Boise, Idaho

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Boise, Idaho
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General information
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Mayor:David Bieter
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:Yes
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:6
2014 FY Budget:$487 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:214,237
Gender:50.6% Female
Race:White 85.2%
African American 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino 7.1%
Asian 3.2%
Two or More Races 3.0%
Median household income:$49,182
High school graduation rate:93.5%
College graduation rate:37.4%
Related Boise offices
Idaho Congressional Delegation
Idaho State Legislature
Idaho state executive offices
Boise is a city in Ada County, Idaho. As of 2013, its population was 214,237.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Boise utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. While the mayor presides over city council meetings, he or she only votes in cases of a tie. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. David Bieter is the current Mayor of Boise.[2][3]

City council

The Boise City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]


The Boise City Council is made up of six members, each of whom is elected by the city at-large.[2]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Boise City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[4]

For a full list of Boise city boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Boise, Idaho municipal elections, 2015

The city of Boise, Idaho will hold elections for mayor and city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.


Boise's adopted operating budget for 2014 was $487 million.[5]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
P.O. Box 500
Boise, ID 83701-0500
Phone: (208) 384-4404

City Council
P.O. Box 500
Boise, ID 83701-0500
Phone: (208) 384-4410

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Ada County, Idaho ballot measures

The city of Boise is in Ada County. A list of ballot measures in Ada County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Idaho

Boise has a signature requirement for valid petitions of 20% of the registered voters from the last municipal general election. The Petition layout and form are determined partially by city and state code and partially by the city clerk. Once the clerk has approved the form of the petition, circulators have a 75 day time restriction for circulating the petition. If they are successful in gathering enough signatures the ordinance goes to legislature for approval, then to the ballot.

Boise City Code


In 2013, Boise's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[6] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[7][8] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Boise filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Urban Development
3 Law Enforcement & Crime
3 Aviation, Airlines & Airports
3 Transportation
2 Taxes
2 Defense
2 Economics & Econ Development
2 Energy & Nuclear Power
2 Environment & Superfund
2 Housing
1 Immigration
1 Disaster & Emergency Planning
1 Clean Air & Water

City website evaluation

Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes P

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Idaho city websites

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are available and archived for three years [9]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas[10] are available and archived for three years.
    • Meeting minutes[11] are available and archived for three years.
  • Elected officials
    • Mayor and city council are listed with names[12]
  • Administrative officials
    • Departments are listed[13]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits[14]
    • Zoning information[15]are available on the website.
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted and archived for three years[16]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and awarded contracts are available[17]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to make a public records request is available, with records contact information[18]
  • City of Boise grants the access of government records to public.[19]
  • City of Boise's bids and RFPs are posted.[20]
  • Information on audits are available.[21]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Email addresses are provided for some elected officials, but not all. Physical addresses and phone numbers are not provided.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information is not listed for department heads.
  • Lobbying
    • Some scattered information on lobbying is provided, but ultimately does not disclose spending or membership in government sector lobbying organizations
  • Taxes
    • No recent tax information is available

See also

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