Optional Forms of Government Study Commission
The Optional Forms of Government Study Commission is a commission created by the Board of County Commissioners, pursuant to authority granted in Chapter 31, Title 51 of Idaho Code.
The purpose of the commission is "to review the government of the county and recommend which, if any, optional form of county government should be proposed to the electors" of the county (I.C. §51-5003(4)). In compliance with section 12, article XVIII of the Idaho Constitution, the laws under Title 31 (chapters 50 through 59) allow for any of the following optional forms of county government (in addition to the original three-member Board of Commissioners):
(a) The commission-executive, as authorized in in chapter 52, title 31, Idaho Code;
(b) The commission-manager, as authorized in chapter 53, title 31, Idaho Code;
(c) The three-member board of county commissioners with changes in other county offices, as authorized in chapter 54, title 31, Idaho Code;
(d) The five-member board of county commissioners, as authorized in chapter 55, title 31, Idaho Code;
(e) The seven-member board of county commissioners, as authorized in chapter 56, title 31, Idaho Code;
(f) Consolidation of offices among counties, with all other characteristics of the government of each participating county to remain unchanged, as authorized in chapter 57, title 31, Idaho Code.
Members of the commission must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must have resided in Kootenai County at least one (1) year prior to their appointment. (Elected officials currently serving the county are not eligible to serve.)
The commission, within one (1) year after its first meeting, must submit its final report to the Board of Commissioners for consideration.
Study Commission Appointment Information
On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided that each individual member of the Board will be responsible for appointing 3 members to the Optional Forms of Government Study Commission (as well as one alternate each). Final appointments are expected to be completed at the Commissioners' Status Update meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021. The meeting may be watched on the county YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/KootenaiCountyIdaho).
Study Commission Agendas and Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes will be available following approval.