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H0674......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS - Adds to, amends and repeals existing law relating to fire protection districts; to clarify the purpose and policy of the fire protection district law; to provide for costs of publication and election relating to petitions for organization of fire districts; to provide for oaths of fire protection commissioners and appointed officers; to provide for terms of office for fire protection commissioners and to provide for the filling of vacancies of fire protection commissioners; to revise provisions relating to the election of commissioners; to revise provisions relating to annexation; to revise provisions relating to consolidation; to provide for and to revise corporate powers and duties of the board; to provide for and revise provisions relating to the sale, conveyance and disposition of property; to provide for compensation, benefits and expenses; to provide for liability; to provide for and to revise provisions relating to the handling of district funds; to provide for the cooperation and reciprocating use of firefighting forces and apparatus of districts, political subdivisions and municipalities; to provide for fees and liens; to revise provisions relating to contracts between fire protection districts and individual property owners outside of the district; and to revise provisions relating to the dissolution of fire protection districts. 02/13 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/14 Rpt prt - to St Aff
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 674 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1401, IDAHO CODE, 3 TO CLARIFY THE PURPOSE AND POLICY OF THE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT LAW; 4 AMENDING SECTION 31-1403, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR COSTS OF PUBLICATION 5 AND ELECTION RELATING TO PETITIONS FOR ORGANIZATION OF FIRE DISTRICTS; 6 AMENDING SECTION 31-1405, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 7 PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF ELECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1408, IDAHO CODE, 8 TO REQUIRE OATHS FOR APPOINTED OFFICERS, TO CLARIFY PROVISIONS RELATING TO 9 FIRE PROTECTION BOARD COMPOSITION AND TO PROVIDE FOR OATHS OF FIRE PROTEC- 10 TION COMMISSIONERS AND APPOINTED OFFICERS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1408A, 11 IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; 12 AMENDING SECTION 31-1409, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR TERMS OF OFFICE FOR 13 FIRE PROTECTION COMMISSIONERS AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILLING OF VACANCIES 14 OF FIRE PROTECTION COMMISSIONERS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1410, IDAHO CODE, TO 15 REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF COMMISSIONERS, TO REVISE 16 PROVISIONS RELATING TO FIRE DISTRICT SUBDISTRICTS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL 17 CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1411, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PROVISIONS 18 RELATING TO ANNEXATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY 19 LOCATED WITHIN AN EXISTING FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT INTO ANOTHER FIRE PRO- 20 TECTION DISTRICT; AMENDING SECTION 31-1411A, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE 21 THE SECTION, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO PETITIONS OBJECTING TO CON- 22 SOLIDATION, TO PROVIDE A CORRECT CODE REFERENCE AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL COR- 23 RECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1411B, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SEC- 24 TION, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO ELECTIONS FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF 25 DISTRICTS AND TO PROVIDE CORRECT CODE REFERENCES; AMENDING SECTION 26 31-1412, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 27 ANNEXATION, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO ANNEXATION AND TO MAKE TECH- 28 NICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1413, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE 29 THE SECTION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD SHALL ACT ON LISTS OF BILLS PRE- 30 SENTED BY THE SECRETARY AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICABILITY OF SPECIFIED 31 LAWS TO FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1414, IDAHO CODE, 32 TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1415, IDAHO CODE, TO 33 REDESIGNATE THE SECTION, TO PROVIDE FOR AND TO REVISE CORPORATE POWERS AND 34 DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF FIRE PROTECTION COMMISSIONERS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL 35 CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1416A, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE 36 SECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1417, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION 37 AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1417A, IDAHO CODE, 38 TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION, TO PROVIDE FOR AND REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING 39 TO THE SALE, CONVEYANCE AND DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY OF FIRE PROTECTION 40 DISTRICTS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; REPEALING SECTION 31-1418, 41 IDAHO CODE, RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION BOARD COMMISSIONER COMPENSATION 42 AND EXPENSES; AMENDING CHAPTER 14, TITLE 31, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION 43 OF A NEW SECTION 31-1421, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR COMPENSATION AND BEN- 44 EFITS FOR FIRE PROTECTION COMMISSIONERS, TO PROVIDE FOR EXPENSES OF FIRE 45 PROTECTION COMMISSIONERS, TO PROVIDE FOR COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS FOR 46 OFFICERS, AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES AND TO PROVIDE FOR LIABILITY OF THE FIRE 2 1 PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR THE ACTS AND OMISSIONS OF CERTAIN PERSONS; AMEND- 2 ING SECTION 31-1419A, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION; AMENDING 3 SECTION 31-1420, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION AND TO MAKE TECH- 4 NICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1421, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE 5 THE SECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1422, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SEC- 6 TION AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1423, IDAHO 7 CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION AND TO PROVIDE FOR AND TO REVISE PROVI- 8 SIONS RELATING TO THE HANDLING OF DISTRICT FUNDS; AMENDING SECTION 9 31-1424, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL COR- 10 RECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1424A, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SEC- 11 TION; REPEALING SECTION 31-1425, IDAHO CODE, RELATING TO DUTIES OF FIRE 12 PROTECTION DISTRICT TREASURERS, REPEALING SECTION 31-1426, IDAHO CODE, 13 RELATING TO WARRANTS, REPEALING SECTION 31-1427, IDAHO CODE, RELATING TO 14 WITHDRAWALS FROM FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS, REPEALING SECTION 31-1428, 15 IDAHO CODE, RELATING TO HEARINGS OF PETITIONS FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM DIS- 16 TRICTS AND DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS AND REPEALING SECTION 31-1430, IDAHO 17 CODE, RELATING TO COOPERATION AND RECIPROCATING USE OF FIRE FIGHTING 18 FORCES AND APPARATUS OF DISTRICTS AND CITIES; AMENDING CHAPTER 14, TITLE 19 31, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 31-1430, IDAHO CODE, TO 20 PROVIDE FOR THE COOPERATION AND RECIPROCATING USE OF FIREFIGHTING FORCES 21 AND APPARATUS OF DISTRICTS AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS AND MUNICIPALITIES 22 AND TO PROVIDE FOR FEES AND LIENS; REPEALING SECTION 31-1430A, IDAHO CODE, 23 RELATING TO COOPERATION BETWEEN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS IN IDAHO AND 24 FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS AND MUNICIPALITIES OF OTHER STATES; AMENDING 25 SECTION 31-1430B, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION, TO REVISE PROVI- 26 SIONS RELATING TO CONTRACTS BETWEEN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS AND INDIVID- 27 UAL PROPERTY OWNERS OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORREC- 28 TIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1431, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION 29 AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; REPEALING SECTION 31-1432, IDAHO CODE, 30 RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT OF COSTS AND REPEALING SECTION 31-1433, IDAHO 31 CODE, RELATING TO INTEREST ON UNPAID WARRANTS AND LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS 32 OF WARRANTS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1434, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SEC- 33 TION AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1435, IDAHO 34 CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION, TO REVISE PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE 35 DISSOLUTION OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORREC- 36 TIONS; AMENDING SECTION 31-1436, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION 37 AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AMENDING SECTION 31-1437, IDAHO CODE, 38 TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AMENDING 39 SECTION 31-1438, IDAHO CODE, TO REDESIGNATE THE SECTION; AND AMENDING SEC- 40 TION 63-802, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A CORRECT CODE REFERENCE. 41 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 42 SECTION 1. That Section 31-1401, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 43 amended to read as follows: 44 31-1401. PURPOSE AND POLICY OF LAW -- SHORT TITLE. The protection of 45 property against fire and the preservation of life, including, but not limited 46 to, the provision of emergency medical services and ambulance services, and 47 enforcement of any of the fire codes and other rules that are adopted by the 48 state fire marshal pursuant to chapter 2, title 41, Idaho Code, are hereby 49 declared to be a public benefit, use and purpose. Any portion of a county not 50 included in any other fire protection district may be organized into a fire 51 protection district under the provisions of this chapter. All taxable property 52 within any fire protection district created under the provisions of this chap- 3 1 ter is and shall be benefited ratably in proportion to assessed valuation by 2 the creation and maintenance of such district, and all taxable property within 3 any such district shall be assessed equally in proportion to its assessed val- 4 uation for the purpose of and in accordance with the provisions of this chap- 5 ter. This chapter shall be known as the "Fire Protection District Law," and 6 whenever cited, enumerated, referred to or amended, may be designated as the 7 "Fire Protection District Law," adding when necessary the code section number. 8 SECTION 2. That Section 31-1403, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 9 amended to read as follows: 10 31-1403. PETITION. (1) A petition shall first be presented to the board 11 of county commissioners and filed with the clerk of the board of commissioners 12 of each county in which the proposed fire protection district is to be situ- 13 ated, signed by the number of holders of title, or evidence of title specified 14 in section 31-1402, Idaho Code, which petition shall plainly and clearly des- 15 ignate the boundaries of the proposed fire protection district, and shall 16 state the name of the proposed district, and shall be accompanied by a map 17 thereof. The petition, together with all maps and other papers filed therewith 18 shall, at all proper hours, be open to public inspection in the office of said 19 clerk of the board of commissioners between the date of their said filing and 20 the date of the election. The petition may be in one (1) paper or in several 21 papers. 