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Bannock County Commissioners

About the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is the county’s governing body, which consists of three commissioners elected at-large to two- and four-year staggered terms. One Commissioner is elected from each district. You can view district demographics here.

Commissioners are generally available daily within the County conducting business.

Office: Courthouse Room 101, 624 E. Center Street in Pocatello
Phone: 208-236-7210
Fax: 208-236-7345
Email: commission@bannockcounty.us

 

Contact the Commissioners

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Ernie Moser

Ernie Moser

Term: 2021-2025

District 1, Chairman of the Board

Ernie Moser was elected as a County Commissioner in 2018 and is serving his second term. Moser graduated from Marsh Valley High School and later from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Human Resource Training and Development. Moser spent time working at Ash Grove Cement, Farmers Insurance, and On Semiconductor. He began his time in public service as a City Councilman for Inkom where he served for 12 Years before servings as Mayor of Inkom for four years. Moser, his wife Sue, their 3 children and 12 grandchildren call Bannock County home and love the area.

Jeff Hough

Jeff Hough

Term: 2023-2027

District 2

Jeff Hough was elected as a County Commissioner in 2020 and is serving his second term. Hough received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Idaho State University and has worked for J.R. Simplot, 3Com, First Security Bank, and Idaho State University. He is a lifelong resident of Bannock County and is passionate about Mountain Biking, refereeing high school sports, and learning. He chairs the 5th District Elected Officials Association, the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee for Idaho Association of Counties, and is Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties Rural Affairs Subcommittee.

John Crowder

John Crowder

Term: 2023-2025

District 3

John Crowder was elected as a County Commissioner in 2022 and is serving his first term.  Crowder holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation/Economics from SUNY Maritime College and a master’s degree in Procurement and Contract Management from St. Mary’s College.  He was a Director with American President Lines, Ltd., worked for ARCO Marine as a negotiator following a stint as a navigator on the company’s supertankers, and has been a small business owner.

FAQ’s

What is the function of the Board of County Commissioners?

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) serves as the governing body for County government, with final budget authority for all County departments. Additionally, they oversee the daily operations of departments that are not directly under the authority of the other six elected officials in the County. The BOCC meet in a public meeting forum to take official action on County business.

The Board also sits as the Board of Equalization to consider property assessment appeals and as the Board of Canvassers for the purpose of canvassing the election returns of all precincts within the county.

When does the Board of County Commissioners meet?

The BOCC generally meets twice a week: regular business meetings are on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and work sessions are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are generally held in the Commissioner’s Chambers at 624 E Center, Room 212, Pocatello, Idaho, unless otherwise noted. Times subject to change within 15 minutes of stated time.

During these meetings, the BOCC may: approve contracts, expend funds, hear testimony, make decisions on land use cases and take care of other County matters, and are open to the public. Meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.

Other public meetings on a variety of subjects are held several times each week, as needed to conduct the business of the county.

Click Here to see upcoming meeting agendas. Sign up to receive agenda notifications here. 

***Any person(s) needing special accommodations to participate in public meetings should contact the Commissioners’ office at 208-236-7210 three to five working days before the meeting.

What is the difference between an 'Open' meeting and a 'Closed' meeting?

The majority of BOCC meetings are open meetings, meaning that the public is allowed – and encouraged – to attend the meeting and hear the deliberations and decisions of the Board.  However, certain meetings (or portions of meetings) are closed to the public. These include discussions such as personnel considerations, land acquisition negotiations, and meetings with legal counsel. Closed sessions are conducted without the public present for the discussion; any decisions resulting from a closed session will be held during an open session.

How can I meet with the Board of County Commissioners?

Meetings can be requested by contacting the Commissioner’s office at 208-236-7210 or by emailing commission@bannockcounty.us. Due to public records law, it is necessary to provide the requested information concerning meetings before a meeting can be scheduled.

How do I appeal my property assessment to the Board of Equalization?

Appeals for 2023 assessed values are due by Monday, June 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

Board of Equalization

It is the responsibility of the Commissioners, convening as the Board of Equalization (BOE), to ensure that the market value placed on your property by the County is fair and accurate. The Board cannot adjust the value based on the amount of taxes due or your ability to pay the amount on your Property Tax Statement.

Appeals Process

Once you have reviewed your assessment, if you decide to appeal the assessed value of your property, please follow these three steps:

Step 1 – Contact Assessor’s Office

Discuss your assessment with a representative from the Assessor’s Office. You may contact their office at (208) 236-7260.

Step 2 – Submit an Appeal Form

If you are unable to reach a resolution, submit a completed Appeal Form with your Assessment Notice attached to the Bannock County Commissioners’ office by email (BOE@bannockcounty.us), in person at the Commissioners’ Office (room 101), mail to our physical address, or fax (208) 236-7363.

Property Value Appeal Applications to the Board of Equalization are available online or can be picked up in the Commissioners’ Office (624 E Center Street, Room 101). All appeal forms must be received by the deadline indicated on your Assessment Notice. Before requesting an appeal, property owners should speak to the Assessor’s Office.

