• Majority of Idaho cities, counties submit letters of intent to support public safety

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    July 21, 2020
    Fifty-four cities and 28 counties submitted letters of intent to participate in Governor Brad Little's plan that leverages federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and gives cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers.
     
    The interest in the plan exceeded the funds available, so a pro rata allocation will cover approximately 44-percent of local government payroll costs.
     
    Under the plan, Idaho property taxpayers in participating cities or counties could see a 10- to 20-percent one-time reduction in their property taxes this year.
     
    The U.S. Treasury Department guidance gives the Governor the discretion to determine what expenditures are necessary due to the public health emergency. The Governor studied the issued and concluded that the new program is a necessary and appropriate use of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, and communicated the establishment of the program to the U.S. Treasury in July, at the request of the counties.
     
    “Our focus is to support our communities and our police, fire, and EMS personnel and ensure there are no reductions in public safety during these unprecedented challenges. I appreciate the cities and counties working with us to ensure the resulting budget savings are given back to the people of Idaho in the form of property tax relief rather than backfilling local government budgets. As a fiscal conservative, I believe all federal funds – which are taxpayer funds – should be managed prudently and judiciously on behalf of all taxpayers. Wasteful spending simply creates debt obligations for our children and grandchildren. The Trump Administration has praised Idaho’s conservative approach to managing the federal relief funds, and I am committed to continue acting as a responsible steward of scarce taxpayer resources,” Governor Little said.
     
    Cities and counties that submitted letters of intent to participate include:
     
     
    American Falls
    Ammon
    Arimo
    Ashton
    Bellevue
    Blackfoot
    Boise
    Bonners Ferry
    Buhl
    Burley
    Caldwell
    Challis
    Chubbuck
    Coeur d'Alene
    Eagle
    Filer
    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
    Rathdrum
    Rexburg
    Rigby
    Salmon
    Sandpoint
    Shoshone
    Soda Springs
    Spirit Lake
    St. Anthony
    Star
    Sun Valley
    Twin Falls
    Weiser
    Adams County
    Ada County
    Bannock County
    Bingham County
    Blaine County
    Boise County
    Bonner County
    Bonneville County
    Boundary 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 Count
    Contact:
    Marissa Morrison Hyer, Press Secretary
    marissa.morrison@gov.idaho.gov, 208-943-1686