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 link. A public hearing is expected early next week.