A group of local officials from throughout the state has announced that it'll pursue a local-option tax initiative in the 2014 general election, after determining there wasn't time to make the 2012 ballot. “Our commitment to the success of this effort has not wavered. By adjusting our target to the November 2014 General Election rather than this fall, we will have the time we need to make this a truly statewide effort,” Boise businessman Clay Carley said. Click below for the group's full announcement.
Idaho Voters for Local Control
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Lehosit
Local Option Supporters Target 2014 for Statewide Initiative
April 2, 2012 (Boise, Idaho) – Members of Idaho Voters for Local Control, a group of Idaho businessmen, community leaders and elected officials who support local option authority for counties and cities, announced today that they are targeting 2014 to place a statewide local option voter initiative on the ballot.
Voter initiatives can only be considered in even-numbered years. The group had originally planned the initiative for the 2012 ballot, but with less than two months before the deadline to submit the required 47,000-plus signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office, they determined there was insufficient time this year for a successful campaign.
“Our commitment to the success of this effort has not wavered. By adjusting our target to the November 2014 General Election rather than this fall, we will have the time we need to make this a truly statewide effort,” Boise businessman Clay Carley said.
This effort will allow local voters to decide for themselves how they want to pay for basic services and infrastructure needed for their community, Lance Clow said, “Whether it’s a recreation center, a new park or some level of property tax relief, this initiative will allow communities more control over their own destinies. I look forward to seeing this effort continue to grow. If the initiative is approved it will allow local citizens an option to property taxes.”
“Local option is a vital tool that local voters must have to prepare their communities for the future,” Lewiston Mayor Kevin Poole said. “By going for a vote in 2014, we’ll have more than a year to collect signatures, to further build our coalition, to raise necessary funding and to do all we can to ensure success at the ballot box.”
The initiative itself would not raise taxes. It would give cities and counties the authority to place a proposed civic project on the ballot for voter approval. If approved, an up-to-one-cent sales tax could be added to fund the proposed project. The Idaho Legislature has repeatedly refused to grant all local communities this control. Idaho law already allows local option authority to resort cities with populations of 10,000 or less.