FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about the services offered by the County. These questions are listed by department. You can either scroll through the below questions to see if there is an answer for your question or you may use the Find function or Search Page to locate the information you desire.


Assessor

  1. What is the annual tax cycle?

  2. How does the Assessor determine the value on my property?

  3. Why do property values change?

  4. How are the taxes on my property determined?

  5. What is an occupancy tax?

  6. What are Required County Services?

  7. How do I contact the taxing districts listed on my assessment notice?

  8. How do I find out the name of a property owner and other details about the property?

  9. Can I see a map of my property? May I purchase a copy?

  10. How do I qualify and apply for a homeowner's exemption?

  11. What do the categories or group code numbers shown on the assessment notice mean?

  12. How do I qualify and apply for the Property Tax Reduction, also called the Circuit Breaker?

  13. What is the Timber Program; how do I qualify and apply for the timber classification?

  14. What is the Agricultural Program, and how do I apply?

  15. How do I get the mailing address changed on my property?

  16. How do I change the name of the owner(s) on my property?

  17. How do I correct the acreage on my property?

  18. How do I correct or change the boundaries of my property, such as a lot line adjustment?

  19. How do I convert my manufactured home into real property? Can I reverse a manufactured home from real property to personal property?

  20. How do I change the location of my manufactured home? How do I change ownership on my manufactured home?

  21. Frequently asked questions regarding personal property.

  22. Frequently asked questions about registering and titling vehicles in Idaho.

  23. How many taxing districts are there?


Board of Commissioners

  1. What is the function of the Board of County Commissioners?

  2. What is the function of the Board of Equalization?

  3. When does the Board of County Commissioners meet?

  4. What is included in the "Public Meeting" agenda?

  5. How can I meet with the Board of County Commissioners?

  6. Which Commissioner represents which District?

  7. What are the advisory boards used by the County?

  8. How many dogs can I have before I need a kennel license, and how do I go about getting one?

  9. How do I apply for Tax Exemption on properties?

  10. How do I appeal my property assessed value?

  11. What is a Hardship Exemption?

  12. Where can I get a list of properties that did not sell at the Tax Deed sale?

  13. Where can I get a County employment application?

  14. Where is the Unemployment Office (Job Service)?


County Assistance

  1. Where is Kootenai County Assistance located?

  2. How can this office be contacted?

  3. What are the hours and days of service?

  4. Who is the administrator of this office?

  5. Is this department governed by any regulations?

  6. What is the function of Kootenai County Assistance?

  7. How would a prospective applicant apply?

  8. What happens if I come in for my interview without all the required information and documentation?

  9. How long do I have to be a resident of Kootenai County prior to seeking assistance?

  10. Will there be a lien placed on my real and personal property?

  11. Are there application time limits?

  12. If approved, will I be required to repay the assistance?


District Court

  1. Where should I park if I am on Jury Duty?

  2. When my trial is finished, am I done?

  3. What should I do if I move out of the area?

  4. I got a notice for a family member that is away. What should I do?

  5. I got a notice for a family member who is now deceased. What should I do?


Juvenile Detention

  1. How do I receive phone calls from my child?

  2. Who can visit juveniles?

  3. When are the visiting times?

  4. What are the rules when I visit my child?

  5. Does my child have access to medical care?

  6. Is there a Mental Health Clinician?

  7. Can juveniles receive mail?

  8. What can I bring in to my child?


Parks & Waterways

  1. Is a fee required to launch at Kootenai County Launches?

  2. Is a fee required to park at Kootenai County Launches?

  3. Is a fee required for launching a kayak or canoe without a trailer?

  4. How long can I park or moor at a Kootenai County facility?

  5. Is the Idaho State Parks pass valid at Kootenai County Launches?

  6. Can we reserve County facilities for group use?

  7. How do I obtain a permit for construction and installation of a private dock at my waterfront property?

  8. How can I have a No Wake buoy deployed in front of my lakeshore residence?

  9. Is a boater safety course required in Idaho?

  10. Which snowmobile trails are open?

  11. How do I contact other public agencies?

  12. I need information on how to have my household water turned off/on.

  13. Is the water level of Lake Coeur d'Alene going to change?


Planning

  1. Is my parcel buildable?

  2. What is my zoning?

  3. Am I located in a Flood Zone?

  4. Do I have septic approval for my site?

  5. What are my property dimensions and/or where are my property corners located?

  6. Am I located within the City or am I in an unincorporated area of the County?

  7. May I have two residences on my property?

  8. Are there any restrictions on placing mobile homes in the County?

  9. Can I subdivide my land?

  10. I think my neighbor is not in compliance to zoning regulations. What can I do?


Prosecuting Attorney

  1. When I report a crime to the police, will I be required to sign a criminal complaint?

  2. Please describe what happens after a criminal complaint is filed?

  3. Why does the Prosecutor's Office plea bargain with criminals?

  4. How do I get a restraining order?

  5. What happens when I go to court to get a restraining order?


Recorder

  1. How do I apply for a marriage license in Idaho?


Solid Waste

  1. What is a transfer station?

  2. When is the Transfer Station Open?

  3. Where is the Transfer Station located?

  4. Does the County pickup my garbage?

  5. Who picks up garbage in Kootenai County?

  6. Is the landfill located on Ramsey Road?

  7. How much will it cost to bring my garbage to the Transfer Station?

  8. I live closer to the Fighting Creek landfill than the transfer station. Can I bring my garbage directly to the landfill?

  9. I cannot get a garbage service to come to my home and the transfer station is too far. What are my options?

  10. When can I dispose of Paint, Gasoline and other Household Hazardous Waste?

  11. Why don't you recycle any other items?

  12. How can I dispose of Asbestos?

  13. Can we take a tour of the facilities?

  14. What does the Solid Waste Fee with my property tax billing pay?


Treasurer / Tax Collector

  1. When are property taxes due?

  2. When are personal property taxes due?

  3. Do you accept partial payments?

  4. What is the late charge and interest rates?



Assessor

What is the annual tax cycle?

