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The County Commissioners (BOCC, Board or simply Commissioners) is the governing body of Kootenai County. Consisting of three elected officials,
the Board serves as the taxing authority, the contracting body and the chief administrators of public funds. Among other duties, the Board enacts
laws, ensure compliance of laws and secures professional services for the county.
The Commissioners are constitutional officers whose authority encompasses all three traditional types of government powers: legislative,
executive and quasi-judicial. As the county's legislative authority, the Board has the power to enact ordinances, resolutions and proclamations.
Ordinances are laws enacted by a local legislative authority. They may govern matters not already covered by state or federal law or may
supplement (but cannot supersede) existing state or federal law. They are intended to affect the general public and are typically permanent in
nature. Ordinances enacted by the Board are effective only in the unincorporated area of Kootenai County unless specifically provided for in
state law. For example, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are required to obtain the appropriate County license(s) regardless of whether or
not they are located within a city.
A resolution is a formal expression of the opinion or will of an official body adopted by vote in a legislative action. Resolutions are less
formal than an ordinance, are administrative in nature, and typically concern internal government operations. Resolutions are usually considered
to be temporary in nature, but often have a long-term effect.
While both ordinances and resolutions are legally binding, proclamations are non-binding formal public declarations.
*There was a public meeting held to discuss the Kootenai County Facility Master Plan in October of 2012. Additional information may be found in the press release listed
here. To preview the plan please click here.