22 (2) Whenever a petition shall be filed, prior to the publication of 23 notice of hearing pursuant to section 31-1404, Idaho Code, the petitioners 24 shall deposit with the board of county commissioners a sum sufficient to 25 defray the costs of publishing and election as provided by this chapter. In 26 the event a fire protection district is organized, the petitioners shall be 27 reimbursed the amount of their deposit from the first tax moneys collected by 28 the district as provided by this chapter. The amount required to be paid under 29 this subsection shall be determined by the board of county commissioners. 30 SECTION 3. That Section 31-1405, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 31 amended to read as follows: 32 31-1405. NOTICE OF ELECTION. After the county commissioners have made 33 their order finally fixing and determining the boundaries of the proposed dis- 34 trict, the clerk of the board of county commissioners shall cause to be pub- 35 lished a notice of an election to be held, subject to the provisions of sec- 36 tion 34-106, Idaho Code, in such proposed fire protection district for the 37 purpose of determining whether or not the same shall be organized under the 38 provisions of this chapter. Such notice shall plainly and clearly designate 39 the boundaries of such proposed fire protection district, and shall state the 40 name of the proposed district as designated in the petition and shall state 41 that a map showing the boundaries of said district is on file in his office. 42 Such notice shall be published first not less than twelvefifteen (1 25) 43 days prior to the election, and a second publication not less than five (5) 44 days prior to such election, in a newspaper published within the county afore- 45 said. Such notice shall require the electors to cast ballots which shall con- 46 tain the words ".... fire protection district, yes," or ".... fire protection 47 district, no" or words equivalent thereto. No person shall be entitled to vote 48 at any election held under the provisions of this chapter unless he shall pos- 49 sess all the qualifications required of electors under the general laws of the 50 state, and be a resident of the proposed district. 51 If the district is to be situated in two (2) or more counties, the boards 4 1 of county commissioners shall provide that the election be held on the same 2 day in each county. 3 SECTION 4. That Section 31-1408, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 4 amended to read as follows: 5 31-1408. FIRE PROTECTION BOARD -- APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS -- OATH. 6 (1) There shall be three (3) fire protection commissioners in each district, 7 who shall constitute the fire protection board. The first fire protection com- 8 missioners of such fire protection district shall be appointed by the gover- 9 nor. The certificate of such appointment shall be made in triplicate; one (1) 10 certificate shall be filed in the office of the county recorder of the county; 11 one (1) with the clerk of the board of county commissioners, and one (1) with 12 the assessor and tax collector of the county. Every fire protection commis- 13 sioner and appointed officer shall take and subscribe the official oath, which 14 oath shall be filed in the office of the board of fire protection commission- 15 ers. If the district is situated in two (2) or more counties, not more than 16 two (2) of the fire protection district commissioners shall be from the same 17 county, unless pursuant to section 31-1410A, Idaho Code, the board is com- 18 prised of five (5) members, in which event not more than three (3) of the com- 19 missioners shall be from the same county. 20 (2) The oath of office of fire protection commissioners and appointed 21 officers shall be taken before the secretary or the president of the board of 22 the fire district on the second Monday of January succeeding each general 23 election. Provided however, in the event, for any reason, of an inability to 24 appear for the taking of the oath, a duly elected fire protection commissioner 25 may be sworn in and may subscribe to the oath wherever he may be, provided he 26 appear before an officer duly authorized to administer oaths, and provided 27 further, that any person who is in any branch of the armed forces of the 28 United States of America, may appear before any person qualified to administer 29 oaths as prescribed in section 55-705, Idaho Code, and may take and subscribe 30 the oath of office as provided for in section 59-401, Idaho Code, and the oath 31 of office shall have the same force and effect as though it were taken before 32 the secretary or the president of the fire district pursuant to this subsec- 33 tion. 34 SECTION 5. That Section 31-1408A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 35 amended to read as follows: 36 31-14 0810A. DECISION TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE BOARD. Subsequent to the 37 creation of a fire protection district and the appointment of the first board 38 of fire protection commissioners, the fire protection board may, by a majority 39 vote of all of the fire protection district board members elect to increase 40 the size of the board to five (5) members. 41 If the board of fire protection commissioners elects to expand the board 42 to five (5) members, the existing board members shall subdivide the district 43 into five (5) subdivisions as nearly equal in population, area and mileage as 44 practicable to be known as subdistricts one, two, three, four and five. 45 At the first election following the decision of the board of fire protec- 46 tion commissioners to expand the board from three (3) to five (5) members, 47 five (5) commissioners shall be elected. The commissioners from fire protec- 48 tion subdistrict one shall be elected for a term of one (1) year; the commis- 49 sioner from subdistrict two for two (2) years; the commissioner from subdis- 50 trict three for three (3) years; and the commissioners from subdistricts four 51 and five shall be elected for terms of four (4) years. Thereafter, the term of 5 1 all commissioners shall be four (4) years. 2 A fire district which, prior to the effective date of this section, had 3 elected to expand a board from three (3) to five (5) members shall, prior to 4 the next election of the district, adopt a transition schedule as nearly 5 reflecting the schedule provided in this section as possible so that one (1) 6 commissioner is elected each year except that in one (1) year, two (2) commis- 7 sioners are elected. 8 SECTION 6. That Section 31-1409, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 9 amended to read as follows: 10 31-1409. RESIDENCE QUALIFICATIONS OF COMMISSIONERS -- TERM OF OFFICE -- 11 VACANCIES. (1) At the meeting of the board of county commissioners at which 12 the fire protection district is declared organized, as provided by section 13 31-1407, Idaho Code, the county commissioners shall divide the fire protection 14 district into three (3) subdivisions, as nearly equal in population, area and 15 mileage as practicable, to be known as fire protection commissioners subdis- 16 tricts one, two and three. Not more than one (1) of said commissioners shall 17 be an elector of the same fire protection subdistrict. The first commissioners 18 appointed by the governor shall serve until the next fire protection district 19 election, at which their successors shall be elected. Any vacancy occurring in20 the office of the fire protection commissioner, other than by the expiration21 of the term of office, shall be filled by the fire protection boardThe term 22 of office for fire protection commissioners shall commence on the second Mon- 23 day of January succeeding each general election. Commissioners appointed and 24 elected must be electors resident within the district for at least one (1) 25 year. 26 (2) Any fire protection commissioner vacancy occurring, other than by the 27 expiration of the term of office, shall be filled by the fire protection 28 board. If a duly elected or appointed fire protection commissioner resigns, 29 withdraws, becomes disqualified, refuses or becomes otherwise unable to per- 30 form the duties of office for longer than ninety (90) days, the board, on sat- 31 isfactory proof of the vacancy, shall declare the office vacant. The board 32 shall fill any vacancies within sixty (60) days of learning of the vacancy. 33 When a vacancy occurs, the board shall direct the secretary to cause a notice 34 of the vacancy to be published in at least one (1) issue of a newspaper of 35 general circulation within the district. The notice shall include the date and 36 time of the meeting when the board will vote to fill the vacancy, and the 37 deadline for qualified elector residents interested in being appointed to the 38 position to submit a written request for appointment to the board. Should the 39 board fail to agree on an individual to fill the vacancy, it shall select the 40 individual by a coin toss to be conducted at a fire protection board meeting. 41 Candidates for the vacancy shall be invited by the board to attend the meeting 42 and observe the coin toss. The candidate who wins the coin toss shall be 43 appointed to fill the vacancy. 44 SECTION 7. That Section 31-1410, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 45 amended to read as follows: 46 31-1410. ELECTION OF COMMISSIONERS. (1) On the first Tuesday following 47 the first Monday of November, following the organization of a fire protection 48 district, three (3) fire protection district commissioners shall be elected. 49 Every year thereafter, one (1) commissioner shall be elected, except for the 50 fourth year when no election of a fire commissioner shall occur unless a fire 51 protection district has voted to increase the size of its board in accordance 6 1 with section 31-1410A, Idaho Code. The board of fire protection commissioners 2 shall have power to make such regulations for the conduct of such election as 3 are consistent with the statutory provisions of chapter 14, title 34, Idaho 4 Code. At their meeting next preceding such election, the board of fire protec- 5 tion commissioners shall divide the district into three (3) subdistricts as 6 nearly equal in population, area and mileage as practicable, to be known as 7 fire protection commissioners subdistricts one, (1),two (2)and three. (3).8 Thereafter, at the January meeting of the board of fire protection commission- 9 ers preceding any regularly scheduled election, such subdistricts shallmay be 10 revised but,by the board when it deems it necessary due to significant shifts 11 in population. Provided however, of the commissioners comprising the board, 12 not more than one (1) commissioner shall be an elector of the same fire pro- 13 tection commissioners subdistrict. The revision of subdistricts shall not dis- 14 qualify any elected commissioner from the completion of the term for which he 15 or she has been duly elected. At the first election following organization of 16 a fire protection district the commissioner from fire protection subdistrict 17 one (1)shall be elected to a term of one (1) year, the commissioner from sub- 18 district two (2)shall be elected to a term of two (2) years, and the commis- 19 sioner from fire protection subdistrict three (3)shall be elected to a term 20 of three (3) years; thereafter the term of office of all commissioners shall 21 be four (4) years. Such elections and all other elections held under this law, 22 shall be held in conformity with the general laws of the state including chap- 23 ter 14, title 34, Idaho Code. 24 (2) Upon the unanimous agreement of the existing board of commissioners, 25 a fire protection district whose terms and elections were established by prior 26 law may elect to convert to the election of commissioners as provided in sub- 27 section (1) of this section. A fire district may adopt any conversion schedule 28 reflecting the intent of the schedule provided in subsection (1) of this sec- 29 tion, so long as one (1) commissioner is elected each year, except for the 30 fourth year when no election shall be held. The conversion schedule shall not 31 result in the extension of the term of office of any commissioner serving at 32 the time of the conversion. 