to the people are the most knowledgeable about their communities and therefore best suited to making important decisions impacting their communities.  AIC strongly supports this philosophy and believes that House Bill 77 is in direct conflict with these principles.”

At the conclusion of the hearing, three motions were made: (1) to send to the floor with a do pass recommendation, (2) to hold for two weeks to give the sponsor time to make changes, and (3) to hold in committee.  In a dramatic series of very close votes, all three motions failed, leaving the bill dead in committee. 

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Bureau of Reclamation makes funding available for projects that build long-term resilience to drought

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Bureau of Reclamation has made a funding opportunity available as part of its WaterSMART Drought Response Program for projects that build long-term resilience to drought and reduce the need for emergency response actions. Reclamation anticipates awarding between 10 and 15 drought resiliency projects this year.

Drought resiliency projects increase the reliability of water supplies, improve water management or provide benefits for fish, wildlife and the environment. Proposed projects that are supported by an existing drought plan are prioritized. 

The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F003. Applications are due by March 27, 2019, at 4 p.m. MDT.

Federal funding is available in two funding groups:

Funding Group I: Up to $300,000 per agreement for a project that can be completed within two years.

Funding Group II: Up to $750,000 per agreement for a project that can be completed within three years.

Those eligible to apply for funding include states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Applicants must also provide a 50 percent non-Federal cost-share. 

For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability, while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. 

To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart, or visit the Drought Response Program at www.usbr.gov/drought.

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AIC-Opposed Annexation Bill Moves to House Amending Order

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The House Local Government Committee voted to send House Bill 130, sponsored by Rep. Jarom Wagoner, R-Caldwell, to the amending order for changes to clarify provisions concerning shoestring annexations and possibly other matters. 

The AIC Board of Directors voted to oppose House Bill 130, and the American Planning Association Idaho Chapter also opposed the bill.   We appreciate the efforts by city officials around the state who sent in letters or contacted legislators in opposition to House Bill 130. 

“I work as a city planner,” said Wagoner, “and I’ve been in the planning field for 15 years.  My motivation with this bill was to make the annexation law more concise and more easily understood.” 

Outstanding testimony was provided by AIC Legislative Chair Mayor John Evans of Garden City.  Mayor Evans testified that “annexation is foundational to healthy, growing cities and we are concerned that we haven’t had enough time to determine the impacts on cities, large and small.”  

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Report Back: February 20, 2019 "White House Improving Infrastructure Listening Session"

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, February 25, 2019

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs held a listening session on improving infrastructure on Wednesday, February 20 with William F. Crozer, Special Assistant to the President/Deputy Director,  White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and other senior staff. The purpose of the nationwide conference call was to hear from state and local elected officials about infrastructure priorities and ways to improve our nation’s infrastructure. 

Follow up information provided by the White House today includes the following:

I. Developing America’s Infrastructure – BUILD Grants

There is a lot of need for investments in infrastructure around the country. And so there is a lot of enthusiasm for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program. Previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grants, the program provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives.

The number of applications for BUILD grants doubled in 2018. Of those, the number of applications for projects in rural areas increased 136 percent. 60 percent of the applications were for projects in rural areas. Over $1 billion of this BUILD funding will be distributed to 60 road projects. Historically, in this program 40 percent has gone to road projects.  In this round, 69 percent of the funds will go to road projects.

Prior to this Administration, only 21 percent of the funding in this infrastructure program — which dates back to 2009 — was awarded to rural areas. In the Department’s selections in FY2017 and 2018, an effort was made to re-balance the under-investment in rural communities – to address overlooked needs. And so, in the last round of the BUILD program, in which 60 percent of the applications were for rural projects, 62 projects were awarded to rural areas. As a result, more rural communities will benefit from significant improvements in access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation.

A number of these projects in rural areas will also concurrently support installation of broadband infrastructure — which is critical to economic competitiveness in the 21st century. Broadband access is something probably everyone this room takes for granted and can hardly imagine being without. But for millions of Americans in rural areas, broadband is a modern marvel still, literally, out of reach.

More information on the BUILD Grants can be found here.

II. Streamlining the Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects

Before construction can begin on an infrastructure project, it typically must comply with numerous Federal statutes overseen by multiple Federal agencies, making for a lengthy review process.  In August 2017, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13807 addressing the need for a coordinated, predictable, and transparent Federal environmental review and authorization process for infrastructure projects while protecting public health, safety, and the environment. You can find the text of the Executive Order (here) and a White House Fact Sheet (here).

