RS29838 / H0781
This legislation provides non-property-tax funding for public defense, allowing counties to reduce county
property taxes by $33 million. The bill repeals the county charity levy, repeals the county medically indigent
program, and phases out the state CAT program. In addition, the State of Idaho will assume financial
responsibility for public defense moving forward. The bill also includes intent language for the Legislature to
identify a future alternative public defense delivery model. Lastly, the bill requires cities to use 50% of annual
growth in revenue sharing to provide ongoing property tax relief.
For fiscal year 2023, the state will provide $34 million in funding to counties for public defense, counties will
dedicate $11 million in revenue sharing growth to public defense, counties will reduce county property tax
budgets by $33 million, and cities will reduce city property tax budgets by an estimated $10 million. The net
ongoing property tax relief in the first year is estimated to be $43 million.
Representative Mike Moyle
Representative Jon O. Weber
(208) 332-1000
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 03/16/2022, 9:47 AM

Statutes affected:
Bill Text: 57-811, 63-3620F, 63-3638, 31-863, 31-3401, 31-3501, 31-3502, 31-3503, 31-3503A, 31-3503B, 31-3503C, 31-3503D, 31-3503E, 31-3503F, 31-3504, 31-3505, 31-3505A, 31-3505B, 31-3505C, 31-3505D, 31-3505E, 31-3505F, 31-3505G, 31-3505H, 31-3506, 31-3507, 31-3508, 31-3508A, 31-3509, 31-3510, 31-3510A, 31-3511, 31-3512, 31-3513, 31-3514, 31-3515, 31-3515A, 31-3516, 31-3517, 31-3518, 31-3519, 31-3520, 31-3521, 31-3550, 31-3551, 31-3552, 31-3553, 31-3554, 31-3555, 31-3556, 31-3557, 63-802, 19-858, 19-863A, 31-3607, 39-424A, 67-7903