33 (3) In any election for fire protection district commissioner, if after 34 the deadline for filing a declaration of intent as a write-in candidate, it 35 appears that only one (1) qualified candidate has been nominated for a subdis- 36 trict to be filled, it shall not be necessary for the candidate of that sub- 37 district to stand for election, and the board of the fire protection district 38 shall declare such candidate elected as commissioner, and the secretary of the 39 district shall immediately make and deliver to such person a certificate of 40 election. 41 The results of any election for fire protection district commissioner 42 shall be certified to the county clerk of the county or counties in which the 43 district is located. 44 SECTION 8. That Section 31-1411, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 45 amended to read as follows: 46 31-1411. ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY IN SAME COUNTY -- PETITION -- HEARING -- 47 ORDER -- CERTIFICATION TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS -- ALTERNATE PROCEDURE -- ELEC- 48 TION -- PETITION TO DE-ANNEX PROPERTY FROM EXISTING DISTRICT AND ANNEX INTO 49 ANOTHER DISTRICT. After the organization of a fire protection district, addi- 50 tional contiguous or noncontiguous territory lying within the same county may 51 be added thereto and shall thereupon and thenceforth be included in such dis- 52 trict. Noncontiguous tTerritory that is not contained in an existing fire dis- 53 trict, and is not immediately adjoining the boundaries of the fire district 7 1 into which annexation is sought, may be annexed to an existing fire protection2 into the district shallprovided the territory consists of not less than forty 3 (40) contiguous acres. At least seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the 4 owners or contract purchasers of the land sought to be annexed shall petition 5 the fire protection board and request annexation of the territory particularly 6 described in said petition. Upon receipt of any such petition the fire protec- 7 tion board shall hold a hearing not less than ten (10) nor more than thirty 8 (30) days thereafter, or upon the written consent of the petitioner within one 9 hundred eighty (180) days, and said board shall cause notice of such hearing, 10 designating the time and place, to be published in at least one (1) issue of a 11 newspaper of general circulation within the district. Any person supporting or 12 objecting to such petition shall be heard at such hearing, if in attendance, 13 and at the close of such hearing said board shall approve or reject said peti- 14 tion. If the board approves said petition it shall make an order to that 15 effect and certify a copy of said order containing an accurate legal descrip- 16 tion of the annexed territory to the board of county commissioners of the 17 county where said fire district is situated. Said board of county commission- 18 ers shall thereupon enter an order of annexation and cause the same to be 19 recorded so as to include the annexed property on the tax rolls as in this 20 chapter provided. 21 In the event that more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the owners or 22 contract purchasers of the land sought to be annexed do not join in said peti- 23 tion, or the petition is denied as above set forth,and the board determines 24 by resolution entered on the minutes of the board, that the annexation would 25 be in the best interests of the district and that an election on the issue 26 should be held, additional territory may nevertheless be annexed by the affir- 27 mative vote of a majority of the qualified electors of such additional terri- 28 tory voting on the question at an election held therefor, which vote may be 29 taken at an election held as provided in section 31-1405, Idaho Code. But such30 additional territory shall not be annexed to or be included within the dis-31 trict unless such annexation and inclusion be first approved by the fire pro-32 tection board of the existing district by resolution entered on the minutes of33 such board prior to the election on the question of annexation.The same pro- 34 cedure shall be adopted as provided in sections 31-1402 through 31-1406, Idaho 35 Code. 36 If owners or contract purchasers of territory located within an existing 37 fire protection district seek to petition to be annexed into another fire pro- 38 tection district, they must demonstrate that they are likely to receive an 39 improved response to requests for services from the other fire protection dis- 40 trict and obtain written approval of the board of the fire protection district 41 within which the territory is already located. The written approval must be 42 attached to their petition to annex. The procedure for the annexation petition 43 shall be the same as otherwise provided in this section. 44 SECTION 9. That Section 31-1411A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 45 amended to read as follows: 46 31-14 11A13. CONSOLIDATION OF DISTRICTS -- HEARING -- PROTEST -- ELECTION. 47 Any fire protection district may consolidate with one (1) or more existing 48 fire protection districts subject to the following procedure, or pursuant to 49 an election for consolidation as provided in section 31-14 11B14, Idaho Code, 50 and with the following effects: 51 ( a1) If, in the opinion of the board of any fire protection district, it 52 would be to the advantage of said district to consolidate with one (1) or more 53 other existing fire protection districts, the said board shall cause to be 8 1 prepared an agreement for consolidation which shall among other things pro- 2 vide: 3 ( 1a) The name of the proposed consolidated fire protection district. 4 ( 2b) That all property of the districts to be consolidated shall become 5 the property of the consolidated district. 6 ( 3c) That all debts of the districts to be consolidated shall become the 7 debts of the consolidated district. 8 ( 4d) That the existing commissioners of the districts to be consolidated 9 shall be the commissioners of the consolidated district until the next 10 election, said election to be held pursuant to the terms of section 11 31-1410, Idaho Code, at which three (3) commissioners shall be elected, 12 unless the agreement of consolidation establishes a five (5) member board, 13 in which case five (5) commissioners shall be elected. If the board con- 14 sists of three (3) members, ommissionerscommissioners from fire protec- 15 tion subdistricts one and two shall be elected for terms of four (4) 16 years, and the commissioner from fire protection subdistrict three shall 17 be elected for a term of two (2) years. If the board consists of five (5) 18 commissioners, commissioners from fire protection subdistricts one, three 19 and five shall be elected for terms of four (4) years, and the commission- 20 ers from fire protection subdistricts two and four shall be elected for an 21 initial term of two (2) years. Thereafter the term of all commissioners 22 shall be four (4) years. 23 ( 5e) That the employees of the consolidated fire protection district 24 shall be selected from the employees of the fire protection districts 25 being consolidated, which employees shall retain the seniority rights 26 under their existing employment contracts. 27 ( b2) After approval of saidthe agreement of consolidation by each of the 28 fire protection district boards involved, the boards of commissioners of each 29 fire protection district shall hold a hearing not less than ten (10) or more 30 than thirty (30) days thereafter, and shall cause notice of saidthe hearing, 31 designating the time and place, to be published in at least one (1) issue of a 32 newspaper of general circulation within the district not less than five (5) 33 days prior to suchthe hearing. Any person supporting or objecting to suchthe 34 petition shall be heard at suchthe meetinghearing, if in attendance, and at 35 the close of suchthe hearing saidthe board shall approve or reject the 36 agreement of consolidation. If each board approves the agreement of consolida- 37 tion, the agreement shall become effective and the consolidation of saidthe 38 district complete thirty (30) days after suchthe approval unless within such39 the thirty (30) days a petition signed by twenty-five per centpercent (25%) 40 of the qualified electors of one of the fire protection districts objecting to 41 suchthe consolidation be filed with the secretary of suchthe district. In 42 the event of suchan objection, election shall be held as provided in section 43 31-1405, Idaho Code, except that the question shall be "consolidation of .... 44 fire protection district, yes "," or "consolidation of .... fire protection 45 district, no "," or words equivalent thereto. If more than one-half (1/2) of 46 the votes cast are yes, the agreement shall become effective. If more than 47 one-half (1/2) of the votes cast are no, the agreement shall be void and of no 48 effect; and no new consolidation shall be proposed for at least six (6) months 49 following the date of the consolidation election. 50 ( c3) Upon the agreement of consolidation becoming effective, the board of 51 the consolidated fire protection district shall file a certified copy of the 52 agreement with the county recorder of each county in which such district is 53 situated, and shall comply with the provisions of section 63-215, Idaho Code. 54 The consolidated district shall thereafter have the same rights and obliga- 55 tions as any other fire protection district organized under the statutes of 9 1 this state. 2 SECTION 10. That Section 31-1411B, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 3 amended to read as follows: 4 31-14 11B14. ELECTION FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF DISTRICTS. (1) Any two (2) 5 or more fire districts may, in the discretion of the fire district commission- 6 ers, or shall, upon a petition signed by ten percent (10%) or more of the 7 electors in the last general election residing in each of the fire protection 8 districts proposed for consolidation, conduct an election in the manner pro- 9 vided in section 31-1405, Idaho Code, at which the following question shall be 10 submitted to the electorate: "Shall ..... fire protection districts be consol- 11 idated?" or words equivalent thereto. At least one (1) public hearing shall be 12 held by the boards of fire district commissioners prior to the election. If a 13 majority of the votes cast in each district proposed for consolidation are in 14 favor of consolidation, the districts shall be deemed consolidated and an 15 agreement of consolidation in conformity with the provisions of section 16 31-14 11A13, Idaho Code, shall be entered into by the fire protection district 17 boards involved, except that an agreement of consolidation entered into pursu- 18 ant to an election as provided in this section shall not thereafter be subject 19 to an election upon objection as provided in subsection ( b2) of section 20 31-14 11A13, Idaho Code. 21 (2) If two (2) districts are proposed for consolidation and less than a 22 majority of the votes cast in any one (1) of the districts are in favor of the 23 consolidation, the consolidation shall not become effective. If more than two 24 (2) districts are proposed for consolidation, the consolidation may proceed 25 with respect to those districts in which a majority of the votes cast are in 26 favor of the consolidation. The failure of an election for consolidation shall27 not prohibit a proposed consolidation under the procedures and subject to the28 limitations of section 31-1411A, Idaho Code.29 SECTION 11. That Section 31-1412, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 30 amended to read as follows: 31 31-1412. ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY IN ADJOINING COUNTY. After the organiza- 32 tion of a fire protection district, additional territory, contiguous or non- 33 contiguous thereto and located wholly within an adjoining county, may be added 34 to the district and become a part thereof as hereinafter provided in this sec- 35 tion. Noncontiguous territory annexed to an existing fire protection district 36 shall consist of not less than forty (40) contiguous acres. The proceedings 37 for annexation shall be the same as the proceedings for the creation and orga- 38 nization of a fire protection district with the following exceptions and modi- 39 fications: 40 a.