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January 1Tax lien date Values are appraised as of January 1 each year.
March 15Agricultural classification applications are due.
April 15
Homeowner's exemption applications are due.Property tax reduction (circuit breaker) applications are due.
Mid to late MayAssessment Notices must be mailed by the first Monday in June.
Third Monday in MayPreliminary budgets are due for the next fiscal year (beginning October 1).
June 20The second half of the prior year's tax payment is due.
Fourth Monday of JuneDeadline for the Board of Equalization appeals
End of June
The County Auditor sends value estimates to the taxing districts.
Second Monday of JulyThe Board of Equalization closes -- the Assessment Roll is forwarded to the County Auditor.
First Week of September
The State Tax Commission sends the Operating Property values to the County Auditor.
Second Monday in SeptemberThe County Auditor receives the budget requests.
Third Monday in SeptemberThe County Auditor sets the tax levy rates.The Occupancy Assessment Roll is mailed.
Third Week of OctoberThe Subsequent Roll Assessment Notices are mailed.
Fourth Monday in OctoberThe State Tax Commission reviews and approves the tax levy rates.
November 1
The County Auditor computes individual property tax charges and sends them to the Treasurer for billing.
Fourth Monday in NovemberThe County Treasurer mails the tax bills.
December 20
The first half of the property tax payments are due (full payment may be made at this time).
December 31Timber classification applications and timber management plans are due.

How does the Assessor determine the value on my property?

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  • Buyers and sellers in the real estate market establish value. The Assessor's staff researches the market and collects information about properties to estimate value.

  • The Assessor's Office has no control over tax rates.

  • The Assessor uses standard methods, which utilize the three traditional approaches to value (cost, market, and income), to estimate the fair market value of a given property.

  • It is important to note that the Assessor is simply measuring the information produced in the market to determine the estimated value. The economic principles of supply and demand, along with the desires of the purchasers and sellers of property, determine fair value.

  • For more information contact the Assessor's Office.

  • Why do property values change?

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  • A property's value may change for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that the property changes. A bedroom, garage, or bathroom is added, or part of the property is destroyed by vandalism or fire.

  • The most frequent cause of a change in value is a change in the market. If a community's major industry leaves, property values can collapse. As older neighborhoods with good quality housing are discovered by young homebuyers, prices gradually rise and then may even soar as the neighborhood becomes fashionable. A shortage of detached homes in a desirable city neighborhood can send prices to extreme levels. In a recession, larger homes may stay on the market for a long time, but more affordable homes are in demand, so their prices rise.

  • In a stable neighborhood, with no extraordinary pressure from the market, inflation may increase property value.

  • For more information contact the Assessor's Office.

  • How are the taxes on my property determined?

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  • The first thing you need to know about property taxes is that they are budget driven. This means that all property values could stay exactly the same and property taxes could still increase because of budget increases.

  • Property taxes are the principal source of income for cities, counties and special-purpose governments like fire, schools, library, cemetery and other districts. The county Treasurer sends and collects the tax, then distributes it to these local governments. At the assessor's office, our job is to make sure homes and businesses are valued correctly. Under Idaho Code 63-205, our assessed value must be the same as the actual market value of that property as it is on January 1st.

  • Determining Levy Rates

    • Each tax district determines their budgets at public hearings. See Idaho Code 63-803
    • Individual properties are assessed to determine their market value
    • Homeowners (and other) exemptions are subtracted from the value
    • The total budget dollars requested by each district is divided by the total taxable value in the areas they serve

  • Taxing District Levy Example

    Budget Request/Property Value=Tax Rate (Levy)
    $42,000,000 /13.2 billion=.00311313


  • How are your Property Taxes Calculated?

    1. Properties are generally served by more than one tax district, so the levies of all the tax districts serving your property are added together. The geographical areas in each county having a common group of tax districts is called a Code Area. The levy for this Code Area is shown in the table below.

      a) County 0.003113130
      b) School 0.005137568
      c) City 0.005811937
      d) Special Districts (highway, cemetery, etc.) 0.001004090
      0.014062635
    2. The taxable value of each property is determined:

      House Value:$100,000.00
      Land Value:$40,000.00
      Total Value:$140,000.00
      Minus Homeowners Exemption:($70,000.00)
      TOTAL TAXABLE VALUE: $70,000.00

    3. Individual Tax bills are calculated:

      Taxable ValuexLevy Rate=Tax Amount
      $70,000x1.4062635%=$984.39



  • The collection of unpaid balances owed to certain agencies, may be added to your property tax bill. If you have questions regarding an amount charged by an agency to your property tax bill, please contact that agency. See Idaho Code 50-1008.

  • What is an occupancy tax?

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  • Only property that exists on January 1st is taxed on the regular role that year. New construction is added to the occupancy role. The amount of the occupancy tax is the value of the structure(s) prorated from the month they are first put into use to the end of that year and multiplied by the levy rate.

  • Example: A barn is built on an existing property. It's completed and use begins in July. The assessment notice that is sent out in June that year will not include the value of that barn. Thus, the tax bill that is sent out in December will not include taxes for that barn. A separate assessment notice that includes only the value of the barn is sent out the beginning of the following year. Then a separate tax bill for just the barn is sent out approximately two months later. The following year the value and taxes for that barn will be included with all of the other property on that parcel.


    Full Value of the Barn$35,000.00
    Prorated Value
    July to December (Value / 12 mos * 5 mos)
    $14,583.34
    Multiply by the Tax Levy Rate.018611084
    Equals the Occupancy Tax For the Barn$271.42


  • See Idaho Code 63-317.

  • What are Required County Services?

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  • The Idaho Constitution establishes the fundamental legal framework for county government in Idaho. It prescribes the elected county officials and their terms of office; places limitations on county indebtedness; contains detailed provisions on county boundaries; and provides for optional forms of county government.

  • Idaho law provides a detailed, legal framework for county government, describes the powers of county officials and enumerates the functions that counties may perform. Idaho does not have a county home-rule provision in its Constitution, thus county officials have less flexibility in establishing new programs and procedures than do county officials in county home-rule states.

  • Idaho counties, like counties in other states, have a dual function. They serve as an arm of the state government in administering elections, enforcing state laws and performing many other state-mandated functions. They also serve as a unit of local government which has responsibilities in meeting the needs of its own citizens in health, welfare, agricultural services, public works, planning, parks and recreation.

  • Cities, on the other hand, are voluntary organizations and are created in order to enhance services to citizens and provide better and highly livable communities. Regardless of the existence of cities, counties are still obligated to provide a number of services.

  • The following is a non-exclusive list of many of those required services. Most are supported by either property taxes, fees and state shared revenues or a combination of resources.

