HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES
HIGHWAY RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
40-2004. Relocation expense — Compensation options — Limit of compensation for business or farm relocations. (1) As a part of the cost of any public program or project, any agency using any funds for public purposes shall compensate a displaced person for his actual and reasonable expense in moving himself, family, business or farm operation, including moving personal property, and for any actual direct losses of tangible personal property as the result of moving or discontinuing a business or farm operation, but not to exceed an amount equal to the reasonable expenses that would have been required to relocate the property, as determined by the agency, and for actual reasonable expenses in searching for a replacement business or farm. However, the compensation authorized by this section for actual and reasonable moving expenses, actual direct losses of tangible personal property, and expenses in searching for a replacement farm or business shall be limited to relocating a displaced person, family, business or farm operation within a reasonable distance from the location previously occupied and from which the displaced person has been required to move.
(2) Any displaced person who moves from a dwelling who elects to accept the payments authorized by this subsection in lieu of the payments authorized by subsection (1) of this section shall receive a moving expense allowance, determined according to regulations and schedules established by the agency, not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300), and in addition a dislocation allowance of two hundred dollars ($200).
(3) Any displaced person who moves or discontinues his business or farm operation who elects to accept the payment authorized by this subsection in lieu of the payment authorized by subsection (1) of this section, shall receive a fixed relocation payment in an amount equal to the average annual net earnings of the business or farm operation, except that the payment shall not be less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). In the case of a business, no payment shall be made under this subsection unless the agency is satisfied that the business cannot be relocated without a substantial loss of patronage, and is not a part of a commercial enterprise having at least one (1) other establishment not being acquired which is engaged in the same or similar business. In addition to the other requirements of this chapter, to be eligible for the payment authorized by this subsection the business or farm operation must make its financial statements, accounting records, and state income tax returns available to the agency for audit for confidential use in determining the payment or payments authorized by this subsection. Such financial statements, accounting records and state income tax returns shall be subject to disclosure according to chapter 1, title 74, Idaho Code.
(4) If any agency determines that property, contiguous with property acquired, owned or occupied by an individual, family, business or farm operation, has been damaged as the result of a public program or project, it shall offer the individual, family, business or farm operation the same compensation as it might offer to a displaced person under subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section and under sections 40-2005 and 40-2007, Idaho Code.
[40-2004, added 1985, ch. 253, sec. 2, p. 690; am. 1990, ch. 213, sec. 51, p. 521; am. 2000, ch. 192, sec. 3, p. 474; am. 2015, ch. 141, sec. 104, p. 453.]