Step 3 – Attend your Hearing

Once you have submitted a complete appeal form, including an assessment notice, a hearing will be scheduled with the Board of Equalization. This is done in the Bannock County Commissioner’s Chambers (Room 212). One copy of your packet must be delivered no later than three (3) business days prior to your scheduled hearing.

Property Value Assessment Documents

  1. BOE Process Chart
  2. Board of Equalization Hearing Instructions
  3. Assessed Value Appeal Form – Residential/Commercial
  4. Assessed Value Appeal Form – Agriculture
    How do I apply for a Property Tax Exemption?

    Certain properties, such as non-profit entities and government properties, may be exempt from paying property taxes if the property qualifies for exemption per Idaho State Code § 63-602 and the Property Tax Exemption application is turned in by the deadline: April 18, 2023, at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

    Please include documents that support your request for exemption. Organizations must apply each year for an exemption.

    To apply, download the application here and submit it to the Commissioners by mail, email, or fax.

    Emailcommission@bannockcounty.us
    Fax: 208-236-7363
    Mail: 624 E. Center Street, Room 101, Pocatello, ID 83201

    After submitting an application, applicants can expect either; (1) to receive a letter of acceptance that they’ve been approved by May 14, 2023, or (2) a phone call requesting a meeting with the Board of County Commissioners to answer questions regarding the application.

    For questions regarding the Property Tax Exemption, call the Commissioners’ Office at 208-236-7210. Read more about Property Tax Exemptions in Idaho Code Title 63, Chapter 6.

    Did Bannock County receive American Rescue Plan Act funds?

    As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID—19 pandemic.

    Bannock County was allocated $17,055,675 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recover Funds (SLFRF). 

    Click here to follow Bannock County’s progress in disseminating the ARPA grant funds.

    Commissioner Board Assignments

    Ernie Moser – Chair

    Behavioral Health Executive Committee
    Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Board
    Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
    Eastern Idaho State Fair Board
    Free Clinic/Crisis Center
    Idaho Association of District Board of Health
    Regional Behavioral Health Board
    Regional Development Alliance
    Sixth District Magistrate Commission
    Southeast Idaho District Health Board
    South East Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center
    United Way of Southeastern Idaho

    Jeff Hough

    Auditorium District Board
    Bannock County Ambulance District
    Bannock Development Corp.
    Bannock Transportation Planning Org
    Bureau of Land Management
    Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
    Chubbuck Development Authority
    Idaho State University
    Local Legislative Committee
    Pocatello Development Authority
    Regional Juvenile Detention Board
    U.S. Forest Service

    John Crowder

    Bannock County Museum/Historical Society
    Board of Community Guardians
    Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee
    Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
    Chamber of Commerce Local Issues
    Council for Children’s Mental Health
    Gateway to Health Committee
    Idaho Fish & Game
    Integration Committee
    Local Emergency Planning Committee
    Pocatello Senior Activity Center Board
    SAUSA (US Attorney) Board
    Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency
    Southeast Idaho Council of Governments
    Snowgroomer Advisory Board
    State Emergency Planning Committee (SEPC)

    Departments

    Ag Extension

    The University of Idaho Extension in Bannock County assists citizens through research-based, locally relevant information and programs. We offer programming in 4-H and youth development, small crops and horticulture, health, nutrition, and food safety.

    Court Services

    The mission of the Bannock County Court Services Department is to protect the community from delinquency by effecting accountability for offenses committed, and equipping offenders with the required competencies to live productively and responsibly in the community.

    Event Center & Wellness Complex

    The Bannock County Event Center and Portneuf Wellness Complex is Southeastern Idaho’s premier multipurpose recreational complex, owned and operated by Bannock County.

    Human Resources & Risk Management

    The Human Resources/Risk Management Department is committed to responding efficiently and compassionately to help reduce injury and property damage to Bannock County and its employees. They desire to provide quality service to elected officials, department heads, employees, outside entities, and the general public in a manner that supports Bannock County.

    Juvenile Detention

    Bannock County Juvenile Detention provides a safe environment for juveniles who are placed in our care by the courts. Through programs and staff interaction, it is our goal to address attitudes, citizenship, school attendance, drug/alcohol problems, self-worth, individual accountability, and decision-making skills.

    Planning & Development

    The Office of Planning & Development Services is responsible for ensuring that land development and construction in Bannock County are done in accordance with county ordinances and in a safe, orderly manner.

    Public Information Office

    The Public Information Office is responsible for communicating with the public, media, and/or area agencies to provide accurate, timely, and essential information about county business, services, and emergencies.

    Procurement

    The Procurement Department ensures that the County’s process of purchasing goods and services is fair, competitive, efficient, and conducted under strict, ethical guidelines. From strategically planning each procurement to managing and executing plans, the Bannock County Procurement team performs services for all Bannock County departments and offices.

    Courthouse Buildings & Grounds

    The Commissioners oversee the Courthouse Buildings and Grounds department, which is responsible for remodels, building code updates, maintenance, janitorial services, ADA compliance, equipment replacement, and related services. 

    Office of Emergency Management

    The Office of Emergency Management creates and implements programs to increase public awareness about threats and hazards, coordinates emergency planning, provides an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administers disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in Bannock County.

