On Thursday, March 18, the Senate voted down SB1108, which focused on limiting necessary budget growth for local governments to continue to provide instrumental services – public safety, sewer services, parks maintenance, etc. – to residents.
The City of Boise recognizes and fully supports legislation that would provide much needed relief to residential property tax-payers; which is why we will continue to advocate for true relief solutions like re-indexing the homeowner’s exemption, enhancing access to the state’s circuit breaker program and development impact fees. These programs would increase the amount of home value residents would be able to exempt on their tax bill, increase access to an assistance program for Idahoans in need, and finance the building of new schools to accommodate the growing number of Idaho schoolchildren.
We are also continuing to track SB111, which, if passed, would establish districts for local elections, requiring city council members to be elected by district within their city. Today, the bill moved out of the House of State Affairs and is waiting for a full House floor vote.