    PUBLIC SAFETY (LAW ENFORCEMENT/COURTS/PROSECUTION)

    1. Patrol (On & Off-road)
    2. Maintain & Operate Jail
    3. Service of Civil Process
    4. Drug Enforcement Programs
    5. Issue Drivers Licenses
    6. Mandatory Training of All Law Enforcement Officers
    7. Maintain & Operate Juvenile Detention Facility
    8. Provide for Probation Services (Adults/Juveniles)
    9. Provide Programs for Juveniles
    10. Mandatory Training of Probation & Juvenile Detention Officers
    11. Prosecute & Defend Criminals
    12. Mandatory Sentences
    13. Maintain & Operate Court Room/Law Library/Law Clerks
    14. Disaster Preparedness


    HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES

    1. Medical and Non-Medical Indigent Care
    2. Public Health Districts
    3. County Hospital Operation
    4. Ambulance


    OTHER REQUIRED FUNCTIONS

    1. Value all Property
    2. Collect taxes/fees/special assessments for other entities
    3. Solid Waste Collection/Disposal
    4. Water Systems
    5. Planning/Zoning
    6. County Road and Bridge Operations
    7. Noxious Weeds
    8. Conducting Elections
    9. Recording of all legal documents
    10. Process passports
    11. Administers certain estates when others will not
    12. GIS & Mapping parcels
    13. Pay portion of Community College Tuition
    14. Various Federal Programs (Clean Air/Water, etc.)
    15. Vehicle registration & titling for State - can be contracted out

  • The following is a non-inclusive list of non-mandatory county functions of which some are and some are not shared with cities.

    1. Agriculture Extension
    2. Historical Society/Museum
    3. Parks & Recreation
    4. Fairs
    5. Senior Programs
    6. Veterans Services
    7. Airports
    8. Snowmobile and Waterways
    9. Economic Development
    10. Soil Conservation

  • How do I contact the taxing districts listed on my assessment notice?

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  • Refer to the lower third of your Assessment Notice to the section entitled "Budget Hearing Information." The column on the left lists the Taxing Districts in which your property is located. The second column from the right lists the phone numbers for each district. The right-hand column provides the date and time for the budget hearings.


  • The Assessor's Office also receives a complete list of the Taxing Districts from the Auditor's Office. We can also provide you the mailing address and name of the contact person for each district.


  • For more information about taxing districts, contact the Auditor's Office at:

    451 Government Way
    Coeur d'Alene ID 83814
    (208) 446-1000
  • How do I find out the name of a property owner and other details about the property?

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  • You can search by owner, address, parcel number, or alternate identification number (AIN) on the County website at www.kcgov.us. To perform a guest search for free, click on the quick link for "Parcel Information Search." You may also obtain information at the County Information Center and office of Kootenai County Assessor (both at 451 Government Way in Coeur d'Alene). In the Assessor's Office you can search by plat name to get the subdivision designation to search lots

  • In addition to ownership name, mailing address, and possible location address, other information available on the website and at the office includes, but is not limited to, legal description, acreage of the parcel, assessed value, homeowner's exemption, timber and agricultural classifications, and property classifications. Subscriptions are available that will provide access to more property details by contacting the Information Systems Department at 208-446-1375.

  • For questions contact the Assessor's Office.

  • Can I see a map of my property? May I purchase a copy?

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  • The Assessor's Office has plat maps covering all properties in Kootenai County. They are available for your viewing at our office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. The maps are filed by township, range, section, and quarter section section (northeast quarter, northwest quarter, southwest quarter, or southeast quarter) and provide parcel numbers needed to obtain parcel information.

  • The maps are also on the website through the home page quick link "County Maps." Click on "Parcel Maps" under the Assessor's Office. Then select the township/range combination, the section, and then quadrant (quarter section). If you do not have this specific information, you can use the large wall maps at our office to narrow your search.

    May I purchase a copy?

  • The full sized plat maps may be purchased at the Information Center of our building at 451 Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The maps measure approximately 18" by 24" and cost $2.00 each. When requesting a map, please specify the quarter section, section, township, and range of the map. The Assessor's Office can help you identify the map you wish to purchase.

  • You may also purchase a black and white map of Kootenai County from the Information Center. This map measures approximately 36" by 45" and costs $5.00.

  • Other maps available for purchase from the Information Center are the following:

    • Survey maps
    • Recorder's plat maps (platted subdivisions)
    • The above two types of maps come in two sizes:
      • 11" by 14" -- These cost $1.00 each.
      • Large size -- The sizes vary considerably and cost $4.00 each.

    • You can request that maps be mailed to you. Postage will vary by map size and weight.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MAPS CONTACT:

    Kootenai County Information Center, (208) 446-1613

  • How do I qualify and apply for a homeowner's exemption?

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  • WHAT IS THE HOMEOWNER'S EXEMPTION?
    The Homeowners Exemption is an exemption provided by Idaho State law that saves the property owner money on their property taxes. This happens because the exemption deducts 1/2 of the assessed value of the buildings and up to a one-acre home site up to a maximum of $89,580 for 2015, for taxation purposes. See Idaho Codes 63-602G and 63-701.

  • WHO QUALIFIES?
    A property owner who occupies the home as their primary residence and is an Idaho resident qualifies for this exemption.

  • HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?
    • A valid Idaho drivers license (if you drive)
    • Vehicle is licensed in Idaho (if you own a vehicle).
    • Registered Idaho voter (if you vote)
    • If you file income tax, at the appropriate time the property owner would file a full year Idaho resident income tax return.
    • You reside in Idaho for a majority of the year
    • If the property is in a trust, bring the entire trust with you for us to review and determine eligibility.


  • WHEN TO FILE
    • On new homes, owner must apply within thirty (30) days of occupying the home.
    • On existing homes the deadline for applying is April 15th of the year that you occupied the home.
      We suggest that the property owner file as soon as home is owned and occupied.


  • WHERE DO I FILE?
    The Homeowners Exemption Applications are available and must be filed in the Assessor's Office. The Assessor's Office is located at 451 Government Way on the main floor of the Administration building, next to the information desk. We cannot fax the homeowner's applications.

  • HOME OWNERS EXEMPTION
    As a result of the Idaho Housing Price Index factor the exemption maximum increased for several years following the legislative change in 2006. The information below illustrates the change by year for the maximum exemption amount.
    • 1983 $50,000 through
    • 2005 $50,000
    • 2006 $75,000
    • 2007 $89,325
    • 2008 $100,938
    • 2009 $104,471
    • 2010 $101,153
    • 2011 $92,040
    • 2012 $83,974
    • 2013 $81,000
    • 2014 $83,920
    • 2015 $89,580


  • QUESTIONS?
    Call the Assessor's Office at (208) 446-1500 or
    E-mail bwilliams@kcgov.us

  • What do the categories or group code numbers shown on the assessment notice mean?