The order uses three key tools to improve the permitting process:

  • One Federal Decision — project sponsor concerns in navigating the Federal bureaucracy are addressed through a One Federal Decision (OFD) policy. Under OFD, a designated lead Federal agency works with other relevant cooperating Federal agencies to complete a single record of decision.
  • A Predictable Schedule — each major infrastructure project will have a permitting timetable for environmental reviews and authorizations, and agencies will be held accountable to those timetables through performance measures and financial penalties.  This will provide greater predictability to project sponsors and potential investors as to when a project review will be completed.
  • Shorter Review Times — the order establishes an average two-year goal across all agencies to process environmental reviews and authorizations for major infrastructure projects.

To comply with Executive Order 13807, on March 20, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) signed a Memorandum titled “One Federal Decision Framework for the Environmental Review and Authorization Process for Major Infrastructure Projects under Executive Order 13807.” The MOU can be found here. CEQ is the primary entity within the Executive Office of the President tasked with ensuring Federal agencies meet their obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More information on CEQ can be found here. Pursuant to that Memorandum, federal agencies signed a subsequent MOU, which was announced on April 9, 2018. The MOU can be found here. Signatories to the MOU include the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council.

For larger projects covered by FAST-41 and specific questions regarding permitting for infrastructure projects, please refer to the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) website at https://www.permits.performance.gov. Created under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Council is composed of agency Deputy Secretary-level members and chaired by an Executive Director appointed by the President. FAST-41 establishes new procedures that standardize interagency consultation and coordination practices. Importantly, FAST-41 creates a new authority for agencies to issue regulations for the collection of fees, which, if implemented, will allow the Council to direct resources to critical functions within the interagency review process. FAST-41 codifies into law the use of the Permitting Dashboard to track project timelines. Other FAST Act provisions that address the project delivery process and track environmental review and permitting milestones for transportation projects are set out in Title I and Title IX. Project sponsor participation in FAST-41 is voluntarily.”

III. Investing in Rural America

Rural Development

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to the president. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure, and increasing coordination of existing resources through partnerships and innovation are key recommendations of the task force.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic. More information on the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity can be found here.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

Rural Broadband

In his State of the Union address, President Trump promised to “deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future.” The need for infrastructure investment is particularly strong in rural America, where over 39 percent of Americans lack a sufficient broadband connection. To that end, the Trump Administration has been working to close this gap between urban and rural areas.

The Department of Commerce and USDA recently released the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report, which outlines the Trump Administration’s vision and actions to increase broadband access across rural America. More than 20 agencies are working together on this initiative to remove barriers, streamline processes, and use Federal funds to improve broadband availability and access, including the Interior Department. Among the key actions that the Administration is taking are (i) Preparing to deploy $600 million on an rural broadband pilot program (more information below), (ii) Mapping more than 7,000 Interior Department towers across America to help providers expand broadband service, and (iii) Streamlining the federal permitting process to develop broadband infrastructure.

More on the Rural Broadband Pilot Program

 In December, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service.

USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by April 29), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due May 29), and $200 million for low-interest loans (applications due by June 28). For additional information, see page 64315 of the Dec. 14 Federal Register (PDF, 255 KB).

For more information, please visit USDA’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. You can find information there on how to apply for grants, eligible applicants, etc. 

More on Community Connect Grants

In addition to the ReConnect Loan and Grant Program, USDA also offers other grant programs, like Community Connect Grants, designed to help fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. More information on Community Connect Grants can be found here. Note that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Community Connect Grant Program on February 26th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST and March 7th from 10:00 to 11:00 am EST. For more information see the Webinar flyer.

IV. Promoting Resiliency

The Administration understands how important it is to develop a continuously adaptive and holistic approach to mitigation and resilience.  In the face of the most complex and dynamic threats that the nation has seen in decades, it is imperative that we be able to anticipate potential disruptions and adapt to them before they cause harm to Americans.  Having just endured two of the worst years for natural disasters on record, we are faced with the effort of rebuilding disaster impacted communities in a way that will mitigate potential harm for decades to come.  To do so, we must harness the remarkable capabilities of our public, private, and non-governmental sectors towards a shared purpose of enhanced resilience while leveraging the resolve of the American people, using American materials, and American labor. 

