COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
CONSOLIDATION OF OFFICES AMONG COUNTIES
31-5702. Petition or resolution for consolidation to be filed in each participating county — Question to be submitted — All counties must approve — Transition. (1) Upon a resolution or petition meeting the signature requirements of section 31-5004(1)(b), Idaho Code, filed with the governing body of each participating county, the governing body of each participating county shall submit to its electors at the same general election the question of whether the duties and responsibilities of one (1) or more county offices shall be consolidated between two (2) or more counties as proposed in the resolution or petition with all other characteristics of the county government of each participating county to continue unchanged. The petition or resolution submitted to the electors of each county shall meet the requirements of section 31-5004, Idaho Code, and shall contain the same proposals with respect to the office or offices to be consolidated. The consolidation shall be approved upon a majority vote of the electors in each county, voting separately. If the consolidation is not approved in all participating counties, the measure shall be deemed to have failed in all participating counties.
(2) The petition or resolution for consolidation filed in each of the participating counties shall provide, with respect to each office proposed to be consolidated, as follows:
(a) For the election of one (1) officer to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office on behalf of all the participating counties for a term not to exceed four (4) years, citing the effect of the consolidation upon any incumbents in office in the participating counties as authorized in section 31-5007, Idaho Code. Any residency requirements of the office shall be waived in the event of a consolidation under the provisions of this chapter; or
(b) For the appointment of one (1) or more parties, or for the execution of one (1) or more contracts with one (1) or more service providers to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office being consolidated on behalf of all of the participating counties. The resolution or petition filed in each participating county shall indicate by whom and the manner in which any appointee is to be appointed and by whom and the manner in which any service provider is to be selected. Any person proposed for appointment and any contract with a service provider must be approved by the governing body of each participating county.
(3) The petition or resolution submitted to the electors shall provide for the orderly transition to the proposed consolidation of offices.
[31-5702, added 1996, ch. 283, sec. 8, p. 945.]