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    Please click here for a listing of the codes and their meanings.

    How do I qualify and apply for the Property Tax Reduction, also called the Circuit Breaker?

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  • WHAT IS THE PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION PROGRAM?
    The Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) program reduces property taxes for qualified applicants based on income for the previous calendar year. This program is managed by the State Tax Commission in Boise. If you qualify, the property taxes on your home may be reduced by as much as $1,320. The benefits will reduce by half the solid waste fees (listed under Special Assessments on your Tax Bill).

  • WHO QUALIFIES? You may qualify if you meet the following requirements:
    • You owned and lived in a home or mobile home in Idaho (or possibly a care facility or nursing home) that was your primary residence before April 15.
    • Your income for the previous year was at or less than an amount specified for a particular year (for 2015, your 2014 income must be $29,100 or less after deductions).
    • AND You were in one or more of the following categories as of January 1:
      • Age 65 or older
      • Widow(widower)
      • Blind
      • Fatherless or motherless child under 18 years of age
      • Former prisoner of war/hostage
      • Veteran with a 10% or more service-connected disability or receiving a VA pension for a non-service-connected disability
      • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board or Federal Civil Service


  • HOW TO APPLY
    • You must apply for the property tax reduction in the current year between January 1 and April 15.
    • Applications are completed at the Assessor's Office.
    • You will be required to show proof of your eligibility, income, and medical expenses when you file your application (if you file federal income tax, bring a copy of the form).
    • You must apply and qualify each year to receive this benefit. Property tax reductions are not renewed automatically.
    • If your application is approved, your property tax reduction will appear on the tax notice sent to you in November.


  • DEDUCTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE PAID THE PREVIOUS YEAR
    • Medical/dental expenses paid out of pocket, including for prescriptions, glasses, hearing aids, other medical aids
    • Mileage for round trips to doctors' offices or medical facilities for care
    • Medical insurance premiums
    • Payment or prepayment of funeral expenses
    • Farm, rental and/or business losses (provide copy of the appropriate federal schedule)
    • Early withdrawl penalties
    • Alimony paid


  • FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE IDAHO CODE 60-202, OR CONTACT:
    • Kootenai County Assessor, 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, (208) 446-1500
    • Idaho State Tax Commission at (208) 334-7736, (208)334-7854, or 1-800-972-7660 toll free from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington
    • Hearing impaired: TDD 1-800-377-3529

  • What is the Timber Program; how do I qualify and apply for the timber classification?

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  • IDAHO'S FOREST TAX LAW AND THE TIMBER PROGRAM
    Reference Idaho Code 63-1701 through 63-1706. The Idaho Code describes forestland as privately-owned land held and used primarily to grow and harvest trees of a marketable species and may be further identified by consideration of any of the following criteria:
    • Present use and silvicultural treatment evidence forestland.
    • Forestland has a dedicated use, which is further evidenced by a forestland management plan that includes eventual harvest of the forest crop required by Kootenai County.
    • Forestland is bearing forest growth or land NOT converted to another use.
    • Forestland which has had the trees removed by man through harvest, including clearcuts or by natural disaster, such as, but not limited to, fire, and which, within five (5) years after harvest or initial assessment, will be reforested as specified by the Forest Practices Act (Idaho Code, Chapter 13, Title 38).


  • ACREAGE REQUIREMENTS
    To qualify for the timber program, forest land owners must devote a minimum of 5.0 fully-stocked acres, excluding any improvements, to management of the timber for eventual harvest. Forest land ownership is held in two ways:
    • Ownership of 5.0 or more acres but less than 5,000 acres
    • Ownership of 5,000 or more acres


  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    The deadline to submit timber applications and management plans is December 31 of each year to qualify for the timber program in the following year. You must submit one application form, called the "Owner's Designation of Forest Land Option," for each individually assessed parcel. You may submit a Timberland Management Plan to cover each group of contiguous parcels (adjacent, or sharing the same parcel border) that you will manage as a single stand of timber. Timber application packets are available in the Assessor's office at 451 Government Way or you may request the forms by calling or writing our office.

  • FOREST LAND (TAX) OPTIONS WITHIN THE TIMBER PROGRAM
    There are two forest land assessment options from which individual landowners (fewer than 5,000 acres total statewide ownership) may choose. The individual owners must designate the option under which they want their lands assessed. They are required by law to place all of their timberland ownership statewide under the same option.

    Either option requires that landowners manage their timber as a crop that will be commercially harvested and sold (in part or whole) at some point in time. If landowners do not wish to raise their trees for harvest, they should not apply for this program.

    When land is accepted into the timber program, it is classified as timberland and is assessed at a lower rate per acre than full market value rates. The intent is to enable landowners to use the tax dollars saved to actively manage the timber for harvest. The rates vary in Idaho according to your land's location in one of four value zones within the State. Kootenai County is in Zone 1. The assessment rates per acre within each zone vary according to whether the land is graded as good, medium or poor production ground (production is how much tree growth occurs per acre, per year.). These production grades are placed by the Assessor's Office.

    For landowners with ownership of 5,000 or more acres, the forest tax law requires that the land be assessed under the Land Productivity tax option. For ownership of 5.0 acres to 5,000 acres, the owner may select either the Land Productivity option or the Bare Land and Yield option. A landowner must designate all their forestland in the State of Idaho under the same option.

  • LAND PRODUCTIVITY OPTION
    Under this option, every year the landowner pays taxes on the assessed value for the land and projected year growth. The owner does not pay taxes on the timber when it is harvested. When the timbered acres are removed from the timber program for any reason, the land is assessed at full market value. However, the landowner is not required to pay back taxes on the difference in value between full market value and the lower, taxable values placed on the land while it was in the program.

