Filing the Declaration of Candidacy Begins August 28th….
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, will be the Taxing Districts Elections this year. The Declaration of Candidacy are now open for persons deciding to be an integral part of the community. These Districts include Cemetery, Fire Protection, Cities and Recreation Districts. A taxing district position is a four-year term. Vacancies in the districts are listed below with the addresses to which the application can be mailed or turned in.
Garden Valley Districts/Crouch: The City of Crouch has city council seats being vacated by Mayor, two Council members – (342Village Circle, GV, 83622). The Garden Valley Recreation District has three seats open in sub-districts 1, 4 and 5 – (116 Brush Creek Rd., GV, 83622). The Fire Protection District has 1 commissioner seat for sub-district 3 – 373 S. Middlefork Rd, GV, 83622.
Horseshoe Bend: City of Horseshoe Bend has Mayor and two council seats open – (112 Ada St., HSB, 83629). The Horseshoe Bend Fire Protection District has two commissioner seats open in sub-districts 1 and 2 – (50 Hill Rd, HSB, 83629). There is the Pioneer Cemetery District that will have two vacancies on their Board – (108 Foss St., HSB, 83629).
Placerville: The Placerville Fire Protection District has two vacancies to fill for commissioner seats in sub-districts 1 and 2 and the City of Placerville has two council seats opening. These applications go to 100 Granite St, Placerville, 83666.
Idaho City: The Idaho City Council Mayor and 2 city council seats will open – 511 Main St., IC, 83631. The IC Fire Protection District has 3 commissioner seats in sub-districts 1, 2 and 3 – 3861 Hwy 21, IC 83631.
Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District has one commissioner seat vacancy in sub-district 1 – 7 Wilderness Ranch Way, WR, 83716
There are filing deadlines established to follow. Declarations and Petitions of Candidacy must be submitted to the Clerk or Secretary of the District no later than 5 pm on the 9th Friday before the Election which is September 8, 2017 this year.
Declarations of Intent for Write-In candidates must be submitted to the Clerk or Secretary of the District no later than 5 pm on the 45th day before the Election, which is on September 23, 2017.
There are some simple instructions to follow in filling out the application correctly.
If there are candidates for Mayor or city council, they must indicate the office for which they are running, the term of the office, and confirming that they are qualified to hold office. This means a candidate must be 18 years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen. The candidate must have their primary residence in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration. This address must match their voter registration address as well. Candidates for all district positions must be qualified electors residing in the appropriate zone/district for which they are running.
Declaration of Candidacy must accompany one of the following: A Petition of Candidacy signed by at least five qualified city electors with an attached certification from the county clerk verifying the number of valid signatures, OR a non-refundable filing fee of $40.00. Sarita Loya, Boise County Deputy Clerk of Elections, verified doing the petition or the fee and added, “If they are doing the petition-make sure that at least 10 people sign [the petition]. A lot of people either put the wrong address or put their mailing address and not their physical, thus voiding their signature.” One note is that it is not required that the persons gathering petition signatures be qualified city electors, but they must be a resident of Idaho.
The Declarations of Candidacy application and each page of the candidate’s petition must be notarized by a Notary Public duly recognized by the State of Idaho. For additional information, go to the county website at http://www.boisecounty.us/Elections.aspx and check out the link to 2017 Taxing District Election Seats. Forms for filing Declaration of Candidacy are at https://sos.idaho.gov/elect/Clerk/forms.htm.