Idaho County Association

AIC Legislative Summit on Friday, Nov. 30 in Boise—RSVP Today!

Learn about the most important topics facing the Idaho Legislature in the 2019 session by joining us for the AIC Legislative Summit on Friday, November 30 in Boise at the Boise Center East Building Room 420.  The meeting will last from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All city elected officials and staff are encouraged to attend.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP on the AIC website.  Read More

AIC News

November 6, 2018 Post-Election Wrap Up

This blog post will cover the outcomes for the ballot measures at the November 6, 2018 general election.  Read More

Clean Diesel Grants: 2018 School Bus Rebates

Join Idaho's Murtaugh Joint School District #418 and apply for a SCHOOL BUS rebate today!  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has over $9 million available nationwide in rebates to replace older diesel school buses through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.   Read More

New Webinar Series on Creative Placemaking

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is pleased to announce the webinar series: How to Do Creative Placemaking! Offering practical and tactical advice for local leaders, artists, and community development practitioners.  Read More

Grant Funding Available Under the VW Settlement Agreement - January 31, 2019 Deadline

Check out these two fantastic grant opportunities for Idaho cities!  Read More

Funding Opportunities from the Corporation for National & Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is pleased to announce that several new grant competitions are currently underway for federal FY 2019.  Read More

Treasury Releases Proposed Regulations on Opportunity Zones Designed to Incentivize Investment in American Communities

The Treasury Department today issued proposed guidance related to the new Opportunity Zone tax incentive.  The tax benefit, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is designed to spur economic development and job creation by encouraging long-term investments in economically distressed communities nationwide.  Read More

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Seeks Drinking Water Advisory Committee Representatives: November 15, 2018 Deadline

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) drinking water program is seeking members for five positions to be appointed by the Director of DEQ to the Drinking Water Advisory Committee (DWAC).   Read More

AIC Shines its community spotlight on Castleford

Castleford lies on the southwestern edge of the fertile Magic Valley about nine miles southwest of Buhl. A patchwork of farm fields, irrigated from wells and water from Milner Dam delivered by the High-Line Canal, surround the city.  Read More

AIC highlights noteworthy people

Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho.  Read More

AIC highlights noteworthy city clips

Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho.  Read More


ICRMP Corner

The Risk Management Discount Program is open, and you still have time to complete the requirements for a 5% discount on next year’s premium. The discount program ends on February 1, 2019. For requirements, tips and to login, click HERE. If you have any questions, call us at (208) 336-3100.


The Utah mayor who died in Afghanistan had one final wish

The death of Brent Taylor — the North Ogden, Utah, mayor and soldier who was killed Saturday in Afghanistan — reverberated far beyond his small city in northern Utah.

People around the country are mourning the loss of the National Guardsman who was finishing up his latest tour of duty in the war-torn country when he was killed in a so-called “insider” attack.

But despite the grief, many are finding hope in the final message Taylor posted to Facebook, just days before he died.

“As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election (Tuesday), I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote,” Taylor wrote in the post. “And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ God Bless America.”   Read More

Washington Supreme Court rules sentencing youth to life without parole is unconstitutional

Juveniles can’t be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, a split Washington Supreme Court said Thursday.

Such a sentence for someone under 18 automatically violates a provision in the state Constitution that bans cruel punishment, Justice Susan Owens wrote in the majority opinion signed by five members of the court. Read More

States with legal marijuana see rise in car crashes, studies find

Car crashes were up as much as 6 percent in states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, said two studies. Read More

Oregon businesses lose ballot attempt to protect tax breaks

Oregon voters on Tuesday rejected an attempt to tighten the state’s already stringent supermajority requirement to raise taxes.  Read More

Spin is the last competitor in Denver’s scooter showdown. Here’s why they still expect profits

The first act of Denver’s scooter saga is nearly over: Today, the last of five competing companies deployed its dockless fleet in Denver.   Read More

Utah voters favor proposed constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to call themselves into special session

In the balance-of-power fight between Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Legislature, lawmakers had the upper hand in unofficial vote results Tuesday.  Read More

ADU interest on the rise in Southwest Washington

Tristan Graham, a 32-year-old training instructor for the Transportation Security Administration at Portland International Airport, got a fitting housewarming gift from his dad: A rug made from old PDX carpet. His new home near Five Corners happens to be in his parents’ backyard.  Read More

Idaho News

Nearly a quarter of state lawmakers will be new

All told, the Idaho Legislature will have 24 new members this year, three in the Senate and 21 in the House. That means nearly a quarter of the 105-member Legislature will be new. In addition, two members have moved from the House to the Senate, Van Burtenshaw, R-Terreton, and Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls. Read More

State tax revenues miss mark again in Oct., this time by $34.3 million

Idaho state tax revenues came in $34.3 million lower than expected in October, an 11.2 percent shortfall, according to the state Division of Financial Management. The collections for the month were 3.6 percent below those of the previous October; state forecasts expected them to be 8.6 percent higher than last year’s mark.  Read More

State Board calls for shakeup in higher education funding

The State Board of Education is calling for major changes to the way Idaho’s colleges and universities are funded.  Read More

Buckle up. The fight over Medicaid expansion is far from over.