    GIS

    Geographic (or Geospatial) Information Systems is a collection of databases that contain all manner of data pertaining to mapping and analysis. This spatial reference is what makes GIS data unique and allows it to be visualized or mapped.

    Information Technology

    The county’s Information Technology (IT) department maintains county hardware, software, and supporting infrastructure to ensure the county operates efficiently.

    Juvenile Probation

    Bannock County Juvenile Probation’s mission is to protect our community’s citizens from juvenile crime. We strive to accomplish this by assisting families in developing skills that will enable them to be productive and responsible members of society, and by holding youth under our responsibility accountable for their actions.

    Public Defender

    The Mission of the Bannock County Public Defender’s Office is to protect and defend the rights of our clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all.

    Public Works

    Bannock County Public Works Department comprises four divisions: Road & Bridge, Mosquito Abatement, Noxious Weed Control, and the Landfill. They each serve their purpose to provide quality and safe infrastructure for Bannock County residents.

    Veteran's Services

    The Veteran Services department assists veterans and their dependents in applying for benefits they’ve earned while linking them to other services and organizations that will support them locally where they live. We act as a liaison between their membership and other community organizations in support of their mission.

    Advisory Boards and Commissions

    What Are They?

    Boards, commissions, councils, and task forces serve many different roles within the County.  Board and commission members serve at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners and may be appointed at any time during the application process.

    Advisory Board Vacancies

    There are two positions on the Board of Community Guardians and five-seven positions on the Snowgroomer Advisory Board open now. Positions are open until filled.

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    How to Apply

    To apply to serve on a Board or Commission, please fill out this form and submit it to commission@bannockcounty.us.

    The Planning and Development Council members are volunteers that are appointed by the County Commissioners.

     

    The Planning and Development Council typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and, if needed, on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. in Conference Room 1, Office of Planning and Development Services, 5500 S 5th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83204 (Meeting location subject to change). 

    Click here to learn more.

    The Fair Board is in place to conduct county fairs as specified in Title 22, Chapter 2 of Idaho Code, and such other responsibilities as shall be assigned.

     

    Meetings of the Fair Board are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Downey Fairgrounds Office located at 156 North 2nd West, Downey, ID 83234. There are seven (7) seats on the Board; 4 members serve 2-year terms and 3 members shall serve 4-year terms.

    Click here for agendas and more information.

    The Bannock County Snow Groomer Advisory Committee exists to advise the county in providing quality, groomed snowmobile trails for public recreation, pursuant to Idaho Code Title 67 Chapter 71.

    Click here to see more.

     

    Board of Community Guardians

    The Board of Community Guardians was established in 1993 pursuant to Idaho Code Title 15, Chapter 5.

    The Board shall consist of 7 to 11 volunteer members who are representatives of community interests involving persons needing guardians or conservators. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve 4-year terms.

    Click here to learn more.

    Need assistance?

    To refer someone to the Board of Community Guardians for assistance, please download the form below and email or mail the completed form and supporting documents to the following:

    Email:  bannock.bofg@gmail.com

    Mailing address: Bannock County Board of Community Guardians
    P.O. Box 901
    Pocatello, ID 83204-0901

    Protected Person Referral Form

    Bannock County Historical Society Board

    The Bannock County Historical Society Board was founded on March 8, 1922, and was formally incorporated on December 5, 1961. The purpose of the Historical Society Board is to bring together people who are interested in preserving and understanding the history of Bannock County.

    The Board provides oversite and support to the Bannock County Historical Society and the Bannock County Historical Museum, located at 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs in Pocatello. Map it. 

    Visit the Bannock County Historical Museum’s website.

    Follow the Bannock County Historical Museum on Facebook.

    Board Members:

    The Board of Directors consists of nine members, each elected for a three-year term. Terms are staggered so that two positions are open in the first year, three positions in the next year, and two in the following year. Board members are elected by a plurality of votes cast at the Annual Meeting. Board members must be in good standing with the Society and reside in Bannock County.

    Email: bancohismus@gmail.com

    PresidentVice-PresidentSecretaryTreasurer
    Arlen WalkerRandy DixonDebbie MyersEllen Ryan

    Members: Richard Hansen, Lauren Egbert, Jolene Barnett-Stephenson, Mary Lee Lien, Tom Eisenhaur

    Meeting Schedule:

    Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Museum’s gallery, located at 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs in Pocatello.

    Upcoming Meeting Agenda:

    Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

    View Agenda Here

    *New Temporary Location* Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building – 300 N Johnson, Pocatello

    Historical Society

    Membership in the Society is open to anyone. Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership and how to apply.

    Society meetings, which usually include a presentation focused on relevant history, are open to the public and are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., September through May.  During the summer months, the Society meetings are suspended due to heavy visitation at the Museum and longer hours for the Museum staff.

    More Information:

    Bylaws

    Constitution

    Articles of Incorporation

    Helpful Information and Links

    Office Location

    624 E. Center Room 101
    Pocatello, ID 83201
    Map & Directions
    Phone: 208-236-7210
    Fax: 208-236-7345

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