State and local governments are uniquely equipped to be a galvanizing force towards this goal.  It will require foresight and planning to understand how to engage their communities in long term efforts addressing a variety of risks they face.

By promoting Pre-Disaster Mitigation and signing the Disaster Recovery Reform Act into law, a deliberate approach of addressing our vulnerabilities before disasters strike was made by President Trump.

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AIC-Opposed Bill to Preempt City Ordinances Prohibiting use of Electronic Devices while Driving up for Hearing Thursday

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, February 25, 2019

The House Transportation & Defense Committee will consider legislation at a hearing on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. that would preempt city ordinances banning the use of handheld wireless electronic devices while driving.

House Bill 77 is sponsored by Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon. 

Prohibiting use of electronic devices while driving is a rare issue that has strong bipartisan support, as evidenced by a recent Idaho Politics Weekly survey that showed 83% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats support such the policy.  The Idaho Politics Weekly survey also showed that large majorities support local governments being able to ban the use of electronic devices while driving if the state fails to adopt such a policy.

There were 4,973 distracted driving crashes in Idaho in 2016, with 64 fatalities and 367 serious injuries, with a combined economic impact of $1.1 billion.  This is a public safety problem that must be addressed, and cities are right to try to protect their communities by raising the profile on this important issue.

We ask city officials to contact members of the House Transportation & Defense Committee to respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 77.  The committee members and their emails are listed below.

Rep. Joe Palmer, Chair — jpalmer@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Paul E. Shepherd, Vice Chair — pshepherd@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Terry Gestrin — tgestrin@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Clark Kauffman — ckauffman@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Rick D. Youngblood — ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Sage G. Dixon — sdixon@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Steven Harris — sharris@house.idaho.gov

Rep. James Holtzclaw — jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Jason A. Monks — jmonks@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt — gdemordaunt@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Scott A. Syme — ssyme@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Megan Blanksma — mblanksma@house.idaho.gov

Rep. James S. Addis — jaddis@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Doug Ricks — dricks@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Melissa Wintrow — mwintrow@house.idaho.gov

Rep. John Gannon — jgannon@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Muffy Davis — mdavis@house.idaho.gov 

Rep. Ilana Rubel — irubel@house.idaho.gov

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House Rev & Tax Committee Does Not Advance Monks Revenue Sharing Bill

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, February 25, 2019

The House Revenue & Taxation Committee voted Monday morning to hold at the call of the chair House Bill 154 sponsored by Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa, on the revenue sharing distribution formula.

Some committee members expressed concern about what they described as inequities in the current system, but it is not clear at this point whether the bill has enough support to advance. 

We greatly appreciate the efforts by city officials who contacted legislators in regard to this legislation.

The hearing provided an opportunity for folks on all sides of the issue to share their perspectives. 

Rep. Monks characterized the current system as grossly inequitable, noting that cities of similar population size received widely differing amounts on a per capita basis.  “The current system is not fair, and population would be a fairer way to do it.”

Burley City Administrator Mark Mitton warned the committee members about possible unintended consequences when distribution formulas allocating state revenue are changed. 

AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison noted that AIC established a Revenue Sharing Task Force, which met over last summer to look at the issue in depth and to help inform the AIC Board’s policy position.  The Board’s decision to oppose the legislation was taken after considerable discussion of various points of view and the potential implications of policy changes.  

“One thing that I can tell you for certain after months of meetings with diverse stakeholders is that defining what is fair is almost impossible,” Harrison said.  “Is it fair to not include point of sale?  Is it fair to penalize those who don’t have large retail bases?  Is it fair to remove a historical component that was part of a promise of changing a previous formula?  Is it fair to take much needed revenue away from our rural cities that are stagnant in their populations?  Is it fair that to some these dollars represent a significant portion of their budget while to others the overall loss or gain is de minimis? These are just a few of the challenges of defining what is fair in a large group of diverse and interested parties.”  

“Our Task Force did agree on the following principles for any formula alternatives, including reliable and verifiable data; stability and predictability for city budgeting purposes; simplicity and ease of implementation; and a hold harmless so that communities don’t entirely miss out on growth and have their dollars eaten away over time by inflation.” 

We extend our appreciation to Rathdrum City Administrator and Revenue Sharing Task Force Member Leon Duce who provided excellent testimony on the bill.  Duce noted the challenges under the Monks bill of budgeting for revenue sharing increases annually for cities that are close to the per capita average.  “A city may be capped in one year and receive an increase in the next year and that is too unpredictable for budgeting purposes.” 