  • BARE LAND AND YIELD OPTION
    Under this option, the landowner defers a portion of the property tax to be paid later.
    • The assessed value is calculated using rates much lower than those for the Land Productivity option. The owner pays taxes on this lower value for the timberland every year as for any other type of property.
    • In addition, a 3% yield tax is billed on the value of the timber itself when it is harvested. An advantage of this option is that the property tax may be paid partly from the income generated by sale of the timber.
    • A 3% yield tax is also charged for timber removed from grazing and cropland; under the question "What is the Agriculture Program, and how do I apply?" see "Yield Tax."
    • When the land is removed from the Bare Land and Yield option or the timber program, deferred tax may be billed. This tax is based on the difference in total value between the Land Productivity option and the Bare Land and Yield option for the years the land was in the program, not to exceed ten (10) years, and less credit for any yield tax already paid. If the land is removed from the program because it is being developed, the deferred tax calculations are based on the difference between the Bare Land and Yield value and full market value.
    • A possible advantage of this option is that deferred tax may be paid out of the proceeds of the sale of the land. A possible disadvantage is that non-payment of deferred tax may result in a lien against the property.
    • Contact the Assessor's Office for information on calculation of yield and deferred tax.


  • LENGTH OF THE TIMBER PROGRAM
    The land remains in the program for as long as a landowner actively manages the land for eventual timber harvest. A landowner may remove the land from the program at any time, effective as of January 1 of the next year. Owners of 5.0 to 5,000 acres of timberland may elect to change the assessment (tax) option on all properties in the timber program in the State as of the ten-year anniversary of the 1982 Forest Tax Law. In 2012 owners could change the assessment option, effective January 1, 2013. The next opportunity to change options will be in 2022 to take effect in 2023.

  • FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION:
    Call the Assessor's Office and ask for the Timber Department.
    E-mail to gharnasch@kcgov.us

  • What is the Agricultural Program, and how do I apply?

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  • IDAHO CODE AND THE AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM
    Reference Idaho Codes 63-604 and 63-208. The Idaho Code describes agricultural land as land actively devoted to agriculture and a part of a bona fide profit-making agricultural venture. The land is further described as land:
    • Used to produce field crops, including, but not limited to, grains, feed crops, fruits, and vegetables; or
    • Used by the owner or bona fide lessee for grazing of livestock to be sold as part of a net profit-making enterprise; or
    • In a cropland retirement or rotation program.
    • Land shall not be classified or valued as agricultural land which is part of a platted subdivision with stated restrictions prohibiting its use for agricultural purposes.
    • Land utilized for grazing of a horse or other animals kept primarily for personal use or pleasure rather than as part of a bona fide profit-making agricultural enterprise shall not be considered to be land actively devoted to agriculture.


    The intent of the program is to encourage landowners to use their land to produce a marketable product for public consumption. For example, an owner may produce fruits and nuts from trees or graze their cattle on the grass or hay growing on the land. If the land must lie fallow for a period of time to improve future growth of crops or grazing ground and is in a government-sponsored program for this purpose, this land may be included even though it may not be producing a marketable product at the current time.

    Please contact the Timber/Agricultural Department of the Assessor's office if you need more information about agricultural products, qualifications for grazing horses and other animals, or crop retirement programs.

  • ACREAGE REQUIREMENTS
    • If the total area of such land, including the home site, is more than five contiguous acres (may be a group of separately assessed parcels with common boundaries), the owner may make initial application for the program. To continue the agricultural classification in future years, the owner must then ensure that the land continues to be devoted to agricultural use or show that it has been placed or continues to be in a crop retirement or rotation program.
    • If the total area of such land is five acres or less, the owner may make initial application and must show that the land was actively devoted to agriculture during the last three growing seasons and:
      • Agriculturally produces for sale or home consumption the equivalent of 15% or more of the owners' or lessees' annual gross income; or
      • Agriculturally produced gross revenues in the immediately preceding year of $1000 or more, including net income per sale of livestock. When the area is five acres or less, such land shall be presumed to be non-agricultural land until established that these requirements have been met.
      • The landowner must provide proof of these minimum incomes each year for the land to remain in qualification.


  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    Parcels larger than five acres: If the initial application is not received in the Assessor's office by March 15 of the year in which the owner is seeking the agricultural classification, it will be assumed that the land does not meet qualifications. For land that is five (5.0) acres or less in size: The landowner must submit the initial application and provide proof of income (from the year before) by March 15. Proof of minimum income must be provided by March 15 each year thereafter.

  • VALUATION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND
    When property is accepted into the agricultural program, it is classified as dry cropland, irrigated cropland, dry grazing, or irrigated grazing. There are a number of different assessment rates that apply to the land according to its ability to produce crops or grazing grasses. The value is calculated by multiplying the acres in the program by one of these rates, which are lower than the per acre rates for full market value, to obtain the taxable value. These rates are based on the income approach (potential income from the land), are provided by the State Tax Commission, and change each year. This program does not provide a true exemption but a reclassification according to the land's agricultural use. For more information about assessment rates, contact the Timber and Ag Department.

  • LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM
    The land remains in the program for as long as a landowner actively manages it as agricultural land, whether or not it produces crops or is in rotation. When land is removed from this program, it is then assessed at full market value. The landowner is not required to pay back taxes on the difference in value between full market value and the lower taxable values placed on the land while it was in the program.

  • YIELD TAX
    If the grazing ground is timbered or there are small areas of timbered ground included in the acres classified as cropland, the landowner will be required to pay a 3% yield tax on timber harvested and delivered to a mill. The agricultural rates per acre do not account for potential income from the trees. The total taxable value depends upon the species of trees and the quantity harvested (by the thousand board feet).

  • FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION:
    Call the Assessor's Office and ask for the Timber & Ag Department.
    E-mail to gharnasch@kcgov.us

  • How do I get the mailing address changed on my property?

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  • The Assessor's Office is responsible for maintaining the property database with the correct owner name and mailing address. The Change of Address Request may not be used to change the owner's name on a property.

  • In order to change the address, we need to be able to identify your property or properties. Please provide the Assessor's Parcel Number or alternate identification number (AIN).

  • In order to change the address that is on file in the Assessor's Office, please fill out the Address Change form which may be downloaded by clicking here. You may then click on the "Submit by e-mail" button on the bottom of the form or print it out and mail it to the address on the form.

  • You may send a written change of address. We can mail you the Change of Address Request form. However, it is acceptable to send your address change in a letter, on a post card, or Post Office change of address form. You may also send us a copy of your Assessment Notice or tax bill showing the change. Our mailing address is:

    P. O. Box 9000
    Coeur d'Alene ID 83816-9000


  • Several years ago, the County re-addressed rural lands (outside any city limits) for 911 purposes (for emergency vehicles to locate properties in emergencies). Some mailing addresses were changed using a computer conversion program. However, not all addresses were included in this change. It is up to the landowner to assure that we have the correct mailing address.

