Gov. Brad LIttle

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BOISE, ID – According to Governor Brad Little's office, only 25 cities and 10 counties in Idaho have signed letters of intent to participate in the Governor's plan that leverages federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries, giving cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers.

The move is expected to provide up to $200 million in property tax relief, or a 10% to 20% reduction in property tax bills this year – but only if your city or county opts in. According to a release Wednesday afternoon, only a small number of north-central Idaho counties and cities have responded to the offer, including Idaho County and Cleawater County. According to Little's office, every city and county in Idaho is eligible, but must submit a letter of intent to participate by the deadline this Friday.

“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,” Governor Little said.

Cities that have submitted a letter of intent include:

  • Boise
  • Nampa
  • Meridian
  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Twin Falls
  • Caldwell
  • Rexburg
  • Chubbuck
  • Jerome
  • Sun Valley
  • Rathdrum
  • Buhl
  • McCall
  • Bonners Ferry
  • Weiser
  • Preston
  • Kellogg
  • Rigby
  • St. Anthony
  • Sandpoint
  • Osburn
  • Pinehurst
  • Challis
  • Inkom
  • Homedale

Counties that have submitted a letter of intent include:

  • Canyon
  • Jefferson
  • Fremont
  • Madison
  • Boundary
  • Gooding
  • Idaho
  • Clearwater
  • Owyhee
  • Camas

The U.S. Treasury Department guidance gives the Governor the discretion to determine what expenditures are necessary due to the public health emergency.