Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, told the House this morning that it was back in 1919 that the lines were drawn to create Jerome and Minidoka counties, carving them out of Lincoln County. “It’s taken that long to find out we had an error,” Bell said. “We don’t hurry into anything in our county.”
She added, “Now, Minidoka County is 100 years old next week. We’ve waited since 1919, and we think this probably ought to get straightened out today.” The error was identified by the Tax Commission, she said; HB 42 corrects it. Amid laughter, Bell said, “I wasn’t there when the mistake was made, if that’s what you’re thinking, or I would have had it taken care of by 1920.” The bill passed unanimously, and now heads to the Senate side.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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