(1) Such proceeding may be initiated by two (2) or more of the holders 41 of title or evidence of title to lands aggregating not less than one hundred 42 (100) acres , or of less area but having market value for assessment purposes43 of at least one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000). 44 b.(2) A petition, such as is required by section 31-1403, Idaho Code, 45 shall be filed with the fire protection board of the fire protection district 46 into which petitioners seek to be annexed. The petition shall accurately 47 describe the boundaries of the territory and name and describe the fire pro- 48 tection district to which annexation is sought. The petition shall be accompa- 49 nied by a map showing and distinguishing the boundaries of the original dis- 50 trict and the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed, and showing 51 the location of the intervening county line. The fire protection board shall 10 1 follow the notice and public hearing requirements contained in section 2 31-1411, Idaho Code, and if it approves of the annexation proposal, it will 3 issue a written resolution consenting to the proposed annexation. If the fire 4 protection board issues such a resolution, the petitioners shall proceed in 5 accordance with the steps outlined in this section. 6 (3) A petition, such as is required by section 31-1403, Idaho Code, shall 7 be filed with the board of county commissioners of the county in which is sit- 8 uated the territory proposed to be annexed but shall accurately describe the 9 boundaries of the territory, and name and describe the fire protection dis- 10 trict to which annexation is sought, shall be accompanied by a map showing and 11 distinguishing the boundaries of the original district and the boundaries of 12 the territory proposed to be annexed, and showing the location of the inter- 13 vening county line. The petition must be accompanied by a certified copy of a14 the resolution of the board of fire protection commissioners of the original15 districtconsenting to the annexation. 16 c.(4) The notice of hearing on the petition shall state that certain ter- 17 ritory described in the petition, is proposed to be annexed to a fire protec- 18 tion district named in the petition and that any taxpayer within the bound- 19 aries of the territory proposed to be annexed may offer objections at the time 20 and place specified. The order entered by the local board of county commis- 21 sioners on the petition shall, if the petition be granted, fix the boundaries 22 of the annexed territory and direct that a map of it be prepared under the 23 direction of the clerk of the board, and certified copies of the order and map 24 shall be transmitted to the clerk of the board of county commissioners of the 25 county in which the original fire protection district is situated. 26 d.(5) An election shall be heldconducted by the county clerk or elec- 27 tions office in the county where the land sought to be annexed is situated, 28 subject to the provisions of section 34-106, Idaho Code, in the territory pro- 29 posed to be annexed for the purpose of voting upon the annexation and the 30 notice shall accurately describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to 31 be annexed, shall state the name of the district to which annexation is 32 sought, and that a map showing the boundaries of the district and of the ter- 33 ritory proposed to be annexed is on file in the office of the clerk of the 34 local board of county commissioners. The notice shall prescribe the form of 35 ballot to be cast, which shall contain the words "In favor of annexation to 36 .... Fire Protection District" and "Against annexation to .... Fire Protection 37 District," and shall direct that the voter indicate his choice thereon by a 38 cross (X). 39 e.(6) The territory proposed to be annexed shall constitute one (1) elec- 40 tion precinct and there shall be added to the usual elector's oath, in case of 41 challenge, the following words: "And I am a resident within the boundaries of 42 the territory proposed to be annexed to .... Fire Protection District." The 43 returns of the election shall be canvassed by the board of the county commis- 44 sioners of the county in which the territory proposed to be annexed is situ- 45 ated, and if it shall appear from the canvass that more than one-half (1/2) of 46 the voters are in favor of the annexation, the board shall, by order entered 47 on its minutes, declare the territory a part of the fire protection district 48 to which annexation is sought, and a certified copy of the order shall be 49 transmitted to the fire protection board of the original district, and also to 50 the board of the county commissioners of the county in which the original dis- 51 trict is situated. A certified copy of the order shall also be filed in the 52 office of the county recorder of the county in which the territory proposed to 53 be annexed is situated. At the first meeting of the board of countyfire pro- 54 tection commissioners following the annexation of property from another 55 county, the board of county commissionersshall resubdivide the expanded fire 11 1 protection district into three (3) subdivisions, as nearly equal in population 2 and area as practicable. Not more than one (1) fire protection district com- 3 missioner shall reside in each subdistrict. If, because of resubdistricting, 4 two (2) or more commissioners reside in the same subdistrict, they shall draw 5 lots to determine who shall remain in office. The county commissionersremain- 6 ing commissioners on the board shall appoint, as necessary, persons to fill 7 vacancies created as a result of annexation pursuant to the provisions of sec- 8 tion 31-1409, Idaho Code. An appointee shall serve the remainder of the term 9 of office he or she is appointed to fill. Certified copies of appointments of 10 secretary and treasurer of the district shall be filed with the clerk of the 11 board of county commissioners and with the tax collector of each county in 12 which any portion of the district is situated and all taxes levied by the dis- 13 trict shall be certified to, and extended, collected and remitted by, the 14 proper officers of the county in which is situated the property subject to the 15 levy. 16 SECTION 12. That Section 31-1413, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 17 amended to read as follows: 18 31-14 1315. ORGANIZATION OF BOARD -- MEETINGS -- OFFICERS -- OFFICIAL 19 BONDS. Immediately after qualifying, the board of fire protection commission- 20 ers shall meet and organize as a board, and at that time, and whenever there- 21 after vacancies in the respective offices may occur, they shall elect a presi- 22 dent from their number, and shall appoint a secretary and treasurer who may 23 also be from their number, all of whom shall hold office during the pleasure 24 of the board, or for terms fixed by the board. The offices of secretary and 25 treasurer may be filled by the same person. Certified copies of all such 26 appointments, under the hand of each of the commissioners, shall be forthwith 27 filed with the clerk of the board of county commissioners and with the tax 28 collector of the county. 29 As soon as practicable after the organization of the first board of fire 30 protection commissioners, and thereafter when deemed expedient or necessary, 31 such board shall designate a day and hour on which regular meetings shall be 32 held and a place for the holding thereof, which shall be within the district. 33 Regular meetings shall be held at least quarterly. The minutes of all meetings 34 must show what bills are submitted, considered, allowed or rejected. The sec- 35 retary shall make a list of all bills presented, showing to whom payable, for 36 what service or material, when and where used, amount claimed, allowed or dis- 37 allowed. Such list shall be signed by the chairman and attested by the secre-38 tary; provided, that all special meetings must be ordered by the president or39 a majority of the board, the order must be entered of record, and the secre-40 tary must give each member not joining in the order, five (5) days' notice of41 special meetings: provided, further, that whenever all members of the board42 are present, however called, the same shall be deemed a legal meeting and any43 lawful business may be transactedacted on by the board. All meetings of the 44 board must be public, and a majority shall constitute a quorum for the trans- 45 action of business. All fire protection districts shall meet the financial 46 audit filing requirements as provided in section 67-450B, Idaho Code. All 47 meetings of fire protection boards shall be noticed and run in accordance with 48 the open meeting law provided for in sections 67-2340 through 67-2347, Idaho 49 Code, inclusive. All records shall be open to the inspection of any elector50 during business hoursof fire protection districts shall be available to the 51 public in accordance with the provisions of public records law as provided for 52 in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code. 53 The officers of the district shall take and file with the secretary, an 12 1 oath for faithful performance of the duties of the respective offices. The 2 treasurer shall on his appointment execute and file with the secretary an 3 official bond in compliance with section 41-2604, Idaho Code, in such an 4 amount as may be fixed by the fire protection board but in no case less than 5 ten thousand dollars ($10,000). 6 SECTION 13. That Section 31-1414, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 7 amended to read as follows: 8 31-14 1416. FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS ARE GOVERNMENTAL SUBDIVISIONS OF 9 IDAHO AND BODIES POLITIC AND CORPORATE. Every fire protection district upon 10 being organized as provided by this chapter shall be a governmental subdivi- 11 sion of the state of Idaho and a body politic and corporate, and as such has 12 the power specified in this chapter. Its powers can be exercised only by the 13 fire protection board or by agents and officers acting under their authority, 14 or authority of law. The name of the district designated in the order of the 15 board of county commissioners declaring the territory duly organized as a fire 16 protection district, shall be the corporate name of such district, and it must 17 be known and designated thereby in all actions and proceedings touching its 18 corporate right, property and duties. 19 SECTION 14. That Section 31-1415, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 20 amended to read as follows: 21 31-14 1517. CORPORATE POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD OF FIRE PROTECTION COM- 22 MISSIONERS. TheA board of fire protection commissioners shall have discre- 23 tionary powers to manage and conduct the business and affairs of the district. 24 Each fire protection district has powerThe discretionary powers shall 25 include, but not be limited to, the following: 26 (1 .) To sue and be sued. 27 (2 .) To purchase, hold, sell and convey real property, make such con- 28 tracts, and purchase, hold, sell and dispose of such personal property as may 29 be necessary or convenient for the purposes of this actchapter. 30 (3 .) To levy and apply such taxes for purposes under its exclusive juris- 31 diction as are authorized by law, and to approve the annual district budget by 32 resolution of the board. 33 (4 .) To make and execute all necessary contracts. 34 (5 .) To adopt such rules as may be necessary to carry out their duties 35 and responsibilities. 36 (6) To hire, pay, promote, discipline, and terminate district employees, 37 contractors and agents, or delegate such powers. 38 (7) To set compensation and benefit levels for employees, commissioners, 39 contractors and agents. 40 (8) To appoint members of district appeals boards and investigatory 41 boards for the purpose of handling personnel matters or disputes concerning 42 fire code enforcement issues, and to appoint other boards or committees that 43 commissioners deem necessary for carrying out the purposes and policies of 44 this chapter. 