Legislative Update: January 21, 2021

This week this City of Boise is continuing to track House Concurrent Resolution 1 (HCR 1) and Senate Concurrent Resolution 101 (SCR 101). If passed, the resolutions would terminate the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Health Order and jeopardize funding assistance local agencies could receive from FEMA.  

You can find updates on both resolutions by following the links below:   

We are also tracking Senate Bill 1021 (SB 1021), which proposes that property tax growth be tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)a rate that is far lower than the annual service cost increases the City faces for public safety, water, parks, and other critical services, and capping property tax budgets at 4% before requiring a public vote 

The proposed bill would have a significant negative impact on Idaho cities already struggling economically amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While the City of Boise strongly supports property tax relief for residents – in 2020, we took a 0% property tax raise – this bill would have little impact on financial relief for residents and significant negative impact on critical city services residents deserve and expect.  

Additionally, SB1021 would:  

  • Prevent municipalities from keeping up with the increased need for city services it is obligated to provide, such as police, fire and EMT services.  
  • Require a costly vote if a city’s proposed property tax budget exceeds 4%.  

Updates on the progression of the bill can be found by following this linkA public hearing is expected early next week. 

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