On Tuesday, Idaho voters sent a message to the Idaho Legislature by passing Medicaid expansion, with 60 percent of voters favoring Proposition 2.  But the fight isn’t over. Opponents of Medicaid expansion still have a big say in how — or if — the program will be implemented.    Read More

Local attorney sworn in as member of second highest court in the United States

A local lawyer was confirmed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at his Idaho Falls home Sunday night. Read More

Boys & Girls Club officially opens new kitchen

Officials say this is a much-needed upgrade.  Read More

Marshall Public Library doubles the size of online collection

Community members can now enjoy an expanded offering of e-books and audiobooks from the Marshall Public Library, thanks to a new partnership with the Idaho Digital Consortium.  Read More

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to Preston

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $65,000 wastewater planning grant to Preston.  The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review.  Read More

Idaho spends most of its emergency opioid grant on treatment

Idaho spent a majority of its share of federal emergency money intended to fight the nation's opioid crisis on treatment, much like other states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to an Associated Press analysis.  Read More

Dayton passes year-long moratorium

The primary issue of the Dayton City council meeting was water. With the water study completed last month the city has discovered that there are no new water hook ups to be had. Mayor Melvin Beutler felt that the search for and certification of a new water source would take at least a year and a half.  Read More

Friends of Devils Corral rally to purchase scenic canyon from developer

Proposed development of some 200 acres in Devils Corral has spurred a local group into action.  Read More

Rep. Mat Erpelding on Capitol Update talking about Affordable Housing in Idaho

Idaho House Democratic Leader Mat Erpelding talks about the affordable housing problem throughout Idaho and what the State Legislature can do to help solve the problem.  Read More

Pinehurst police department set to return

Following the cancellation of the contract between the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Pinehurst in late August, city officials have been exploring their options in terms of who can fill the role of primary law enforcement agency.  Read More

"Chubbuck's Northgate": Builders plan major housing development

The city has annexed 632 acres west of Interstate 15 to make way for a major “walkable” development of a similar vein to the large-scale Northgate project, which is early in construction on nearby land.  Read More

Idaho's unemployment rate tumbles to 2.7% in September

New data from the Idaho Department of Labor shows a continuing decline in the state’s unemployment rate.   Read More

City of Mullan seeks $3.5 million sewer bond

The city of Mullan is looking to pass a bond to help cover costs associated with completing their wastewater collection system project.  Read More

Volunteer fire department earns money for new equipment

The Ucon Fire Department is a volunteer fire department with a crew of 16 people. The department has been around since 1911. Recently, the Fire Department was able to pay for new equipment with funds obtained from fundraising and fighting fires.  Read More

Emmett residents raising money for community pool repairs

Crews discovered problems with the pool in January and it remained closed throughout the summer.  Read More

Franklin City awards contract to Sunrise engineering

 Representatives of Southeastern Idaho Council of Government (SICOG) in Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Patton and Krystal Harmon, updated Franklin City the progress of the grant for the Franklin City park.  Read More



The economy is booming.  So why are cities' revenues still lagging? 

The nation has become giddy about the second longest bull market in history, extending now -- the turmoil of the past week notwithstanding -- some 95 months after the trough of the Great Recession. Though there may have been times over the last nine years or so when the economic future seemed to be in peril, right now most parts of the economy look reasonably strong.

But the good fortune is not shared by many city governments. Cities, which are arguably our great engines of economic growth (and the major contributor to the GDP), have been slow to see their general funds return to pre-recessionary levels. The fault lies not in their stars but in the structure of their tax systems. Read More

With 2020 Census looming, governments face many unknowns

Local governments are always concerned about Census undercounts. If all their residents don’t show up in the official tallies, they can lose political power in legislatures and Congress and millions in federal funding grants. This year, there are a couple of reasons localities are more nervous than usual.  Read More

In shift, states step in on affordable housing

As an affordable housing crisis continues to escalate in big cities and small towns alike, states are scrambling to find ways to combat it. This year, there’s been a flurry of state legislation to tackle the problem — with radically different approaches that reflect the highly partisan national divide.  Read More

How 'Opportunity Zones' could transform communities

Twenty years ago, the rural hamlet of South Boston, Va., was a thriving blue-collar, middle-class community. Most of its residents were employed in manufacturing, such as at the nearby Burlington Industries textile plant and Russell Stover candy factory, or out in the tobacco fields.  Read More

Local government and the myth that democracy is declining

To maintain voters' favorable opinion and trust, municipal leaders need to keep some things in mind.  Read More

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