Duce noted that the base replacement dollars for the business inventory replacement are capped in dollars and that future growth in the County Distribution is being allocated solely on a population basis. 

Ammon Mayor Sean Coletti noted that his city has one of the lowest property tax levy rates for a city of its size in the state and has been challenged to fund infrastructure and services required for its rapidly growing population.  “How can a city like Ammon that’s growing keep up with the costs of growth when revenue is going to cities that aren’t growing?” 

AIC will continue to follow this issue closely and provide updates as needed.

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Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Solicitation of Nominees for 2019 Membership

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

States and local governments are ultimately responsible for the implementation of many public health and environmental programs that ensure that citizens have clean air and water, safe drinking water, and environmentally sound waste disposal.

EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA in developing stronger partnerships with local governments by providing critical advice on the development and implementation of Agency programs at the local level. The LGAC is an independent, policy-oriented advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the EPA to assist the agency in ensuring that its regulations, policies, guidance, and technical assistance improve the capacity of local governments to carry-out these programs. 

Additional background information is available from the LGAC Charter and LGAC Fact Sheet.

The EPA Director of Intergovernmental Affairs is soliciting nominations for LGAC members and for the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (for communities under 10,000) by March 15th for consideration for Spring 2019 appointments. EPA will fill 10-12 vacancies in 2019.

EPA will consider candidates from local, state, and tribal government elected and appointed officials. Representation from diverse backgrounds (i.e., demographics, geographic, cultural, ethnicity and political) are encouraged to apply.

Nominees must be willing and able to attend 2-3 meetings a year and fully participate in the Subcommittee or workgroup activities (usually via teleconference). The LGAC has one standing subcommittee which is the Subcommittee on Small Communities (SCAS), focused on small communities under 10,000.

The credentials of all applicants/nominees will be fully considered, but viable candidates must – at a minimum – fall within the vocational/experiential parameters outlined above. In addition to experience in local and/or state government, additional criteria to be considered may include:

  • Experience with public-private partnerships; coalition-building and grass-roots involvement; implementation of environmental regulatory programs, whether federally-delegated, state-required or locally-mandated, including permitting programs;
  • Brownfields, Superfund clean-up, air and water quality, and solid waste management; and, rural and/or small community economic development;
  • Diversity in vocational/career background, including private sector/industry experience, agricultural sector experience, professional affiliations; and,
  • Demonstrated familiarity with local, regional and national environmental issues, also may be considered. 

LGAC members are appointed for 1-2 year terms and are eligible for reappointment. The Committee meets several times a year, and the Administrator may ask members to serve on Subcommittees and Workgroups to develop reports and recommendations to address specific policy issues. The average workload for members is approximately 4 to 6 hours per month. While EPA is unable to provide compensation for services, official Committee travel and related expenses (lodging, etc.) will be fully reimbursed.

Please send the requested information along with your nominees’ name, full resume, and short biography to Frances Eargle, Designated Federal Officer for the LGAC at Eargle.Frances@epa.gov with subject header of LGAC MEMBERSHIP 2019 by March 15th, 2019. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Britt Carter at (202) 564-6312 or Fran Eargle at (202) 564-3115.

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Monks Revenue Sharing Bill Up for Hearing Monday in House Revenue & Taxation Committee

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

House Bill 154, the revenue sharing bill sponsored by Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa, will be up for hearing the morning of Monday, February 25 in the House Revenue & Taxation Committee at 9:00 a.m.

Last Friday, the AIC Board of Directors voted to oppose House Bill 154.  To see the impact that the bill would have on your city's distribution please click HERE.

This spreadsheet shows what cities would have received under the current formula in FY 2018 versus House Bill 154 (column labeled 2018 Proposed Distribution). 

AIC asks city officials to contact members of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee (listed at bottom) to respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 154.

House Bill 154 would dramatically change how revenue sharing funds are allocated to cities and counties.

  • The bill establishes a base for every quarter, which is the amount the city received in FY 2019.
  • The bill also provides that each city’s revenue sharing dollars on a per capita basis are calculated annually.
  • If total revenue sharing funds decrease from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, then only cities with amounts in excess of the base would see a proportional decrease.  Once all cities have reached the base, then further reductions would be based on their percentage of population.
  • If all cities are below their base due to a decline in revenues and then revenues grow from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, cities would receive a proportional increase until they return to the base.  At that point when all cities have returned to the base, then excess revenue would be allocated to those cities with a below average per capita amount.
  • Growth above the base over the same quarter of the previous fiscal year would mean cities that are at or above the per capita distribution would receive the same amount as the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  Cities that have below average per capita distributions would receive new revenue in proportion to their share of statewide population.