45 (9) To enforce the fire code and rules adopted by the state fire marshal 46 pursuant to chapter 2, title 41, Idaho Code. 47 (10) To charge and collect reasonable fees for services provided to resi- 48 dents of the fire protection district or city, in accordance with the provi- 49 sions of sections 63-1311 and 63-1311A, Idaho Code. 50 SECTION 15. That Section 31-1416A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 13 1 amended to read as follows: 2 31-14 16A18. TEMPORARY INABILITY OF COMMISSIONER. Whenever, for any rea- 3 son, any member of the board of fire protection district commissioners submits 4 to the board a signed written notice stating that the commissioner is tempo- 5 rarily unable to perform the duties of the office for a period of at least 6 ninety (90) days, the other members of the board shall appoint a suitable per- 7 son to perform such duties temporarily as an acting officer as provided 8 herein, until the incumbent of the office shall be able to resume the perfor- 9 mance of his duties, or a vacancy occurs in such office. 10 Each member of the board of a fire protection district shall designate two 11 (2) temporary interim successors to his powers and duties and specify their 12 order of succession. Each member shall review and, as necessary, revise the 13 designations of temporary interim successors so there are always two (2) qual- 14 ified temporary interim successors. The designation of a temporary interim 15 successor shall become effective when the member making the designation files 16 with the secretary of the board of the fire protection district the name, 17 address and rank of the successors in order of succession. 18 When a member of the board of fire protection district commissioners is 19 temporarily unable to perform the duties of office, the other members of the 20 board shall appoint a temporary interim successor highest in order of succes- 21 sion who is available. The interim successor, except for the power and duty to 22 appoint temporary interim successors, shall exercise the power and assume the 23 duties of the member of the board of fire protection district commissioners. 24 No person shall be designated or serve as a temporary interim successor unless 25 he is qualified to hold the office of a member of the board of fire protection 26 district commissioners, to whose powers and duties he is designated to succeed 27 under the constitution and laws of the state of Idaho. The order of appoint- 28 ment of a temporary interim successor shall be recorded in the official pro- 29 ceedings of the board. 30 SECTION 16. That Section 31-1417, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 31 amended to read as follows: 32 31-14 1719. FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT HAS LEGAL TITLE TO PROPERTY. The 33 legal title to all property acquired under the provisions of this chapter 34 shall immediately and by operation of law, vest in such fire protection dis- 35 trict, and shall be held by such district in trust for and is hereby dedicated 36 and set apart to the uses and purposes set forth in this actchapter. Said 37 board is hereby authorized and empowered to hold, use, acquire, manage, 38 occupy, possess, sell, convey and dispose of said property, whether real or 39 personal, as in this chapter provided; and to institute and maintain any and 40 all actions and proceedings, suits at law or in equity necessary or proper in 41 order to fully carry out the provisions of this actchapter, or to enforce, 42 maintain, protect or preserve any and all rights, privileges and immunities 43 created by this actchapter or acquired in pursuance thereof. In all courts, 44 actions, suits or proceedings, the said board may sue, appear and defend, in 45 person or by attorneys, and in the name of such fire protection district. 46 SECTION 17. That Section 31-1417A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 47 amended to read as follows: 48 31-14 17A20. PROCEDURE FOR SALE, CONVEYANCE AND DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY. 49 Real or personal property of a fire protection district may be sold, conveyed, 50 and disposed of by its board of commissioners whenever the board finds and by 14 1 resolution declares that the district no longer has use therefor, subject to 2 the following procedure: 3 ( a1) If in the opinion of the board, any such personal property does not 4 exceed fiveten thousand dollars ($ 510,000) in value, the same may be sold 5 without independent appraisal, notice, or competitive bids. 6 ( b2) All such real property, and any such personal property exceeding7 fivethat the board determines to exceed ten thousand dollars ($ 510,000) in 8 value, shall be appraised by three (3) disinterested residents of the county9 in which the district is located,a certified appraiser who shall be selected 10 by the board. It may then be sold at public or private sale to the highest 11 bidder for cash at not less than its appraised value, after due notice. If the 12 property cannot be sold for the appraised value after reasonable efforts have 13 been made, the board may then sell the property for adequate and valuable con- 14 sideration as determined by the board. 15 ( c3) Due notice of sale shall be accomplished if the notice shall 16 describe the property to be sold (legal description, if real property), state 17 the appraised value thereof (by separate items, if so appraised), and specify 18 the time, place, and conditions of sale. 19 ( d4) Said notice shall be published in a newspaper having general circu- 20 lation in the district at least twice, the first publication thereof to be not 21 less than tenfifteen (1 05) days preceding the day of sale. 22 ( e5) If such property is sold on terms, the board may contract for the 23 sale of the same for a period of years not exceeding ten (10) years, with an 24 annual rate of interest on all deferred payments not to exceed sixtwelve per- 25 cent ( 612%) per annum. The title to all property sold on contract shall be 26 retained in the name of the district until full payment has been made by the 27 purchaser. Any property sold by the board under the provisions of this sec- 28 tion, either for cash or on contract, shall be assessed by the county assessor 29 in the same manner and upon the same basis of valuation as though the pur- 30 chaser held a record title to the property so sold. The board shall have 31 authority to cancel any contract of sale, pursuant to law, if the purchaser 32 shall fail to comply with any of the terms of such contract, and retain all 33 payments paid thereon. The board may by agreement with the purchaser modify or 34 extend any of the terms of any contracts of sale, but the total period of 35 years shall not exceed ten (10) years. 36 ( f6) Upon final payment pursuant to the sale of such real property, the 37 president and secretary, pursuant to resolution of the board, shall duly exe- 38 cute and deliver an appropriate deed to the purchaser, and upon the accom- 39 plishment of the sale of such personal property, the president and secretary, 40 pursuant to resolution of the board, shall duly execute and deliver an appro- 41 priate bill of sale to the purchaser. 42 (7) In addition to any other powers granted by law, the board of fire 43 commissioners may at their discretion, grant to or exchange with the federal 44 government, the state of Idaho, any political subdivision, or taxing district 45 of the state of Idaho, with or without compensation, any real or personal 46 property or any interest in such property owned by the fire district or 47 acquired by tax deed, after adoption of a resolution that the grant or 48 exchange of property is in the public interest. Such resolution may be made at 49 any regularly or specially scheduled meeting of the board. Notice of such 50 grant or exchange shall be made in the same manner as set forth in subsections 51 (3) and (4) of this section. The fire protection district's execution and 52 delivery of the deed conveying an interest in the property shall operate to 53 discharge and cancel all levies, liens and taxes made or created for the bene- 54 fit of the fire protection district and to cancel all titles or claims of 55 title including claims of redemption to such real property asserted or exist- 15 1 ing at the time of such conveyance. 2 SECTION 18. That Section 31-1418, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 3 repealed. 4 SECTION 19. That Chapter 14, Title 31, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 5 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 6 ignated as Section 31-1421, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 7 31-1421. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS -- EXPENSES -- LIABILITY. (1) Fire 8 district commissioners may receive reasonable compensation for their services 9 as commissioners. The fire protection board shall fix commissioner benefits 10 and compensation for the fiscal year. Compensation for performing district 11 business shall not exceed seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per day. District 12 business shall include time spent preparing for and attending regular and spe- 13 cial board meetings and meetings of committees established by the board. Addi- 14 tional compensation, if approved by a majority of the fire protection board, 15 may be calculated for commissioners who attend county or state agency meet- 16 ings, educational classes, seminars, and other miscellaneous district busi- 17 ness. Commissioners may also participate in the district's employee benefit 18 package in the same manner as employees or volunteers. Any proposed commis- 19 sioner benefits and annual compensation shall be published as a separate line 20 item in the annual budget of the fire protection district. 21 (2) Actual expenses of commissioners for travel, and other district 22 expenses approved by the board, shall be paid to the commissioners in addition 23 to their annual compensation and benefits. The payment for expenses shall be 24 paid from the funds of the fire protection district on either a per diem basis 25 or upon the presentation of itemized receipts to the treasurer. 26 (3) The board shall fix the annual compensation and benefits to be paid 27 to the other officers, agents and employees of the fire district, which shall 28 be paid out of the treasury of the fire district. 29 (4) The district shall be liable and responsible for the actions and 30 omissions of the commissioners, officers, agents, and employees of the dis- 31 trict, when the commissioners, officers, agents and employees are performing 32 their duties within the course and scope of their employment with the dis- 33 trict, and on behalf of the district. 34 SECTION 20. That Section 31-1419A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 35 amended to read as follows: 36 31-14 19A22. BUDGET AND HEARING -- NOTICE OF HEARING -- PUBLIC INSPECTION. 37 (1) The fire protection district board shall adopt a budget and shall cause a 38 public hearing to be held upon such budget, prior to certifying a tax levy to 39 the board of county commissioners of each county within the district, or hav- 40 ing a portion of its territory within the district. 41 (2) Notice of the budget hearing meeting shall be posted at least ten 42 (10) full days prior to the date of said meeting in at least one (1) conspicu- 43 ous place in each fire protection district to be determined by the board; a 44 copy of such notice shall also be published in a daily or weekly newspaper 45 published within such district, in one (1) issue thereof, during such ten (10) 46 day period. The place, hour and day of such hearing shall be specified in said 47 notice, as well as the place where such budget may be examined prior to such 48 hearing. A full and complete copy of such proposed budget shall be published 49 with and as a part of the publication of such notice of hearing. 50 (3) Such budget shall be available for public inspection from and after 16 1 the date of the posting of notices of hearing as in this section provided, at 2 such place and during such business hours as the board may direct. 3 (4) A quorum of the board shall attend such hearing and explain the pro- 4 posed budget and hear any and all objections thereto. 5 (5) The fiscal year of a fire protection district shall commence either 6 on the first day of October of each calendar year, or on the first day of Jan- 7 uary of each calendar year, as established by resolution of the fire protec- 8 tion district board of commissioners. 