County, state approved hospital tax

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SANDPOINT – The 2022 Pend Oreille Hospital District budget has been ruled legal by state tax officials despite a written complaint earlier this month by a district administrator.

Daniel Rose, a POHD administrator, filed a complaint with several county agencies, saying the county had exceeded its legal authority in dealing with the hospital’s budget request. The complaint has been forwarded to the Idaho State Tax Commission for review.

The budget request emphasizes the hospital’s ability to impose a 3% property tax. The approved levy for the 2022 district budget is $ 1,390,506.

In her complaint, Rose alleged that the most recent direct debit proposal is illegal.

Officially known as the dollar budget request, or L-2 for short, Rose alleged that the report was submitted to the county after the deadline, exceeded the upper legal monetary threshold, and had not received approval from the hospital district treasurer – as opposed to full board approval.

Rose cited several sections of Idaho Codes 39 and 63, alleging that hospital treasurer Jim Frank single-handedly submitted the budget request to the county for approval on September 3, although the request must be approved by the majority of the hospital. Advice. Rose also alleges that the county exceeded its legal authority by amending the budget request so that it can comply with other laws governing how much the budget is allowed to take.

Also according to Rose, the budget request was also submitted three days after the deadline.

Alan Dornfest, head of the tax commission’s property tax policy office, responded to Rose’s complaint on Tuesday, saying the POHD’s budget meets state requirements. Despite the trustee’s claim that the application was submitted late, Dornfest said it was in fact submitted six days before the September 9 deadline. Dornfest also noted that the tax commission has no authority over hospital district procedures before anything is submitted to the county.

“We have not found any overspending or overspending in relation to this hospital district,” Dornfest said in a two-page letter to Rose, hospital and county officials, and local media. “Our primary responsibility is to approve only budgets and levies that do not exceed any legal limit.”

“In accordance with our authority, we have approved the sample for this hospital district. … Based on our analysis, we do not find any unauthorized samples for this district.

Hospital district officials have not commented on Rose’s complaint about the tax commission’s findings.

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