November 2018 Election Recap

Below is a summary of the candidates and initiatives that BRR endorsed in this week’s election. It’s important to know that our endorsements aren’t about placing bets whomever or whatever is most likely to succeed; but rather, we support people and ideas that best reflect our ideals and interests as REALTORS®, as well as our desire to make the community a better place for everyone. Oftentimes this is a very difficult decision, as there are many great and qualified candidates running for office — which was certainly the case this year.

That said, here is the breakdown of our recent endorsements:

  1. Ada County Commissioner District 1: Endorsed Jim Tibbs LOST to Diana Lachiando
  2. Ada County Clerk – Endorsed Phil McGrane WON
  3. Ada County Assessor – Endorsed Robert McQuade WON
  4. Ada County Treasurer – Endorsed Elizabeth Mahn WON
  5. ACHD D3 – Endorsed Paul Woods LOST to Mary May
  6. Ada County Vehicle Registration Ballot Measure – Endorsed a YES vote but measure FAILED (more on this below)
  7. College of Western Idaho Plant Facilities Reserve Fund Levy – Endorsed a YES vote measure need 55% approval blended result in Ada and Canyon. The vote hasn’t been certified yet, but it appears to have FAILED by less than 1/10th of a percentages point with a combined approval of 54.94%.
  8. Gem County Assessor – Endorsed Hollie Ann Strang WON
  9. Gem County Clerk – Endorsed Shelly Tilton WON
  10. Gem County Treasurer – Endorsed Megan Keene WON

As for the Ada County Vehicle Registration Ballot Measure, BRR endorsed this as part of a coalition of elected officials, builders, developers, and other business and community leaders, and we were able to utilize REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) funds and a grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to support it. Because it was unsuccessful, we wanted to share our analysis on it, both why we supported it and why it likely failed.

BRR endorsed this user-based fee because we felt it was the fairest way to address road congestion rather than the all too commonly used increase in property taxes — and to add more bike lanes and improve the safety of children’s routes to school.

Unfortunately, the majority of Ada County voters did not agree. There are many reasons this ballot measure failed. Here are a few:

  1. False information promoted by anti-growth groups and local media. An example of this, many voters believed ACHD chose to increase registration fees on regular motorists instead of commercial, simply because they didn’t want to ask heavy vehicles to pay their share of road usage. The truth is that ACHD does not have the legal authority to do this, only the state legislature can determine whether to increase fees on heavy vehicles (those weighing 8,000 lbs. or more.)
  2. Some voters voiced their desire for “someone else” to pay for more transportation funding, especially developers and new families moving to the area, by raising impact fees or property taxes; however, this would only put more pressure on housing and home prices, exacerbating the concerns over affordability.
  3. Other voters seemed to think these vehicle registration fees were already increasing each year, and that our fees were already too high. They have not gone up since 2008, and we would have continued to have some of the lowest registration fees in the western United States, even if the increase was approved.
  4. Many believed a vote against this ballot measure would improve the chances of getting public transit. This is simply not the case, and ignoring the immediate need for improved funding of our roads and infrastructure only distances community transit from becoming a reality.

Ultimately, supporting this campaign was the right thing to do. We tried to find a fair and balanced solution, through a simple user-based fee. The coalition we worked with on this initiative allowed us to make new friends and demonstrated that REALTORS® have powerful resources and are willing to invest into their community. Looking beyond this issue, we sincerely congratulate every candidate on hard-fought races and wins, whether or not they received our endorsement. We look forward to continuing to build upon existing relationships and forge new ones as we work together to address the opportunities and issues in our community.

Lastly, thank you to the members of BRR’s Public Policy Committee, Board of Directors, and everyone who invested in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) for supporting these advocacy efforts. If you have further questions about the elections, our endorsements, or to learn more about RPAC please don’t hesitate to contact me at soren@boirealtors.com.

 

REALTORS® in Canyon and Ada County Endorse CWI Levy

On November 6th, the College of Western Idaho will be asking voters in Canyon and Ada counties to support a $39 million plant facilities levy to add a health and science building to the Nampa campus. All three REALTOR® associations in Ada and Canyon counties, including Boise Regional REALTORS®, Caldwell Board of REALTORS®, and Nampa Association of REALTORS®, are united in support of the levy.

