The Canyon County Board of Commissioners delivered their 2014 State of the County Address to a packed crowd at the Nampa Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on March 12. The Commissioners discussed past County accomplishments and also touched on several important issues and future challenges.
Commissioner Steve Rule's remarks highlighted the County's work over the past year to lower property taxes and return over $1.5 million back to the taxpayers. He also noted that the County has a balanced budget and is completely debt-free, while crediting the County's leadership for being good stewards of the taxpayer's money.
The ongoing improvements to the County's campus in Caldwell were featured during Commissioner Kathy Alder's remarks. Alder spoke about the progress on the new Administration Building and courtroom addition at the SW Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, both of which are slated to open later this year. She also talked about the Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum opening at Celebration Park and the positive impact it will have on local school children through their field trip program.
Commissioner Craig Hanson used his time to discuss the State of Prosecution in Canyon County and other department accomplishments over the past year. Most notably, that the SW Idaho Juvenile Detention Center recently became the first incarceration facility of any type in the United States to be certified as compliant with the standards of the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Two other important issues - the Canyon County Fair and Lake Lowell - were also highlighted by the Commissioners in their 2014 address. The Commissioners brought to light some of the misinformation that has been swirling around the Fair over the past year since it announced plans to expand to a new location on Highway 20/26. They also passionately discussed their ongoing fight for local oversight and management of Lake Lowell - which remains one of their top priorities moving forward.
To read the complete 2014 State of the County Address, please click here . You can also view the presentation that accompanied the address by clicking here.