Idaho cities

Majority of cities in Idaho and counties submit letters of intent to support public safety and pass savings on to property taxpayers

Boise, Idaho – Fifty-four cities and 28 counties have submitted letters of intent to participate in Gov. Brad Little’s plan that uses federal coronavirus relief funds to cover salaries for local public safety personnel and donates to cities and to counties the ability to pass savings on to property taxpayers.

Interest in the plan has exceeded available funds, so a prorated allocation will cover about 44 percent of local government wage costs.

As part of the plan, Idaho property taxpayers in participating cities or counties could receive a one-time 10-20% reduction in their property taxes this year.

US Treasury Department guidelines give the governor discretionary power to determine what expenses are necessary because of the public health emergency. The Governor has studied the broadcast and concluded that the new program is a necessary and appropriate use of funds under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act and communicated the creation of the program to the United States Treasury in July, at the demand of the counties.

“Our goal is to support our communities and our police, fire and EMS personnel and to ensure that there is no reduction in public safety during these unprecedented challenges. I appreciate the cities and counties working with us to ensure that the resulting budget savings flow back to the people of Idaho in the form of property tax relief rather than filling local government budgets. . As a fiscal conservative, I believe that all federal funds – which are taxpayer funds – should be managed with care and sound judgment on behalf of all taxpayers. Unnecessary spending simply creates debt for our children and grandchildren. The Trump administration has praised Idaho’s conservative approach to the management of federal relief funds, and I pledge to continue to act as the steward responsible for taxpayers’ scarce resources, “ Governor Little said.

Cities and counties that have submitted letters of intent to participate include:

  • american falls
  • Ammon
  • Arimo
  • Ashton
  • Nice view
  • Blackfoot
  • Wooded
  • Bonners Ferry
  • Bühl
  • Burley
  • Caldwell
  • Challis
  • Chubbuck
  • Coeur d’Alene
  • Eagle
  • Depositor
  • Garden city
  • Grangeville
  • Hailey
  • Homedale
  • horseshoe bend
  • Idaho City
  • Idaho Falls
  • Inkom
  • Jerome
  • Kellogg
  • Kimberly
  • Lewiston
  • Mccall
  • Meridian
  • Middleton
  • Moscow
  • Nampa
  • Orofino
  • Osburn
  • Parma
  • Payette
  • Pinehurst
  • Pocatello
  • Post falls
  • Preston
  • Drum
  • Rexbourg
  • Rigby
  • Salmon
  • Sand point
  • Shoshone
  • Sources of soda
  • Spirit Lake
  • Saint-Antoine
  • Star
  • Valley of the Sun
  • Twin falls
  • Weiser
  • Adam County
  • Ada County
  • Bannock County
  • Bingham County
  • Blaine County
  • Boise County
  • Bonner County
  • Bonneville County
  • Border county
  • Butte County
  • Camas County
  • Canyon County
  • Clearwater County
  • Elmore County
  • Fremont County
  • Gem County
  • Gooding County
  • Idaho County
  • Jefferson County
  • Jerome County
  • Kootenai County
  • Latah County
  • Lincoln County
  • Madison County
  • Owyhee County
  • Payette County
  • Power County
  • Twin Falls County

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison Hyer, Press Officer

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

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