  • If you did not receive an Assessment Notice, contact the Assessor's Office to determine what address we have on record.

  • FOR QUESTIONS, CALL THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE.

  • How do I change the name of the owner(s) on my property?

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  • There are a variety of situations in which the ownership of a property or name on the property might change. These include, but are not limited to, sale of property, death of one of the owners, addition of owners, removal of owners, and foreclosure on a property. Circumstances can vary so widely that we cannot describe every situation here.

  • The Assessor's Office is not able to provide legal advice to owners or potential owners on how to handle a change of name/ownership. Therefore, we recommend that you contact a title company or an attorney to advise you on the procedure.

  • If you think that you have all the documentation needed to effect a name change, please bring it directly to the Assessor's Office. A mapping specialist will review the material to see if it is sufficient for us to process a name change.

  • For questions contact the Mapping Department in the Assessor's Office.

  • How do I correct the acreage on my property?

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  • Each situation involving a question of acreage or change in the acres is different and must be examined individually by a mapping specialist.

  • Acreage amendments need to be researched and calculated. Additional information supplied by the property owner may help in this regard. Please inform the Mapping Department of any surveys or description changes to your property that would be helpful in determining the proper acreage for any given parcel.

  • For more information contact the Mapping Department in the Assessor's Office.

  • How do I correct or change the boundaries of my property, such as a lot line adjustment?

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  • Each situation involving a change in boundaries is different and must be examined individually by a mapping specialist.

  • Changing the boundaries of properties may involve deeds for lot line adjustments between neighbors. A title company or surveyor can assist in the creation of the necessary documents to complete the lot line adjustment. A survey may be needed to comply with the requirements for State mapping standards.

  • The Assessor's Office cannot provide legal advice or assist you in the creation or amendment of documents or surveys.

  • For more information contact the Mapping Department in the Assessor's Office.

  • How do I convert my manufactured home into real property? Can I reverse a manufactured home from real property to personal property?

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  • Please refer to the instructions on the back of the form, "Statement of Intent to Declare Manufactured Home to Real Property." Obtain a form called a "Statement of Intent to Declare Manufactured Home to Real Property" from the Assessor's Office. A Deputy Assessor signs the form verifying that the land and home are under the same ownership.

  • The owner then contacts the building department located within their jurisdiction (Kootenai County for properties in the County outside any city limits; otherwise, Coeur d'Alene City Building Department, Post Falls City Building Department, etc.) for inspection to verify the home is set according to Idaho Code 63-304.

  • The owner then has his/her signature notarized and returns the completed "Statement of Intent" form, along with the original title to the manufactured home, to the Recorder's Office to record both documents. The Recorder's office will return the original "Statement of Intent" and original title to the owner. Taxes for the manufactured home must be prepaid if there is an existing assessment.

  • After recording, the owner takes the original "Statement of Intent" form and original title (NO COPIES) to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV forwards the documents to the Idaho Department of Transportation in Boise, and this office will eliminate the title for the manufactured home.

    CAN I REVERSE A MANUFACTURED HOME FROM REAL PROPERTY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY?

  • Obtain a form from the Assessor's Office called a "Reversal of Declaration of Manufactured Home to Real Property."

  • The owner prepays the current year's property taxes on the home in the Treasurer's Office. If necessary, obtain a permission letter from the lender on the mortgage.

  • The owner then has his/her signature notarized and then recorded in the Recorder's Office.

  • The owner takes the recorded "Reversal of Declaration" form (the original) to the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a receipt of title. The new title is issued by the Idaho Department of Transportation in Boise.

  • For more information on the above procedures, contact the "Mobile Home" Department in the Assessor's Office.

  • How do I change the location of my manufactured home? How do I change ownership on my manufactured home?

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  • The owner must first prepay the current year's property taxes on the manufactured home. A mover will not hook onto the home for transport unless the owner provides the receipt from the Treasurer's Office showing that the taxes are prepaid.

  • Please notify the "Mobile Home" Department in the Assessor's Office of the change of location and/or mailing address for Assessment Notices.

    HOW DO I CHANGE OWNERSHIP ON MY MANUFACTURED HOME?

  • THE TITLE IS THE LEGAL OWNERSHIP. Obtain a form from the Assessor's Office. The current year's property taxes on the home must be prepaid. The new owner takes the Treasurer's prepaid tax receipt to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the title changed.

  • If the manufactured home is your primary residence that you are occupying, apply to the "Mobile Home" Department of the Assessor's Office for the Homeowners Exemption.

  • For questions or more information about the above procedures, contact the Mobile Home Department of the Assessor's Office.

  • Frequently asked questions regarding personal property.

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  • WHAT IS PERSONAL PROPERTY?

    Taxable personal property consists of items used commercially, such as furniture, fixtures, art, logging and construction equipment, signs, unregistered aircraft and unregistered watercraft. It also includes items used commercially for convenience, decoration, service, or storage. Please contact the Assessor's Office with specific questions.

  • WHAT PERSONAL PROPERTY IS ASSESSED?

    All personal property in Idaho, unless expressly exempt, is subject to assessment and taxation. Forms for your use in listing of personal property are available from the Assessor's Office.

  • WHAT IF SOMEONE DOES NOT REPORT PERSONAL PROPERTY?

    The County Assessor is required to assess property that is not declared. The assessment is estimated based upon the best information available.

  • AT WHAT VALUE IS PERSONAL PROPERTY ASSESSED?

    Personal property is assessed at retail market value. This value includes shipping and installation costs. Several methods are used to arrive at the value. Depreciation tables, sales information, cost guides, and other resources are used in this process.

  • HOW ARE MY PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES DETERMINED?

    The Assessor does not determine tax amounts. The amount of taxes is determined by the budgets of the taxing districts in which the personal property is located.

  • WHAT IF I CLOSE OR SELL MY BUSINESS?

    If you sell or close your business during the year, you should contact the Assessor's Office as soon as possible. The Assessor will explain how the assessment will be handled.

  • QUESTIONS?

    Call the Assessor's Office at (208) 446-1500
    E-mail to ghill@kcgov.us

  • Frequently asked questions about registering and titling vehicles in Idaho.

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  • WHAT VEHICLES MUST BE REGISTERED AND TITLED IN IDAHO?