Revenue sharing needs to operate on a formula that is easy to understand and predictable for budgeting purposes.  House Bill 154 fails on both counts.  It is too complicated and there are too many moving parts to make the formula understandable.  It also fails to provide needed predictability required for local government budgeting. 

Over the past six fiscal years, if House Bill 154 had been in place:

  • Thirty-six (36) cities would not have received any increased revenue and the value of their revenue would be substantially diminished by inflation;
  • Of the 36 cities not receiving any increase, 19 would actually see their per capita amount increase over the six years due to declining population, meaning they would likely never see additional revenue;
  • Fifty (50) cities received additional funds every fiscal year, but to predict their revenue they would have to calculate each city’s population and per capita amounts; and
  • Some cities close to the per capita average would receive additional revenue every other year.

 

 Fiscal Year  # of Cities above the Average Per Capita 
 FY 2012 76 
 FY 2013 84 
 FY 2014 95 
 FY 2015 80 
 FY 2016 77 
 Fy 2017 100 
 FY 2018 91 



We encourage city officials to contact members of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 154.  The committee members and their emails are listed below.

Rep. Gary E. Collins, Chair — gcollins@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Thyra Stevenson, Vice Chair — tstevenson@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Mike Moyle — mmoyle@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Robert Anderst — randerst@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Thomas Dayley — tdayley@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Greg Chaney — gchaney@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Terry Gestrin —  tgestrin@house.idaho.gov

Rep. James S. Addis — jaddis@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Sage G. Dixon — sdixon@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Rod Furniss — rfurniss@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Priscilla Giddings — pgiddings@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Tammy Nichols — tnichols@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Doug Ricks — dricks@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Mathew W. Erpelding — merpelding@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Jake Ellis — jellis@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Rob Mason — rmason@house.idaho.gov

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House Local Government Committee Sends Optional County Planning Bill to Amending Order

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

The House Local Government Committee voted to send to the House amending order an AIC-opposed bill that would have made planning and zoning optional for counties. 

House Bill 127 is sponsored by Rep. John Green of Kootenai County.

We extend our appreciation to AIC Counsel Jerry Mason; Leon Letson, Planner for the City of Boise who spoke on behalf of the Idaho Planning Association; Bellevue Mayor Ned Burns; and Bellevue Council President Kathryn Goldman for their excellent testimony to the committee. 

We also appreciate the help of the city officials who contacted members of the committee.

“The value of comprehensive planning is that there’s continuity over the long term,” said Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise.  “What happens when after the next election we have a new set of county commissioners and they decide they don’t want to plan?”

Committee members expressed a desire to fix the language in the bill to greater clarify its scope and expressed concerns about the burdens of planning and land use regulation that are borne by rural counties. 

“The change of words has been described as simple, but the consequences are far reaching,” said AIC Counsel Jerry Mason.  “Changing the word ‘shall’ to ‘may’ relieves county commissioners of their duty to plan.  This provision has been in the law since 1975, was enacted on a bipartisan basis and has been in effect for 44 years.”

“This bill has the potential to introduce great instability for a county,” Mason said.  “This isn’t something you can just turn off and turn on.  Putting planning back in place once it is gone is practically impossible."

“Much of what happens on the fringes of existing cities will become part of that city in the future,” Mason explained.  “If planning is inadequate, that means that cities face the costs of fixing deficient infrastructure.”

AIC will be closely monitoring the progress of the bill in the amending order and will provide updates as soon as information is available.   

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FEMA Region 10 Training: ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) for Complex Incidents

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

Greetings!

 

FEMA Region X is pleased to announce an offering of the ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) for Complex Incidents course in Bothell, WA on April 23-24, 2019.  For additional details, please click HERE.

 

Course Description: This course provides advanced training in the application of the ICS, expanding upon information covered in the ICS-300 course.

 

Target Audience: Federal, state, tribal, and local emergency management and response personnel who require ICS 400 training within their organizations.  Typically, required personnel include all mid-level management who will be involved in incident response or senior management who will be supporting the response.

 

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Lisa.Davis2@fema.dhs.gov or at (425) 487-4623.

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