November 2017 Local Election Results

Election results are in! Of the 14 city council candidates BRR endorsed, 10 were successful in their respective races. Thanks to your RPAC investments, BRR’s endorsements went a long way in helping elect officials who value access to homeownership and private property rights.

BRR would like to recognize each of these candidates for the time, money, and energy spent on their well-run campaigns. This was a tough election year, and we were fortunate to have so many well-qualified candidates seeking the opportunity to serve our communities.

Below is a list of BRR’s endorsements with the candidates who won. For a more in-depth review of the election results, please see the Ada County Elections report.

Boise

Seat 4: TJ Thomson

Seat 6: Holli Woodings

Meridian

Seat 2: Joe Borton

Seat 4: Treg Bernt

Star

Seat 3: Michael Keyes

Seat 4: David Hershey

Eagle

Miranda Gold

Kuna

Richard Cardoza

Garden City

Elfreda Higgins and Jeff Souza

Once again, thank you to the BRR Public Policy Committee for carefully interviewing all of the candidates and identifying those who would best represent our REALTOR® industry and values.

For more information, please contact BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, Soren Dorius at 208.947.7237

CALL FOR ACTION: Tell Congress to Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle-Class Homeowners

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The National Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action for REALTORS® across the country to contact their member of Congress and request they Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle-Class Homeowners. Participating in the Call for Action is easy, and will only take you about 30 seconds.

We can’t let Congress turn tax reform into a tax increase for middle-class homeowners. Consider what effect the points below would have on your tax bill, the tax bill of your clients, and the impact on your business.

  • Homeowners already pay 83% of all federal income taxes. Homeowners should not have to pay more taxes so corporations can pay less.
  • Home-owning families with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 could face average tax hikes of $815 in the year after enactment.
  • Tax reforms under discussion could result in a drop of more than 10% in the value of all homes.
  • NAR rejects repealing or weakening tax incentives for homeowners, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local property tax deduction.
  • These incentives are critical for a strong housing market that creates jobs and builds stable communities.

We need tax reform, but not at the expense of middle-class homeowners. Let’s take this opportunity to show Congress the strength of our REALTOR® voice and advocacy efforts.

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Want to learn more? Check out the articles below for more detail.

 

CALL FOR ACTION: URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT H.R. 2874

Call For Action - Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

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The National Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action for every REALTOR® across the country to contact their member of Congress and request they reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that is set to expire on September 30, 2017.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to take action and urge Congress to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act.” Participating in this Call for Action is easy and will only take you about 30 seconds!

This is an important opportunity to show Congress the strength of our REALTOR® voice and advocacy efforts, as we unite and rally on key policy issues that impact our industry.

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NAR supports H.R. 2874 because it reauthorizes the NFIP and makes a number of critical improvements, including:

  • Reauthorizes NFIP for a full 5 years, avoiding the uncertainty of short term extensions and potential shutdowns
  • Caps NFIP rates at $10,000 per year for property owners
  • Directs FEMA to develop more granular rate tables, to ensure fewer properties are over charged by NFIP
  • Sets aside $1 billion for flood mitigation assistance grants
  • Increases access to private market flood insurance

Reauthorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country, so it is critical Congress acts now.

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Questions? Comments? Contact BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius.

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Thank You for Voting YES and Supporting Local Schools!

BRR School Success

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) endorsed Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School Districts in their respective bonds/levies, and each of these endorsed efforts passed.

The Boise School District sought BRR’s help early enough that we were able to secure a $25,000 Issues Mobilization Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). That grant, along with some of our local RPAC funds, allowed us to run an independent campaign in support of the Boise School District Bond.  This investment resulted in BRR being a part of a historic win for the school district, with 86% voting YES in favor of the bond.

This election offered a great example of how EVERY vote counts — Kuna’s School District Bond passed by only 11 votes! It’s possible that those YES votes were made by REALTORS®, affiliate members, or members of the public that were influenced by BRR’s endorsement. From inviting the Kuna School District Superintendent to speak at our “59 Minute Meeting,” to using our social media, blog, and website to help promote their bond and levy; every vote, and every act of support influenced this very close election result.

The passage of these Ada County school funding initiatives is a big win for everyone in the community, regardless of whether or not you have children in the school system.  Education is a huge component of our economy, as well as a key deciding factor for families when relocating to this area. Securing funding for our schools is an investment in our future.

Thank you, REALTOR® and affiliate members, for voting in support of our local schools. Special thanks to our RPAC investors, whose financial commitments allow us to engage in important local, state, and national issues, such as this.

