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Apr 18

Q&A sessions on the BJA’s Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM by Mindy Linn

If you have questions, contact Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice associate at or 202.942.4279.




Q&A sessions on the BJA’s Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative


April 29 and May 6

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced it is seeking applications for its Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI) grant. This Initiative will give selected jurisdictions an opportunity to reform their pretrial justice systems based on analysis-driven, evidence-based policies and practices with financial and technical assistance from BJA. Applications are due May 27, 2014. Click here to learn more about the grant awards.


To aid counties in applying, BJA and the Pretrial Justice Institute, in partnership with NACo, will host two Q&A sessions to answer questions about the application process and the project.



Register below for one of the Q&A sessions:


Tue, Apr 29, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Tue, May 6, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Mar 27

Delays in SRS Payments Continue

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Seth Grigg

Counties, schools and highway districts depending on annual Secure Rural Schools payments can expect to wait at least into April before 2013 payments arrive from the federal government. Payments typically arrive between December and February. Delays are due in part to the timing of the reauthorization and because of the federal government shutdown. SRS funding expired on September 30, 2013. It was not until after the expiration that the act funding the payment program was reauthorized by Congress for one more year. Because reauthorization did not occur until after funding had expired, the USFS was unable to begin processing the payments. Unfortunately, not long after the one year extension was granted, the federal government was shut down. The federal shutdown delayed payment processing yet again. Currently, payments are expected to be processed by early April. Once payments are processed by the federal government, Idaho's payment will be transmitted to the state treasurer. The state treasurer will then transfer payments to each county. Eligible counties will then transfer payments to eligible highway and school districts sometime thereafter.
Mar 21

2014 IAC Priority Legislation Wrap Up

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Seth Grigg

The Legislature adjourned sine die late yesterday after just 74 days in session, making the 2014 session the second shortest session in Idaho history. The session was a good one for counties. IAC began the year with six legislative priorities: amend Idaho’s business personal property tax law to improve administration (H0441), allow tax notices to be sent out electronically (S1236), clarify the timeline for the redemption of tax deeded property (S1237),  repeal the requirement that the county clerk make an annual statement of financial condition to the board of county commissioners (S1238), increase the minimum estate amount for the treasurer to provide notice to creditors (S1239), and clarify that all rights-of-way abandonment procedures follow the process established in Section 40-203, Idaho Code (S1283). All six of these priorities were adopted by the legislature, five have been signed by the Governor with the final bill expected to be signed by the Governor in the coming days. The session’s only disappointment came late as IAC staff attempted to introduce a seventh piece of legislation to improve the indigent application process. Legislation was printed (H0590); however, no hearing was scheduled.