9 SECTION 21. That Section 31-1420, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 10 amended to read as follows: 11 31-142 03. LEVY. (1) Each year, immediately prior to the annual county 12 levy of taxes, the board of commissioners of each fire protection district, 13 organized and existing under this actchapter, may levy a tax upon all the 14 taxable property within the boundaries of such district sufficient to defray 15 the cost of equipping and maintaining the district of twenty-four hundredths 16 percent (.24%) of market value for assessment purposes, to be used for the 17 purposes of this actchapter and for no other purpose. The levy shall be made 18 by resolution entered upon the minutes of the board of commissioners of the 19 fire protection district, and it shall be the duty of the secretary of the 20 district, immediately after entry of the resolution in the minutes, to trans- 21 mit to the county auditor, county assessor and state board of equalization 22 certified copies of the resolution providing for such levy. Said taxes shall 23 be collected as provided by section 63-812, Idaho Code. 24 (2) If two (2) or more fire protection districts consolidate into one (1) 25 district, the provisions of section 63-802, Idaho Code, shall apply to the 26 consolidated district's budget request as if the former district which, in the 27 year of the consolidation, has the higher levy subject to the limitations of 28 section 63-802, Idaho Code, had annexed the other district or districts. In 29 addition, the consolidated district shall receive the benefit of foregone 30 increases accumulated by the former districts under section 63-802(1)(a), 31 Idaho Code. 32 SECTION 22. That Section 31-1421, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 33 amended to read as follows: 34 31-142 14. DUTIES OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. The board of county commission- 35 ers, at the time of making the annual county levies, shall make a levy upon 36 all the taxable property not exempt from taxation within each district within 37 the county in the same amount as the levy made by the board of commissioners 38 of each fire protection district, and shall certify such levy or levies to the 39 county auditor, and said auditor shall extend such levy on the rolls of the 40 county, as other county taxes are extended; such special taxes so levied, as 41 aforesaid, shall constitute a lien upon the property so assessed and shall be 42 due and payable at the same time and in all respects are to be collected in 43 the same manner as the state and county taxes, except that the tax collector 44 must keep a separate list thereof and must list said tax in his receipt to the 45 taxpayers and must pay to the county treasurer as he pays other taxes, specify 46 to the treasurer what taxes they are and take a separate receipt therefor, and 47 keep separate accounts thereof. 48 SECTION 23. That Section 31-1422, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 49 amended to read as follows: 17 1 31-142 25. EXEMPTIONS. (1) All public utilities, as defined in section 2 61-129, Idaho Code, shall be exempt from taxation under the provisions of this 3 actchapter and shall not be entitled to the privileges or protection hereby 4 provided without their consent in writing filed with the clerk of the board of 5 county commissioners. Provided however, the board of fire protection commis- 6 sioners, may enter into an agreement with a public utility for the purpose of 7 affording the privileges or protection provided by the fire protection dis- 8 trict to all, or such portion, of the property of the public utility as may be 9 agreed upon between the parties and upon such terms and conditions as may be 10 mutually agreed upon between the parties to the agreement. 11 (2) The board of county commissioners, upon application and recommenda- 12 tion of the board of fire protection commissioners, may, by an ordinance 13 enacted by not later than the second Monday of July, exempt all or a portion 14 of the unimproved real property within the district from taxation, and may 15 exempt all or a portion of the taxable personal property within the district 16 from taxation. Any ordinance of the board of county commissioners granting an 17 exemption from taxation under the provisions of this section must provide that 18 each category of property is treated uniformly. Notice of intent to adopt an 19 ordinance which exempts unimproved real property shall be provided to property 20 owners of record in substantially the same manner as required in section 21 67-6511(b), Idaho Code, as if the ordinance were making a zoning district 22 boundary change. 23 SECTION 24. That Section 31-1423, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 24 amended to read as follows: 25 31-14 2326. HANDLING OF DISTRICT FUNDS. Such funds(1) The tax receipts 26 collected by the county as provided for in section 31-1424, Idaho Code, and 27 other funds shall immediately be paid over by the county treasurer to the 28 treasurer of the fire protection district, who shall deposit the same in a 29 bank and be handled in the manner prescribed by the state depository law and 30 all other funds received, by or on behalf of the district, shall be deposited 31 by the treasurer to the credit of the district fund and shall be drawn only 32 upon voucher and by check bearing the signature of the treasurer and counter-33 signed by the president of such district, orand at least one (1) commis- 34 sioner, or in the event that the treasurer is unavailable, checks may be 35 signed by two (2) commissioners. Provided however, upon written resolution of 36 the board, suchchecks may be signed by adesignated representatives who has37 have been bonded in anamounts deemed appropriate by the board. 38 (2) It is hereby made the duty of the treasurer of the fire protection 39 district to keep account of the district's funds; to place to the credit of 40 the district all moneys received by him from the collector of taxes or from 41 any other officer charged with the collection of taxes as the proceeds of 42 taxes levied by the fire protection board, or from any other sources, and of 43 all other moneys belonging to the district and to pay over all moneys belong- 44 ing to the district on legally drawn warrants or orders of the district offi- 45 cers entitled to draw the same. 46 (3) No checks or warrants shall be signed until it is determined that the 47 payment has been legally authorized, that the money has been duly appropriated 48 by the board, and that such appropriation has not been exhausted. No checks or 49 warrants shall be drawn in excess of the moneys actually in the district trea- 50 sury. Provided however, warrants may be issued in anticipation of a levy 51 except as otherwise provided in this chapter. The district shall pay warrants 52 presented for payment provided there is money in the treasury for that pur- 53 pose. 18 1 (4) All warrants for the payment of an indebtedness of a fire protection 2 district which are unpaid due to lack of funds shall bear interest at a rate 3 to be fixed by the fire protection board from the date of the registering of 4 such unpaid warrants with the treasurer. Provided, however, that the dollar 5 amount of the warrants shall not exceed the revenue provided for the year in 6 which the indebtedness was incurred. 7 SECTION 25. That Section 31-1424, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 8 amended to read as follows: 9 31-142 47. INDEBTEDNESS PROHIBITED -- EXCEPTIONS. The board of commission- 10 ers of a fire protection district organized pursuant to the provisions of this 11 chapter shall have no power to incur any debt or liability, except to the 12 extent for the purposes and in the manner hereinafter provided: 13 ( a1) In the first year after organization, the board of a district may, 14 for the purpose of organization, to finance general preliminary expenses of 15 the district or for any other purpose of the fire protection district law, and 16 before making a tax levy, incur an indebtedness not exceeding in the aggregate 17 a sum equal to one cent ($.01) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of market 18 value for assessment purposes of all real and personal property within the 19 district. 20 ( b2) Whenever the board of commissioners of a fire protection district 21 shall determine that the interest of said district and the public interest or 22 necessity require incurring an indebtedness exceeding the income and revenue 23 provided for the year for the purposes of ( ia) acquiring, purchasing, con- 24 structing, improving and equipping lands, building sites and buildings 25 together with the necessary appurtenant facilities and equipment and ( iib) 26 acquiring and purchasing suitable equipment and apparatus necessary to provide 27 fire protection, the board shall have the power and authority as hereinafter 28 provided to issue general obligation coupon bonds not to exceed in the aggre- 29 gate at any time two percent (2%) of market value for assessment purposes of 30 the real and personal property in said district. 31 Whenever the board of a district shall deem it advisable to issue general 32 obligation coupon bonds, the board shall provide for the issuance of such 33 bonds by ordinance which shall specify and set forth all the purposes, objects 34 and things required by section 57-203, Idaho Code, and make provision for the 35 collection of an annual tax sufficient to ( ia) constitute a sinking fund for 36 the payment of the principal thereof within thirty (30) years from the time of 37 contracting said bonded indebtedness and ( iib) to pay the interest on such 38 proposed bonds as it falls due. 39 The aforesaid ordinance shall also provide for holding an election, notice 40 of which shall be given for thirty (30) days in a newspaper or newspapers of 41 general circulation in the district. The election shall be conducted in the 42 manner and form, the returns canvassed, and the qualifications of electors of 43 the district voting or offering to vote shall be determined, as provided by 44 the pertinent and applicable provisions of title 34, Idaho Code. The voting at 45 such election must be by ballot and the ballot used shall be substantially as 46 follows: "In favor of issuing bonds to the amount of .......... dollars for 47 the purpose stated in Ordinance No. ......" and "Against issuing bonds to the 48 amount of ......... dollars for the purpose stated in Ordinance No. ......." 49 If at such election two-thirds (2/3) of the qualified electors voting at such 50 election, assent to the issuing of such bonds and the incurring of the indebt- 51 edness thereby created for the purposes, objects, and things provided in said 52 Ordinance No. ......, such bonds shall be issued in the manner provided by 53 chapter 2, title 57, Idaho Code, the municipal bond law of the state of Idaho. 19 1 Bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of this section and the income 2 therefrom shall be exempt from taxation except transfer and estate taxes. 3 SECTION 26. That Section 31-1424A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 4 amended to read as follows: 5 31-142 4A8. CARRY OVER -- FUND BALANCE. The board of commissioners of a 6 fire protection district may accumulate fund balances at the end of a fiscal 7 year and carry over those fund balances into the ensuing fiscal year budget 8 for equipping and maintaining the district. A "fund balance" is the excess of 9 the assets of a fund over its liabilities and reserves. 10 SECTION 27. That Sections 31-1425, 31-1426, 31-1427, 31-1428 and 31-1430, 11 Idaho Code, be, and the same are hereby repealed. 