“CWI adds incredible value to our community as an affordable option for higher education,” noted Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate. “We fully support the efforts of the college to expand their healthcare education and training programs.”

Chris Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of the Nampa Association of REALTORS® and co-owner of EnVision Real Estate School and Consulting, Inc., added that “the Nampa campus has been a boon to our growing workforce. CWI has proven itself to be a wise and prudent investment for our community.”

“We’re thrilled to see the continued success and growth of CWI,” said Arvid Salisbury, President of the Caldwell Board of REALTORS® and Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty. Salisbury went on to say, “This new health and science building will be a fantastic and much-needed addition to our local college.”

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. For more information on voting, please visit idahovotes.gov. For information requests regarding these endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, Boise Regional REALTORS® Director of Government Affairs, at soren@boirealtors.com; Chris Mooney, Chief Executive of the Nampa Association of REALTORS®, at cmooney@nampaboard.com; or Jill Stone, Chief Executive of the Caldwell Board of REALTORS®, at jillstone99@gmail.com.

BRR November 2018 Voter Guide

We’re only two weeks away from election day and want to share our voter guide of REALTOR® Champions and issues! REALTORS® are leaders in the community so it’s important that BRR members vote to make our voices heard. The Public Policy Committee at Boise Regional REALTORS® thoughtfully interviewed and vetted candidates and local ballot measures to receive our association’s endorsement. Learn about the candidates and issues and then vote in the general election on Tuesday, November 6.

BRR has endorsed the following Ada County candidates and ballot measures:

Ada County Commissioner, District 1 — Jim Tibbs

Ada County Clerk — Phil McGrane

Ada County Assessor — Robert McQuade

Ada County Treasurer — Elizabeth Mahn

ACHD District 3 – Paul Woods

Ada County Vehicle Registration Ballot Measure – YES

College of Western Idaho Plant Facilities Reserve Fund Levy – YES

Ada County Endorsements

 

BRR has endorsed the following Gem County candidates:

Gem County Assessor — Hollie Ann Strang

Gem County Clerk — Shelly Tilton

Gem County Treasurer — Megan Keene

Gem County Endorsements

 

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Absentee ballots can be requested up until 10/26 and early voting is now open. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.govadacounty.id.gov/elections for Ada County, or gemcounty.org/elections for Gem County.

 

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BRR’s Public Policy Committee extends interview invitations to all candidates running for office in Ada and Gem County, and the municipalities and agencies within each county. Candidates interested in being interviewed share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, provides a list of recommended endorsements which are reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors. For information regarding these local endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

Information about statewide races is available on the Idaho REALTORS® website at idahorealtors.com/your-voice-counts-important-voting-resources, or through the Idaho REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Max Pond. He can be reached at 208-342-3585 or mpond@idahorealtors.com.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Help Open New Foothills Trail

Trailhead-25Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is having another tremendous year of successfully being awarded REALTOR® Party grants, which help us advocate important issues and strengthen our community relationships. Most recently, we completed a partnership with The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, in conjunction with Cartwright Ranch, the Hidden Springs Community, and several private landowners. With the use of various public trail agreements, Boise Regional REALTORS® were able to provide trail markers, a trailhead sign, and map, along with hardworking volunteers who helped create a safe path for our entire community to enjoy. On September 21, 2018, we were able to officially open the Cartwright Trailhead with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As part of our REALTOR® Party advocacy and community engagement efforts, the trailhead sign and markers were paid for by a National Association of REALTORS® Placemaking Grant, secured by Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) as well as BRR presidential gift money. BRR’s direct contribution was dedicated to our Immediate Past President Katrina Wehr, an avid mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cartwright Trail, it offers beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains. It’s also significant because it is becoming a vital connection to various different open spaces in the western foothills. BRR encourages association members and the public to explore and enjoy this new trail in the foothills.

“Our members are real estate professionals in the community who understand the value and support the creation and maintenance of trails and open space,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 Boise Regional REALTORS® President and senior sales consultant for Equity Northwest Real Estate. “Bringing to life a new segment of trail was a natural fit for us and we look forward to enjoying it for years to come.”

PHOTO GALLERY

Read the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley’s blog post here – lttv.org/news/2018/9/25/a-new-trail-takes-shape-in-the-western-foothills.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Endorse ACHD Candidate Paul Woods for District 3

After thorough consideration of candidate interviews and questionnaire responses, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the endorsement of ACHD Candidate Paul Woods for the District 3 Commissioner’s seat.

