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H0662...............................................by REVENUE AND TAXATION
LIBRARY DISTRICTS - Amends existing law to provide that any tax-supported
city library, whether contiguous or noncontiguous to a library district,
may join an established library district by majority vote of the qualified
electors of the city.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 662
BY REVENUE AND TAXATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 33-2709, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 PROVIDE THAT ANY TAX-SUPPORTED CITY LIBRARY, WHETHER CONTIGUOUS OR NONCON-
4 TIGUOUS TO A LIBRARY DISTRICT, MAY JOIN AN ESTABLISHED LIBRARY DISTRICT BY
5 MAJORITY VOTE OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 33-2709, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 33-2709. EXISTING TAX-SUPPORTED CITY LIBRARIES MAY JOIN LIBRARY DIS-
10 TRICTS. Any tax-supported city library, whether contiguous or noncontiguous to
11 a library district, may join an established library district by majority vote
12 of the qualified electors of the city according to procedure set forth in sec-
13 tion 33-2707, Idaho Code. A true copy of the petition and the district library
14 board's notice of approval or disapproval shall be sent to the city council.
15 When the notice carries the approval of the district library board, the city
16 council shall conduct the election and give notice of the results to the
17 library district board and the board of county commissioners.
18 If the proposal has been approved by the majority required, the board of
19 county commissioners of the home county of the district shall enter its order
20 amending the boundaries of the district, including a map drawn in a
21 draftsmanlike manner, and a copy shall be transmitted to the board of trustees
22 of the library district, to the board of county commissioners of the county in
23 which the petition arose, and to the state library board.
24 The board of trustees of the library district shall transmit a copy of the
25 order to the county recorder, the county assessor of the home county and the
26 state tax commission in a timely manner, but no later than December 15, in the
27 year in which the election was held.
28 Addition of new territory to an existing library district shall not be
29 considered an initial establishment. The existing district board of trustees
30 shall continue to serve for the terms for which elected. When a vacancy
31 occurs, appointment shall be made as provided in section 33-2716, Idaho Code.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This proposal amends Section 33-2709 Idaho Code allowing
established city libraries to consolidate with established
library districts that do not share a common boundary. Under
the current statute, library districts and city libraries
are allowed to consolidate only if they share a common
boundary. The purpose for any consolidation is to foster
economies of scale, maximize resources, ensure up to date
materials and information. Non-contiguous consolidation
would require submission of a citizen's petition requesting
the question be placed on the ballot, a public election
ordered by city council and agreed to by the district board
of trustees, an election held on one of the consolidated
election dates, and approval by a majority of voters.
No impact to the State General Fund. The fiscal effect would
vary locally based upon the current library district levy
rate being applied to any new city. In some instances this
consolidation may lower local levy rates, as the current
district library budget amount would be raised over a larger
number of properties.
NAME: John Watts
AGENCY: Idaho Library Association
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 662