12 SECTION 28. That Chapter 14, Title 31, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 13 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 14 ignated as Section 31-1430, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 15 31-1430. COOPERATION AND RECIPROCATING USE OF FIREFIGHTING FORCES AND 16 APPARATUS OF DISTRICTS AND CITIES. Fire protection districts shall have all of 17 the powers given to political subdivisions of the state of Idaho as set forth 18 in section 67-2339, Idaho Code, and sections 67-2326 through 67-2333, Idaho 19 Code, inclusive, to enter into intra-agency and mutual aid agreements with 20 other political subdivisions and municipalities in Idaho, and in other states, 21 for the purposes of protecting life and property against loss by fire and for 22 all other purposes of this chapter. Any fire protection district or city fire 23 department extinguishing a fire or responding to a call for emergency assis- 24 tance to persons or property not situated within the taxing authority of the 25 fire district or city fire department, are authorized to charge a reasonable 26 fee for the services provided and shall have a lien upon property serviced, 27 which lien shall be filed of record against the property in the name of the 28 district or city in the time and manner provided by section 45-507, Idaho 29 Code, for liens of original contractors. Fire districts and cities are also 30 authorized to charge reasonable fees for services provided to residents 31 located within the fire district or city in accordance with the requirements 32 and procedures contained in sections 63-1311 and 63-1311A, Idaho Code, and 33 shall have a lien upon the property serviced as provided in this section. 34 SECTION 29. That Section 31-1430A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 35 repealed. 36 SECTION 30. That Section 31-1430B, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 37 amended to read as follows: 38 31-143 0B1. CONTRACTS BETWEEN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS AND INDIVIDUAL 39 PROPERTY OWNERS OUTSIDE OF DISTRICT. Fire protection districts subject to the 40 conditions hereinafter set forth are hereby authorized tomay, pursuant to the 41 discretion of the fire protection board, contract with individual property 42 owners whose property is situated outside of the external boundaries of the 43 fire protection district within the state of Idaho or within any neighboring 44 state to provide for the same measure of fire protection to such contracting 45 property owner as is provided to property owners within the boundaries of such 46 contracting fire protection districts. All such contracts shall be for a term 47 of one (1) year and shall commence at 12:01 A.M.a.m. on January 1 of such 20 1 year and expire at 12 midnight on December 31 of such year. Such cContracts 2 shall provide for a monetary consideration to be paid in advance by such prop- 3 erty owner and the monetary consideration provided to be paid thereinshall be 4 based upon the cost of providing such service to such property owner, includ- 5 ing, but not limited to, covering the district's administrative and contract 6 preparation costs, including legal fees for preparation and review of the con- 7 tracts, and shall also take into consideration the distance between such prop- 8 erty and the fire station or other facility wherein the fire fightingfire- 9 fighting equipment of such fire protection district is kept. ; and such10 mMonetary consideration shall in no event be less than the amount that would 11 have been paid in taxes that would have been levied and assessed under the 12 provisions of this actchapter, if such property had been included within the 13 boundaries of said fire protection district. The power herein granted is sub- 14 ject to the limitation that no such contract may be entered into with any 15 property owner whose house and out-buildingsoutbuildings are situate further 16 distant from the firehouse or other facility wherein such district's fire pro- 17 tection equipment is kept than the point on the external boundary of such dis- 18 trict that is furthest distant from the firehouse or other facility wherein 19 such district's fire protection equipment is kept. , and pProvided further, 20 however, that all of the contiguous lands of any contracting property owner 21 must be included in said contract unless a portion of such property owner's 22 lands are further distant from the firehouse where such district's fire fight-23 ingfirefighting equipment is kept than the point on the external boundary of 24 such fire protection district that is furthest distant from the firehouse, in 25 which case such portion of said lands must be excluded. For the purpose of 26 determining value of eligible property situate outside the state of Idaho, the 27 board of commissioners of such fire protection district shall determine as 28 nearly as possible what the assessed value of such lands outside the state of 29 Idaho would be if the same were situate within the state of Idaho. 30 SECTION 31. That Section 31-1431, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 31 amended to read as follows: 32 31-143 12. CONSTRUCTION OF ACTCHAPTER. The provisions of this actchapter 33 shall be liberally construed to affecteffect the purposes thereof. 34 SECTION 32. That Sections 31-1432 and 31-1433, Idaho Code, be, and the 35 same are hereby repealed. 36 SECTION 33. That Section 31-1434, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 37 amended to read as follows: 38 31-143 43. CONTINUATION OF EXISTING DISTRICTS -- VALIDATING ACTS OF OFFI- 39 CERS. Nothing in this actchapter shall be construed as impairing the legality 40 or organization of any fire protection district heretofore organized pursuant 41 to law, nor the legality of any act of such district done in accordance with 42 the prior law, nor shall it be deemed to affect the legality of the election 43 of any officer of any such existing fire protection district, and all direc- 44 tors and officers duly elected, qualified and holding office at the time of 45 the taking effect of this actchapter, shall continue to serve in such office 46 until the expiration of their present terms; provided, however, that such fire 47 protection districts as have existed heretofore shall comply with the provi- 48 sions of this actchapter as soon as they can conveniently do so and thereaf- 49 ter be governed by the provisions of this actchapter. Nor shall anything in 50 this actchapter be deemed in any way to affect the existing indebtedness of 21 1 any fire protection district created under and by virtue of the provisions of 2 chapter 3, title 30, Idaho Code. All such existing fire protection districts, 3 and the lawful acts of their officers and agents, are hereby declared prima 4 facie lawful as de facto fire protection districts; provided, however, that 5 such districts shall comply with the provisions of this actchapter as soon as 6 they can conveniently do so and thereafter be governed by the provisions of 7 this actchapter. 8 SECTION 34. That Section 31-1435, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 9 amended to read as follows: 10 31-143 54. ANY DISSOLUTION. Dissolution of any fire protection district 11 organized under this chapter may be initiated by a petition signed by twenty-12 five (25) or more of the holders of title, or evidence of title to real prop-13 erty within the fire protection district aggregating not less than one thou-14 sand (1,000) acres of contiguous territory, or consisting of contiguous terri-15 tory of less extent, by having market value for assessment purposes of at16 least five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) at the last preceding county17 assessment, or by a petition signedby at least twenty-five per centpercent 18 (25%) of the holders of title, or evidence of title, to the real property 19 within the fire protection district, requesting dissolution of such fire pro- 20 tection district, in the following manner: 21 The petition shall first be presented to the board of county commissioners 22 of each county in which the fire protection district is situated, signed by 23 the number of holders of title or evidence of title above provided, which 24 petition shall clearly designate the boundaries of the fire protection dis- 25 trict and shall state the name of the district and shall be accompanied by a 26 map thereof. The petition, together with all maps and other papers filed 27 therewith, shall, at proper hours, be open to public inspection in the office 28 of the clerk of the board of county commissioners between the date of their 29 said filing and the date of the election on the question of districts as here- 30 after provided. The petition may be in one (1) or in several papers. When such 31 petition is presented to the board of county commissioners, and filed in the 32 office of the clerk of the board, the said board shall set a time for hearing 33 of such petition, which time shall not be less than four (4) nor more than six 34 (6) weeks from the date of the presenting and filing of said petition. A 35 notice of the time of such hearing shall be published by said board, once a 36 week for three (3) successive weeks previous to the time set for such hearing, 37 in a newspaper published within the county in which said district is situated. 38 Said notice shall give the boundaries of the fire protection district and 39 shall state that a petition has been filed to dissolve the same, and that on 40 the date fixed for the hearing, any taxpayer within the district, may appear 41 and offer any objection to the dissolving of such districtat the hearing and 42 testify and/or present exhibits upon any issue pertaining to the proposed dis- 43 solution of the fire district, or may object to or support the proposed disso- 44 lution. 45 After hearing and considering any and all objections to the dissolving of46 saidtestimony and other evidence either made in favor of or in opposition to 47 the dissolution of the fire district, if the board of county commissioners 48 makes a sufficient factual finding that the majority of the residents of the 49 fire district will receive no benefit by continuing the existence of the fire 50 district, the county commissioners shall thereuponmake an order either deny-51 ing such petition orgranting samethe petition, with or without modification. 52 Provided however, the board of county commissioners, after hearing and consid- 53 ering all testimony and other evidence either in favor of or in opposition to 22 1 the dissolution of the fire district, cannot make a sufficient factual finding 2 that the majority of the residents of the fire district will receive no bene- 3 fit by continuing the existence of the fire district, the county commissioners 4 shall make an order denying the petition. After the county commissioners have 5 entered their order approving or denying such petition, the clerk of the board 6 of county commissioners shall cause to be published, a notice of election to 7 be held in such proposed fire protection district, for the purpose of deter- 8 mining whether or not the same shall be dissolved. Such notice shall plainly 9 and clearly designate the boundaries of the fire protection district, its 10 name, and further, that the election is to be held to decide the question of 11 whether the fire protection district shall be maintained or dissolved. Such 12 notice shall be published once in each week for three (3) successive publica- 13 tions prior to such election, in a newspaper published within the county 14 aforesaid. 15 Such notice shall require the electors to cast ballots which shall contain 16 the words "fire protection district dissolved .... yes" or: "fire protection 17 district dissolved .... no" or words equivalent thereto. No person shall be 18 entitled to vote at any election held under the provisions of this act19 chapter, unless he shall possess all the qualifications required of electors 20 under the general laws of the state and be a resident of the district. 21 The election qualifications of electors and canvass of the ballots shall 22 be made in the same manner as provided for in sections 31-1406 and 31-1407, 23 Idaho Code. 24 If a majority of the electors voting at such election shall vote to dis- 25 solve the fire protection district, the board of county commissioners shall, 26 after certifying the results of such election, enter an order upon the minutes 27 of its official proceedings dissolving said fire protection district, and such 28 district shall thereupon be dissolved. 