Chapter 9

Municipal Elections

1-9-1: Conduct Of Municipal Elections


All Municipal elections shall be conducted pursuant to Idaho Code title 34, chapter 14, except as modified by the specific provisions of Idaho Code title 50, chapter 4. State Code shall control if any requirement or provision of this chapter conflicts with, or is preempted by, Idaho Code. (Ord. 32-19, 7-16-2019)

1-9-2: Qualifications For Citywide Office


A. Qualified Elector: Every candidate for Citywide office shall be a qualified elector of the City.


B. Mayor: Every candidate for the Office of Mayor shall have the qualifications required by Idaho Code section 50-601.


C. City Council: Every candidate for a City Council seat shall have the qualifications required by Idaho Code section 50-702. (Ord. 32-19, 7-16-2019)

1-9-3: Mayor


A. Elected By Majority: The Mayor of the City shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast for any candidate running for the Office of Mayor.


B. Runoff Election: In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a runoff election between the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast.


C. Conduct Of Runoff Election: If necessary, the runoff election shall be conducted pursuant to Idaho Code section 50-612. (Ord. 32-19, 7-16-2019)

1-9-4: City Council


A. Membership: The City shall have a City Council composed of six (6) members.


B. Election By Designated Seats: The election of City Council members shall be by designated seats, pursuant to Idaho Code section 50-707, as numbered by the City Clerk.


C. Term: Election to a City Council seat shall be for a term of four (4) years.


D. Number Of Seats During Biennial Election: During the biennial general Municipal elections, three (3) of the six (6) City Council seats shall be up for election.


E. Filing For Designated Seat: Candidates for City Council seats shall file for a designated seat, in the manner prescribed by Idaho Code.


F. Elected By Plurality Of Votes: A candidate running for a designated City Council seat shall be elected by a plurality (the greatest number) of the votes cast. (Ord. 32-19, 7-16-2019)

1-9-5: Special City Question Elections


A. Legal Authority: Idaho Code sections 50-301, 50-302, and 50-405 authorize the City to place special City elections on the ballot.


B. Purpose: The purpose of a Special City Question Election is to provide an opportunity for greater public involvement in the City's decision-making process by allowing qualified voters to provide input and guidance to the Mayor and City Council on issues of City-wide concern or as otherwise authorized by law.


C. Scope: This section sets forth the standards and procedures applicable to Special City Question Elections.


D. Definitions:

CAPITAL PROJECT: Means a City-funded project that helps create or substantially improve a City asset, including but not limited to, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or replacement of a City facility.

ELIGIBLE CAPITAL PROJECT: Means any individual capital project where the City is reasonably expected to expend twenty five million dollars ($25,000,000.00) or more in City general funds.

GENERAL FUND: Means general, unrestricted revenues of the City or revenues that are not restricted to any specific purpose, including taxes.

SPECIAL CITY QUESTION: Means a question asking for voter input and guidance concerning an eligible capital project or as otherwise authorized by law.


E. Public Hearing Required: A public hearing shall be held on an eligible capital project to determine if a special City question should be placed on the ballot.


F. Notice: Notice for the hearing must be published in the City's newspaper of record a minimum of seven (7) calendar days prior to the hearing. The notice shall provide a description of the eligible capital project and its estimated cost, and shall be posted for the public's review in the Office of the City Clerk and on the City's website.


G. Resolution Adopting Special City Question: At the end of the public hearing, the City Council may adopt by resolution a determination that the eligible capital project should be placed on the ballot. (Ord. 32-19, 7-16-2019)