    Generally, any vehicle operated on public highways must be registered and titled. Also, various boats and watercraft are required to be titled. Any motorized boat used on Idaho waterways must be registered.

    Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles if you need to:

    TITLE
    Passenger cars and pickups
    Trucks (non-commercial and commercial)
    Buses
    Motor homes
    Motorcycles/motorbikes
    ATV's (all terrain vehicles)
    UTV's (utility-type vehicles)
    Pickup mounted campers
    Travel trailers
    Snowmobiles
    Taxis
    Ambulances
    Any trailers over 2000 pounds
    Wreckers
    Boats/watercraft, year 2000 and newer


    Mobile homes and manufactured homes (usually need a pre-paid tax receipt from the Treasurer's Office)

    REGISTRATIONS
    All of the above, plus:
    Snowmobile groomers
    Pickup mounted campers
    Boats
    Boat trailers
    Utility trailers
    Rental trailers
    Commercial trailers
    Off-highway stickers
    Restricted use plates
    Temporary handicap placards


    Invasive species fees are tied to the boat registrations.

  • WHEN MUST I REGISTER AND TITLE MY VEHICLE?

    You must register and title your vehicle when you become a resident of Idaho. For the purposes of vehicle registration and titling, you become a resident of Idaho when you have had your principal home within Idaho for 90 days (this does not include your workplace, vacation home, or part-time residence). However, you may declare residency at any time earlier than that and register and title your vehicle at that time. To declare residency, go to the Department of Motor Vehicles of the Kootenai County Assessor's Office, state that you are an Idaho resident, and provide your address.



  • WHERE DO I GO TO REGISTER AND TITLE MY VEHICLE?

    You can register vehicles in Kootenai County at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 451 Government Way in Coeur d'Alene or at the Post Falls Motor Vehicles Office, 120 E. Railroad Avenue. Generally, office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


  • WHAT SHOULD I BRING WHEN APPLYING FOR MY VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND TITLE?

    • Bring the vehicle you want to title and register.
      You will need to have the vehicle identification number (VIN) inspected. This inspection can generally be performed by a deputy of either the Department of Motor Vehicles (Assessor's Office) or the County Sheriff's Office. All Idaho dealers or law enforcement agencies can do Vehicle Identification Number inspections.

    • Bring the vehicle's current title and registration.
      If the vehicle has not been titled in your name, be sure the title has been signed over to you by the seller and that you have a bill of sale from the seller. If a lien holder holds the title, bring the lien holder's name and address. If your title has been lost, you will need to apply for a duplicate title from the state of issuance.

    • Bring your personal identification.
      This could be a driver's license, identification card, etc.

    • Bring cash or a check associated with a local bank for payment of the applicable taxes and fees. We also accept debit and credit cards for which there is a charge equal to 3% of the dollar amount charged.

    • Late Filing Penalty
      A $20.00 late filing penalty can be charged if you do not have a title in your name and you have been living in Idaho for 120 days. The late filing penalty applies to any Idaho resident who does not apply for title within 30 days of the purchase of either a titled vehicle or a titled vessel.

    • County Fees
      For other fees Kootenai County may charge, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles.


  • WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VEHICLE TITLING AND LICENSING?

    Kootenai County Assessor's Office
    Department of Motor Vehicles

    Coeur d'Alene Office
    451 Government Way
    P. O. Box 9000
    Coeur d'Alene ID 83816-9000
    (208) 446-1580
    (208) 446-1580

    Post Falls Office
    120 E. Railroad Avenue
    Post Falls ID 83854
    (208) 446-1590
    The Idaho Transportation Department
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    3311 State Street (83707)
    P. O. Box 7129
    Boise ID 83707-1129
    (208) 334-8000
    Web Site: http://www2.state.id.us/itd/index.htm

  • How many taxing districts are there?

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    Click here for taxing district information.


    Board of Commissioners

    What is the function of the Board of County Commissioners?

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    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 each Tuesday to take official action on County business, and conduct Planning Deliberation meetings each Thursday. The Board also sits as the Board of Equalization to consider property assessment appeals and various tax-related issues.

    What is the function of the Board of Equalization?

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    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) sits as the Board of Equalization (BOE) at times designated by Idaho Code 63-501 to consider tax exemption applications and property assessment appeals. Application forms for tax exemptions can be found here; Property Tax Exemption forms may be found here.

    When does the Board of County Commissioners meet?

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    The BOCC meets in an administrative capacity on a daily basis, as necessary to conduct the business of the County. Official actions of the BOCC take place at the Public Meeting each Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., as well as Planning Deliberations held each Thursday at 9 a.m., and at various public hearings. Agendas and Minutes of Meetings can be found here.

    What is included in the "Public Meeting" agenda?

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    Typical Public Meeting agenda items include contracts, ordinances, various resolutions, grant applications/agreements, advisory board appointments, and liquor license applications.

    How can I meet with the Board of County Commissioners?

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    Meetings can be requested by phone at (208) 446-1600, or by using a Meeting Request Form. Due to public records law, it is necessary to provide the requested information concerning meetings before a meeting can be scheduled.

    Which Commissioner represents which District?

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    Idaho Code 31-702 requires that a person reside within the county for one year prior to election, and in the district for which they are seeking office for 90 days prior to election. The commissioners serve as a board, requiring a quorum of two members for decisions.

    What are the advisory boards used by the County?

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    Applications can be downloaded here. Questions about membership requirements may be directed to kcbocc@kcgov.us.

    How many dogs can I have before I need a kennel license, and how do I go about getting one?

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    Kootenai County Ordinance No. 174-A, Section 3.(s), requires a kennel license in circumstances where a person maintains five (5) or more dogs, six months of age or older. Kennel license applications are available here. or by calling (208) 446-1600.

    How do I apply for Tax Exemption on properties?

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    Tax exemption applications must be received at the Commissioners' Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th Monday in June of each year. Applications are available here, or by calling (208) 446-1600.

    How do I appeal my property assessed value?

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    Idaho Code allows for appeal of the current year property value to the Board of Equalization until the 4th Monday of June each year. Appeals must be filed on the form provided by the County Commissioners, which may be requested at kcbocc@kcgov.us, or (208) 446-1600.

    What is a Hardship Exemption?

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    County Commissioners have authority to waive delinquent taxes and/or penalty and interest in circumstances where a temporary hardship is found to exist. Applications may be obtained through the Commissioners' Office at (208) 446-1600.

    Where can I get a list of properties that did not sell at the Tax Deed sale?