BRR Advocacy Update | February 2017

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BRR Endorses Ada County School Bond/Levy Efforts

Three school districts within Ada County have bonds and/or levies they are putting before voters on March 14th. Among these endorsements are Kuna School District’s $40 million bond measure and $2.5 million supplemental levy; West Ada School District’s $160 million plant facility levy; and Boise School District’s $172.5 million bond initiative.

All of these bonds/levies will help address the rapid growth our region has experienced, ensuring our children have access to safe and modern schools. We encourage all of our members who live in these respective school districts to vote YES on March 14th. Learn more about early and absentee voting, as well as more info on these bonds and levies here.

Widen Chinden Boulevard?

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is proposing some big changes to Chinden Blvd., with the possibility of investing up to $350 million in order to add more lanes and modernize intersections. If you are interested in learning more, consider attending their next open house event:

  • Thursday, March 9th, 4:00-7:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Ave., Caldwell.

The Idaho Statesman has more information about the proposal which you can learn about here.

59 Minute Meeting Success!

Thanks to the many REALTORS® who joined us for our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2017, held on February 21st at BRR. We heard from our special guests Wendy Johnson (Superintendent of the Kuna School District), Eric Exline (Chief Communication Officer for West Ada School District), and Dr. Don Coberly (Superintendent of the Boise School District). It was a great opportunity to learn more about what is going on in their school districts, as well as how the upcoming bonds and levies will help address school needs in our rapidly expanding communities. Stay tuned for information on our next 59 Minute Meeting, to be held Tuesday, May 23rd at BRR.

RPAC Lounge is returning to our REALTOR® Awards Gala

We are pleased to announce that RPAC will once again be hosting an exclusive lounge area for RPAC investors at our upcoming Gala on Friday, March 10th. For more details on this exclusive VIP lounge experience, please contact Soren Dorius at soren@boirealtors.com or call (208) 947-7237.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Endorse Local School Bonds and Levies

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) has endorsed the Kuna School District’s $40 million bond measure and $2.5 million supplemental levy, as well as West Ada School District’s $160 million plant facility levy. BRR also recently endorsed Boise School District’s $172.5 million bond initiative.

“As REALTORS®, we understand that strong schools are necessary to support our growing community,” said Katrina Wehr, 2017 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and Managing Broker for Keller Williams Realty Boise. “We endorse these local school initiatives that seek to improve existing facilities and build new facilities to accommodate expanding student populations. In doing so, we provide safe and effective learning environments for our students and continue to be a desirable area for families to relocate. For these reasons, the Boise Regional REALTORS® support the Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School Districts in their upcoming bond and levy initiatives, and will encourage our members to vote ‘Yes’ on March 14th.”

Additional information on each of these bond and levy initiatives can be found by visiting the following links:

Boise School District – www.yesforboiseschools.com

Kuna School District – www.kunaschools.org/112-district-information/board-of-trustees/bond-and-levy

West Ada School District – http://www.westada.org/Domain/7202

Early Voting Information:

Absentee Voting Information:

Do you know where to vote?  Find your polling location here.

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

BRR Advocacy Update | January 2017

brr-rpac2017 Idaho Legislature is in session!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as the Idaho REALTORS® will soon release their legislative agenda, noting bills they’ll need our help to support. Boise Regional REALTORS® will work closely with IR to ensure our industry has a voice with our state’s legislative body.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mapping Changes

Changes to proposed 100-year flood maps could affect more homeowners in Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Meridian, and Star potentially requiring the purchase of flood insurance. To identify if a home is located in this impacted area, click HERE for an interactive map.  There are questions about these maps, the timeline for implementation, and options for homeowners in newly affected areas. We encourage BRR members and homeowners to attend the following public meetings to learn more:

  • February 1, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W Front St in Boise
  • February 2, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lowell Scott Middle School, 13600 W McMillan Rd in Boise

59 Minute Meetings are BACK!

Mark your calendar — our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2017 is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 21 at BRR. We’ll be talking about education and how it impacts our community. Between the Governor’s State of the State request for a 7.9% increase in education spending, and several local school districts running bonds and levies, we’ll let you know what’s happening and how BRR and IR are involved. Event details out soon.

Congrats to Jessica Perreault, on her appointment to the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission!

The Meridian Planning and Zoning commission is responsible for the policies and issues related to zoning, transportation planning and development, among other things.  Jessica is a BRR member and REALTOR® with Silverhawk Realty. She will serve a 3-year term.

Have questions about advocacy?

Contact BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, Soren Dorius, at soren@boirealtors.com.