“The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) has a unique responsibility of keeping our transportation infrastructure safe and efficient. Commissioner Woods has done an exemplary job in his role over the last four years of his term. We give Commissioner Woods our full support and endorsement in his campaign to remain an effective leader in Ada County,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.gov or adacounty.id.gov/elections. For information requests regarding these endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

This report was released to the press on 9/14/18.

REALTORS® Endorse ACHD Initiative to Better Fund Transportation

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the endorsement and support of Ada County Highway District’s (ACHD) upcoming ballot measure, which aims to improve funding for local transportation through increases in vehicle registration fees.

“Keeping up with growth in our region requires smart investments into our community’s infrastructure,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate. “Fees applied to road users are a fair approach to help meet our current transportation needs. As the fastest-growing area in the nation, we need to be proactive in our investment strategies. This increase in transportation funding is long overdue and a step in the right direction toward sustainability, congestion relief, and improved safety.”

This voting measure will appear on ballots on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. For information on the measure, please visit a community coalition website at citizens4bettertransportation.com. For information requests regarding this endorsement, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

BRR Endorses Gem County Candidates

After thoughtful consideration of candidate interviews and questionnaire responses, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements for the upcoming Primary Election in Gem County.

Gem County Assessor — Hollie Ann Strang

Gem County Clerk — Shelly Tilton

Gem County Treasurer — Megan Keene

Boise Regional REALTORS® recently expanded association benefits such as issue and political advocacy to REALTORS® in Gem County.

“Each year, we endorse and support qualified candidates who understand the housing industry and recognize the importance of investing in our communities,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.gov or gemcounty.org/elections. Visit BRR’s website to see BRR’s Ada County endorsements. For information regarding these local endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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BRR’s Public Policy Committee extends invitations to all candidates running for office in Ada and Gem County, and the municipalities and agencies within each county. Candidates interested in being interviewed share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, provides a list of recommended endorsements which are reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors.

Information about statewide races is available on the Idaho REALTORS® website at idahorealtors.com/your-voice-counts-important-voting-resources, or through the Idaho REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Max Pond. He can be reached at 208-342-3585 or mpond@idahorealtors.com.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing more than 4,500 real estate professionals throughout the Boise Region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

BRR Endorses Ada County Candidates

After thoughtful consideration of candidate interviews and questionnaire responses, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements for the upcoming Ada County Primary Election.

Ada County Commissioner, District 1 —  Jim Tibbs

Ada County Commissioner, District 3 — Dave Case

Ada County Clerk — Phil McGrane

Ada County Assessor — Robert McQuade

Ada County Treasurer — Elizabeth Mahn

“Each year we take pride in identifying qualified candidates to support throughout the election cycle. Often times it is a difficult decision, but ultimately, we select those who understand the housing industry and the importance of investing in our communities,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.gov or adacounty.id.gov/elections. For information regarding these local endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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BRR’s Public Policy Committee extends invitations to all candidates running for office in Ada and Gem County, and the municipalities and agencies within each county. Candidates interested in being interviewed share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, provides a list of recommended endorsements which are reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors.

Information about statewide races is available on the Idaho REALTORS® website at idahorealtors.com/your-voice-counts-important-voting-resources, or through the Idaho REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Max Pond. He can be reached at 208-342-3585 or mpond@idahorealtors.com.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing more than 4,500 real estate professionals throughout the Boise Region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

Q1 2018 Advocacy Update

BRR friends,

We’ve had a great start to the year with our local advocacy efforts, and we’d like to share some highlights with you!

BRR Supports Local Schools graphicIn an effort to address the needs of our rapidly growing community, we endorsed and supported the proposed local school bonds in West Ada School District and Emmett Independent School District. We helped campaign on behalf of these districts by utilizing funds from our Corporate Ally Program, as well as NAR’s Issues Mobilization grant money that we were awarded.

Thanks to BRR’s campaign efforts, the West Ada School District bond received the two-thirds majority of “Yes” votes needed and narrowly passed! This means the district can build new schools and expand existing schools, addressing the needs of families moving into the area.

