Kootenai County Democrat’s Resolutions

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF 2018 MEDICAID EXPANSION
BALLOT INITIATIVE

Whereas the health and well-being of Idahoans is paramount and non-
partisan;

Whereas 62,000 tax-paying, working Idahoans and Idaho veterans do not have access to Medicaid benefits or other healthcare coverage;

Whereas Kootenai County spent $800,000 in 2016 and $600,000 in 2017 of its citizens’ property taxes to pay for indigent care services for uninsured residents at the Medicaid billing rate;

Whereas expanding Medicaid coverage would create 14,000 jobs and $46
million in revenue for the State of Idaho;

Whereas 11.2% of Idahoans do not have healthcare coverage and thousands die each year from lack of preventative care;

Whereas a majority of Idaho citizens support expanding Medicaid coverage by accepting our tax dollars back from the federal government; and

Whereas the Idaho Legislature has failed to act in the best interest of its
citizens and express the will of the majority by passing legislation to expand Medicaid coverage to working Idahoans; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee
1. supports the 2018 Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative; and
2. advocates for the election of its candidates to replace current legislators who have not represented Kootenai County residents by passing legislation to expand Medicaid coverage to working Idahoans.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SALARY INCREASES FOR EDUCATORS

Whereas school districts in Kootenai County compete for qualified educators in the same labor market as Spokane County, Washington area schools; and

Whereas Idaho educators’ salaries rank 50 th in the nation and average 12% less than the national average; and

Whereas State of Washington educators’ salaries ranked 16th in the nation in 2017 and Spokane County area educators’ salaries will increase by an average of 13% to 16% in 2018; and

Whereas Idaho educators pay state income tax and State of Washington educators do not pay state income tax; and

Whereas Article IX, Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution states: “the stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools”; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee:
1. Demands that the Idaho Legislature and Governor honor their duty to the Kootenai County’s children and fully fund the Idaho education system as required by the Idaho Constitution; and
2. Supports increasing funding to bring the average Idaho educator salary equal to the national average in order to attract and retain qualified educators; and
3. Encourages Kootenai County voters to elect legislative candidates that will commit to supporting education funding increases and expanding education revenue sources.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF RESPONSIBLE SCHOOL BUILDING PLANNING AND FUNDING

Whereas Idaho’s education system ranks 48th in the nation and earned an F grade in over all education spending, and is 50th in per student expenditures; and

Whereas Idaho Code Section 33-317 requires 66 and 2/3% of voters to approve Idaho school bonds, and 43% of Idaho school bonds failed to receive 66 and 2/3% voter approval between 2002 and 2105; and

Whereas lowering the voter approval threshold to 60% would increase the school bond passage rate from 57% to 75% based on data from 2002 through 2015; and

Whereas Section 7 of the Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan (2010) encourages support for public school sites but does not require active, responsible planning for future school buildings; and

Whereas local school districts struggle to locate and afford adequate, accessible property to build public schools; and

Whereas Idaho Code Section 33-5208 allows the State of Idaho Department of Education to fund 30% or more of the facility costs for public charter schools, but does not fund any portion of the facility costs for traditional public schools; and

Whereas local school districts rely exclusively on local property taxes and school bonds to fund school facility and building projects; and

Whereas the student population of the Post Falls School District increased by 137 students in 2018 and the Post Falls School District will run a bond for a facilities and supplemental levy; and

Whereas the student population of the Coeur d’Alene School District increased by 85 students in 2018 and the Coeur d’Alene School District approved an emergency levy; and

Whereas the student population of the Lakeland Joint School District increased by 137 students in 2018 and the Lakeland Joint School District approved emergency levy will increase property taxes; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee:

1. Supports increasing overall funding for public schools; and
2. Supports legislative candidates who will work to amend Idaho Code Section 33-317 to require 60% voter approval of school bonds; and
3. Supports legislative candidates who will pass legislation requiring the State of Idaho Department of Education to fund 30% of the facility and building costs of Idaho’s public schools; and
4. Demands that local city councils and the Kootenai County Commissioners work to design and implement a system of development impact fees, transfer of development rights, and land dedication to ensure adequate, accessible, and affordable land is available for public schools.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF REPEALING KOOTENAI COUNTY ORDINANCE 522 (BUILDING CODE OPT-OUT PROVISION)