29 Provided, however, that whenever a petition requesting dissolution of a 30 fire protection district is signed by the holders of title, or evidence of 31 title, to all of the real property included within the fire protection dis- 32 trict and is presented to the board of county commissioners of the county in 33 which the fire protection district is situated, accompanied by a map clearly 34 designating the boundaries of the district, the board of county commissioners 35 shall set a time for hearing of such petition, which time shall not be less 36 than four (4) nor more than six (6) weeks from the date of the presenting and 37 filing of said petition. A notice of the time and place of such hearing shall 38 be published by said board once a week for three (3) successive weeks previous 39 to such hearing, in a newspaper published within the county in which the fire 40 protection district is situated. Said notice shall give the boundaries of the 41 fire protection district and shall state that a petition has been filed to 42 dissolve the same, and that on the date fixed for the hearing, any resident, 43 taxpayer, or creditor of such fire protection district may appear and offer 44 any objection to the dissolving of the fire protection district. If at such 45 hearing, no protests are made to the granting of the petition, the board of 46 county commissioners shall enter an order upon the minutes of its official 47 proceedings dissolving such fire protection district, and such district shall 48 thereupon be dissolved. If, however, any protests from residents, taxpayers, 49 or creditors of the district are entered at such hearing, the board of county 50 commissioners shall, within thirty (30) days of said hearing, determine 51 whether or not such fire protection district shall be dissolved and shall 52 cause an order to that effect to be entered upon the minutes of its official 53 proceedings. If the board determines that the fire protection district shall 54 be dissolved, such dissolution shall be effective as of the date of the entry 55 of such order upon the minutes. 23 1 The property of such district shall remain the property of the county in 2 which such district is located and any money remaining in the fund of such 3 district shall be expended in the maintenance and repair of the highways of 4 such district whether such highways at the time of the dissolution, are in the 5 incorporated territory or in unincorporated territory. 6 If the district is situated in two (2) or more counties, each board of 7 county commissioners shall coordinate the hearing date and the publications of 8 notice so that only one (1) hearing need be held. Unless otherwise agreed to 9 by each board of county commissioners involved, the hearing shall be held at 10 the administrative offices of the district, and the boards of county commis- 11 sioners are hereby specifically authorized to act in a joint manner for such 12 purposes. If an election is called, the boards of county commissioners shall 13 provide that the election be held on the same day in each county, and the 14 boards of county commissioners shall coordinate the canvass of the votes cast 15 and make one (1) joint announcement. If a majority of votes in any county are 16 against the dissolution of the district, such rejection shall void the disso- 17 lution of the district in all counties. 18 SECTION 35. That Section 31-1436, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 19 amended to read as follows: 20 31-143 65. SEPARABILITY. The several parts and provisions of this act21 chapter are hereby declared independent and severable and the invalidity of 22 any part or feature thereof shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the 23 remainder of said section, or any part thereof. 24 SECTION 36. That Section 31-1437, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 25 amended to read as follows: 26 31-143 76. NONLIABILITY OF AGENCY FOR DELAY IN REPORT OF FIRE -- EXCEP- 27 TION. No person, corporation, partnership or association which is authorized 28 by any city fire department, fire protection district or by any volunteer fire 29 company to receive any report of fire or which agrees to receive and transmit 30 anythe report to the fire department, fire protection district or volunteer 31 fire company, shall be liable in any civil action for damage to property or 32 persons, including death, caused by delay in reporting or failure to report 33 the fire, unless the delay or failure is the result of the gross negligence of 34 the person, corporation, partnership or association. 35 SECTION 37. That Section 31-1438, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 36 amended to read as follows: 37 31-143 87. LIABILITY FOR INDEBTEDNESS OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS AFTER 38 BOUNDARY CHANGES. Territory withdrawn from any fire protection district shall 39 continue to be subject to taxation for the payment of the principal of and 40 interest on any indebtedness, whether evidenced by bonds, notes, or other sim- 41 ilar evidences of indebtedness created by election outstanding upon the effec- 42 tive date of withdrawal as fully as though the territory had not been with- 43 drawn. For the purpose of discharging the indebtedness and interest thereon 44 and other obligations, the territory shall be considered a part of the dis- 45 trict the same as though not withdrawn. All provisions which could have been 46 used to compel the payment by the withdrawn territory of its portion of the 47 indebtedness and interest thereon had the withdrawal not occurred can be used 48 to compel the payment on the part of the withdrawn territory of the portion 49 for which it is liable. Provided, however, by mutual agreement, the entity 24 1 annexing or withdrawing territory from the district may acquire the capital 2 assets which represent the proceeds of the indebtedness and pay off or assume 3 the indebtedness to the extent otherwise permitted by law and the terms of the 4 underlying obligation. 5 SECTION 38. That Section 63-802, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 6 amended to read as follows: 7 63-802. LIMITATION ON BUDGET REQUESTS -- LIMITATION ON TAX CHARGES -- 8 EXCEPTIONS. (1) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section for tax 9 year 1995, and each year thereafter, no taxing district shall certify a budget 10 request for an amount of property tax revenues to finance an annual budget 11 that exceeds the greater of: 12 (a) The dollar amount of property taxes certified for its annual budget 13 for any one (1) of the three (3) tax years preceding the current tax year, 14 whichever is greater, which amount may be increased by a growth factor of 15 not to exceed three percent (3%) plus the amount of revenue that would 16 have been generated by applying the levy of the previous year, not includ- 17 ing any levy described in subsection (4) of this section, to any increase 18 in market value subject to taxation resulting from new construction or 19 change of land use classification as evidenced by the value shown on the 20 new construction roll compiled pursuant to section 63-301A, Idaho Code; 21 and by the value of annexation during the previous calendar year, as cer- 22 tified by the state tax commission for market values of operating property 23 of public utilities and by the county assessor; or 24 (b) The dollar amount of property taxes certified for its annual budget 25 during the last year in which a levy was made; or 26 (c) The dollar amount of the actual budget request, if the taxing dis- 27 trict is newly created except as may be provided in subsection (1)(h) of 28 this section; or 29 (d) In the case of school districts, the restriction imposed in section 30 33-802, Idaho Code; or 31 (e) In the case of a nonschool district for which less than the maximum 32 allowable increase in the dollar amount of property taxes is certified 33 for annual budget purposes in any one (1) year, such a district may, in 34 any following year, recover the foregone increase by certifying, in addi- 35 tion to any increase otherwise allowed, an amount not to exceed one hun- 36 dred percent (100%) of the increase originally foregone. Said additional 37 amount shall be included in future calculations for increases as allowed; 38 or 39 (f) In the case of cities, if the immediately preceding year's levy sub- 40 ject to the limitation provided by this section, is less than 0.004, the 41 city may increase its budget by an amount not to exceed the difference 42 between 0.004 and actual prior year's levy multiplied by the prior year's 43 market value for assessment purposes. The additional amount must be 44 approved by sixty percent (60%) of the voters voting on the question at an 45 election called for that purpose and held on the date in May or November 46 provided by law, and may be included in the annual budget of the city for 47 purposes of this section; or 48 (g) A taxing district may submit to the electors within the district the 49 question of whether the budget from property tax revenues may be increased 50 beyond the amount authorized in this section, but not beyond the levy 51 authorized by statute. The additional amount must be approved by sixty-six 52 and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) or more of the voters voting on the ques- 53 tion at an election called for that purpose and held on the May or Novem- 25 1 ber dates provided by section 34-106, Idaho Code. If approved by the 2 required minimum sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the voters 3 voting at the election, the new budget amount shall be the base budget for 4 the purposes of this section; or 5 (h) When a nonschool district consolidates with another nonschool dis- 6 trict or dissolves and a new district performing similar governmental 7 functions as the dissolved district forms with the same boundaries within 8 three (3) years, the maximum amount of a budget of the district from prop- 9 erty tax revenues shall not be greater than the sum of the amounts that 10 would have been authorized by this section for the district itself or for 11 the districts that were consolidated or dissolved and incorporated into a 12 new district; or 13 (i) In the instance or case of cooperative service agencies, the restric- 14 tions imposed in sections 33-315 through 33-318, Idaho Code. 15 (2) In the case of fire districts, during the year immediately following 16 the election of a public utility or public utilities to consent to be provided 17 fire protection pursuant to section 31-142 25, Idaho Code, the maximum amount 18 of property tax revenues permitted in subsection (1) of this section may be 19 increased by an amount equal to the current year's taxable value of the con- 20 senting public utility or public utilities multiplied by that portion of the 21 prior year's levy subject to the limitation provided by subsection (1) of this 22 section. 23 (3) No board of county commissioners shall set a levy, nor shall the 24 state tax commission approve a levy for annual budget purposes which exceeds 25 the limitation imposed in subsection (1) of this section, unless authority to 26 exceed such limitation has been approved by a majority of the taxing 27 district's electors voting on the question at an election called for that pur- 28 pose and held pursuant to section 34-106, Idaho Code, provided however, that 29 such voter approval shall be for a period of not to exceed two (2) years. 30 (4) The amount of property tax revenues to finance an annual budget does 31 not include revenues from nonproperty tax sources, and does not include reve- 32 nue from levies that are voter approved for bonds, override levies or supple- 33 mental levies, plant facilities reserve fund levies, school emergency fund 34 levies or for levies applicable to newly annexed property or for levies appli- 35 cable to new construction as evidenced by the value of property subject to the 36 occupancy tax pursuant to section 63-317, Idaho Code, for the preceding tax 37 year.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 15917 Amends existing law pertaining to Fire Protection Districts to clean up various code sections and subsections by renumbering those code sections or subsections and making other technical corrections. These corrections are necessary because of multiple amendments being made to these code sections prior to the 2006 legislative session. FISCAL NOTE There is no fiscal impact. Contact Name: Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd Phone: (208)332-1000 Name: Russ Westerberg Phone: (208)336-0305 Name: Gary Gould Phone: (208)890-1337 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 674