Due to a recent merger between BRR and the Emmett Valley Association of REALTORS®, Gem County is now part of our local advocacy jurisdiction. Emmett was unsuccessful in passing their bond, but our efforts didn’t go unnoticed or without positive impact. Supporting and campaigning on behalf of the Emmett Independent School District bond allowed us to make new friends and prove our commitment to the growth of their community.

We’ve also hosted successful fundraising events for our REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC), raising over $80,000 so far this year. These events are incredibly important for our national, state, and local advocacy efforts. Case in point, BRR’s Public Policy Committee is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for countywide elected official positions in Ada and Gem counties, in order to identify and endorse REALTOR® Champions who will receive RPAC support in their campaigns. REALTOR® Champions are those who are committed to key issues that are impacting the housing industry and our fast-growing community.RPAC VIP Reception March 2018

Two recent recipients of BRR’s endorsement and RPAC dollars, Boise City Council members TJ Thomson and Holly Woodings, joined us for our RPAC VIP Reception last month. It was great opportunity to learn about issues the city is working on, and for those elected officials to hear about our industry directly from REALTORS®.

February 59 Minute Meeting Recap SliderLet’s not forget the quarterly “59 Minute Meeting” forum series, an exclusive event for our members where we get to hear from and discuss various topics of public policy interest with our guest speakers. In February, we hosted Cameron Arial, Director of Meridian Community Development; Clark Krause, Executive Director of Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP); and Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director Idaho Department of Commerce, in an incredible discussion on economic growth in our region. This last 59 Minute Meeting was our most highly attended to date, with over 100 attendees! Keep the morning of May 1st open for our next 59 Minute Meeting!

One more thing! Our talented Director of Communications, Cassie Zimmerman, helped us create a fantastic infographic that highlights the tremendous success we experienced last year with our REALTOR® Party community grants. Check it out HERE and feel free to share it with your friends, family, and clients! There has never been a better time to be a member of the Boise Regional REALTORS®!

REALTORS Help Home Buyers, Sellers and Their Communities

These are just a few of the things we’ve been working on over the last few months. We’ve got a lot more coming in the months ahead, that we can’t wait to share with you. If you haven’t already, register your team or sponsor a hole for BRR YPN’s Pub ‘N’ Putt on April 14th, benefitting RPAC, and join us for a fun day of mini golf!

We’ll be sharing live updates from NAR’s annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo as we learn about upcoming initiatives and policies, so let us know if you have questions or are interested in learning more.

The goal of our advocacy efforts is always to benefit your business and our community, and we appreciate your support in that. If you have any questions or need assistance, let us know!

Soren & Cameron

BRR Supports Emmett and West Ada School Bonds and Levies

BRR Supports Local Schools graphicBoise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) has endorsed the Emmett Independent School District’s $20.4 million bond measure, as well as West Ada School District’s $95 million bond and two-year supplemental levy of $14 million.

“REALTORS® don’t just help you buy and sell your home — we actively work to build strong neighborhoods and cities, and an integral part of that is supporting our children’s educational needs as our communities grow,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate. “We have a history of supporting our local school initiatives and we’re proud to stand with families and other local leaders in support of properly funding schools.”

Salisbury added: “The Boise Regional REALTORS® enthusiastically endorse the Emmett Independent and West Ada School Districts in their upcoming bond and levy initiatives and encourage our members and the public to vote ‘Yes’ on March 13th.”

“The Emmett Independent School District bond would fund necessary remodels and repairs to a number of our schools without raising taxes,” added John Evans, BRR Director and associate broker/co-owner of Evans Realty, LLC. “Our community provided valuable input for this bond proposal and is invested in our kids’ education. We feel like this is a win-win, and hope that the bond will pass without difficulty.”

“My kids attend West Ada schools, as do the kids of many of my clients,” said Carey Farmer, Past President of BRR and associate broker with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty. “With four of five West Ada high schools currently at or above capacity, we must pass this bond to continue providing quality educational opportunities and accommodate future growth.”

Additional information on these bond and levy initiatives can be found by visiting www.emmettschools.org/domain/536 and www.westada.org/Page/52751.

Questions or comments may be directed to Soren Dorius, Director of Government Affairs for Boise Regional REALTORS®, at soren@boirealtors.com or 208-947-7237.

 

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), a 501(c)6 trade association, represents more than 4,400 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation. Visit boirealtors.com, intermountainmls.com, and brrfoundation.org for more information.