Whereas the construction codes adopted by the State of Idaho are intended to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare of Kootenai County citizens who occupy new and existing structures;

Whereas Kootenai County’s population is growing at a rate of 2.93% and the construction, real estate, finance, and development industries benefit economically from compliance with construction codes adopted by the State of Idaho;

Whereas property values, insurance rates and financing opportunities for Kootenai County residents are negatively affected by improperly constructed building structures; and

Whereas the businesses and citizens of Kootenai County overwhelmingly voiced opposition to ordinance Options 1, 2 and 4 as presented by the Kootenai County Commissioners at a public meeting March 19, 2018; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee

1. supports the repeal of Ordinance 522 as adopted by the Kootenai County Commissioners on March 19, 2018; and

2. advocates for the adoption of Option 3 (adoption of the updated construction codes as amended by the State of Idaho) as presented by the Kootenai County Commissioners at a public hearing on March 19, 2018.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF INCREASED ACCESS TO SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Whereas suicide was the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15-34 in 2016 and Idaho had the 8th highest suicide rate in the United States in 2016;

Whereas Kootenai County suffered the loss of 22 individuals to suicide in the first seven months of 2017 and loss of life to suicide continues to be of great concern to the residents of Kootenai County;

Whereas the victims of 22.8% of suicides between 2010 and 2014 were members or former members of the armed services and in 2015 the suicide rate for veterans remained 2.1 times as high as for the non-veteran population; and

Whereas the national suicide rate has increased by 30% since 1999 and an average of 1 person committed suicide every 12 minutes between 2012 and 2016; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee

1. supports increased allocation of tax revenue to fund local mental health services and suicide prevention training for school district and criminal justice system employees in the use of the Trauma Informed Care Model;
2. encourages the distribution of suicide prevention hotline materials in local schools and public services offices;
3. advocates for offering consistent, on-going suicide prevention training for school counselors; and
4. encourages the development and funding of suicide prevention programs for local veteran’s outreach programs.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF HAYDEN 2018 OVERRIDE LEVY

Whereas the City of Hayden has underfunded road maintenance needs and needs $980,00 each year to maintain good road conditions for its population of 14,693 citizens;

 

Whereas continuing to defer the City of Hayden’s road maintenance will increase maintenance costs by $19 million over the next 20 years;

 

Whereas the average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is 71 and the City of Hayden’s PCI is projected to fall to 55 over the next 20 years if the current road maintenance funding levels are maintained;

 

Whereas the City of Hayden dedicates less than .3 of a law enforcement officer per 1000 citizens, less than the Idaho average of 1.7 law enforcement officers per 1000 citizens;

 

Whereas the City of Hayden needs $653,000 to attain 24 hours per day, 7 days per week law enforcement services;

 

Whereas an override levy will fund road maintenance and law enforcement protection and increase each $1,000 of taxable property value by only $1.27; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee

 

Advocates for the safety and security of the citizens of the City of Hayden through the passage of the City of Hayden Override Levy to fund an additional $1,633,000 for road maintenance and law enforcement needs.

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PROTECTION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

 

Whereas the 2018 Idaho Democratic Party Platform and the Kootenai County Democrats support the full text of the Second Amendment;

 

Whereas the firearm-related age-adjusted mortality rate increased nearly 42% in Idaho between 2000 and 2016;

 

Whereas 55% of assaults in 2016 in Idaho involved firearms and each day 514 domestic violence victims in Idaho seek safety and services from community based domestic violence programs;

 

Whereas Idaho Legislature rejected House Bill 585 by a vote of 31-39 which would have amended Idaho Code 18-3316 to reflect federal law and prohibit those convicted of domestic violence from possessing a firearm for two years; now therefore be it

 

Resolved, that the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee

 

Supports the re-introduction and passage of HB 585 to protect domestic violence victims.