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    The County Treasurer maintains a listing of properties that have been taken to tax deed, and did not sell at public auction. Once these properties have been through the auction process, the County may accept sealed bids from individuals interested in purchasing the property. The most recent list of properties that have been taken to tax deed may be viewed here.

    Where can I get a County employment application?

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    Information about current openings at the County and job application forms may be obtained here. They are also available at the Information Center, located on the main floor of the County Administration Building, 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene.

    Where is the Unemployment Office (Job Service)?

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    The State Department of Labor is located at 1221 W. Ironwood Drive, and they have a 24-hour job listing information line at (208) 769-1550.


    County Assistance

    Where is Kootenai County Assistance located?

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    This office is located at 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on the second floor, also known as the "main floor," of the Administration Building, next to the old County courthouse.

    How can this office be contacted?

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    208-769-4427
    Fax: 208-769-4490

    What are the hours and days of service?

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    Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except recognized holidays.

    Who is the administrator of this office?

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    Marla Lewis, Manager

    Is this department governed by any regulations?

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    Yes: Idaho Code Chapters 34 and 35.

    What is the function of Kootenai County Assistance?

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    This is an emergency assistance office for Kootenai County residents only to apply for the following types of assistance: Medical, dental extractions, rent, utilities, heat sources, and burial or cremation.

    How would a prospective applicant apply?

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    Go to the office to get additional, more detailed information and to pick up the paperwork and schedule an appointment if appropriate. The application process to determine eligibility requires completing an application, submitting various documents, and attending a scheduled interview.

    What happens if I come in for my interview without all the required information and documentation?

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    Your appointment will be rescheduled.

    How long do I have to be a resident of Kootenai County prior to seeking assistance?

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    Thirty (30) consecutive days (proof required)

    Will there be a lien placed on my real and personal property?

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    Pursuant to Idaho Code 31-3504(4), upon receipt of an application for medical, dental, or prescription assistance, an automatic lien is placed on all present and future real and personal property of the applicant.

    Are there application time limits?

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    Yes. An application for non-emergency medical services shall be filed ten (10) days prior to receiving services from the provider. An application for emergency necessary medical services shall be made any time within thirty-one (31) days beginning with the first day of the provision of necessary medical services from the provider.

    If approved, will I be required to repay the assistance?

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    Yes. Either in monthly payments or by a work off arrangement.


    District Court

    Where should I park if I am on Jury Duty?

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    Juror parking is directly north of the courthouse. If that lot is full, there is on-street parking on both sides of Garden Avenue in the Courthouse block.

    When my trial is finished, am I done?

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    Jurors may serve or go through selection on more than one jury trial during their one-week term of service.

    What should I do if I move out of the area?

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    If you have moved out of Kootenai County and are now a resident in a different county or state, please provide us with your new address. A form is included with your questionnaire packet.

    I got a notice for a family member that is away. What should I do?

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    If you have an individual in your family who has been sent a questionnaire but is in college or in active military service outside Kootenai County, you may write that information on the form provided in the questionnaire packet, sign your name as spouse, parent, etc., and return it on their behalf.

    I got a notice for a family member who is now deceased. What should I do?

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    Unfortunately, our Master Jury List is not connected with Bureau of Vital Statistics records and we do not receive timely information on deaths. If you receive a questionnaire for someone who is deceased, please write that information on the questionnaire, along with their name, sign as parent, spouse, etc., and return to us.


    Juvenile Detention

    How do I receive phone calls from my child?

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    Juveniles are provided an opportunity for one collect phone call per day and are restricted to calling only parents, grandparents, legal guardians, probation officer, and attorneys. They cannot receive incoming calls.

    Juveniles can only call numbers that have been approved and added by our staff to our system. Be sure to contact us so that we may verify your number. When you click on the Telmate link below, follow directions for Friends and Family and make a deposit to your number. You will not be able to find the Juvenile by name.

    Click here to apply money toward your phone number.

    Who can visit juveniles?

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    Authorized Visitors during regular visitation is PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS and LEGAL GUARDIANS.

    When are the visiting times?

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    Regular Visiting: Saturdays and Sundays 2:30-4:00pm. No appointment needed.

    Special visitation: By appointment only. Call shift supervisor (446-1900) on the day/time requested for the visit. Special visits may not be permitted on Fridays. Special visitation is reserved for siblings and those who are unable to attend regular visitation. Other visits may be granted on a case by case basis.

    What are the rules when I visit my child?

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    1. All visits are No Contact and Visitors must sign in prior to entry.

    2. Picture identification must be presented each time you visit to verify your identity.

    3. Visitors are routinely requested to empty their pockets prior to entering for visits, and may be subject to a search. If visitors refuse, their visitation may be denied.

    4. Visitors will be denied access to the facility if they are believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    5. Personal property and/or anything that could be considered hazardous and/or dangerous is not allowed inside the facility. This includes, but is not limited to, all purses, sunglasses, wallets, cigarette lighters, matches, pocketknives, large belt buckles, etc.

    6. Visitors must remove any chewing tobacco, gum, or candy from their mouths prior to entering the secure part of the facility.

    7. If a visitor passes contraband or other unauthorized items to JDC residents, the visitor's right to visit will be suspended and/or permanently denied. Any passing of contraband will result in a criminal complaint being filed against the visitor.

    8. The following clothing items are not permitted during visitation: Swimsuits, Tank tops, Tube tops, Jackets or coats, Revealing shorts, Bare feet or See-through shirts/blouses

    Does my child have access to medical care?

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    Yes, the facility Nurse works Monday-Friday. Please advise staff of any medical issues, including medication requirements, allergies or any special care instructions.

    Is there a Mental Health Clinician?

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    Yes, the facility Clinician works Monday-Friday. The Clinician works with other agencies to help connect juveniles with services when necessary and conducts risk assessments. Formal Counseling is not conducted.

    Can juveniles receive mail?

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    Juveniles may receive mail and are given 2 stamps per week if they wish to send mail. Additional stamps can be brought in for them if desired. A return address is required and must include full name & address of sender.

    Example of addressing mail:

    (Name of Juvenile)
    c/o Juvenile Detention Center
    PO Box 9000
    Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816

    What can I bring in to my child?

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    • Books, NOT hardcover. They can have up to 4 in their room at a time. Books remain in facility.

    • Deck of Cards (Must be new and in sealed package)

    • Carmex or similar (In squeeze tube, sealed bubble package)

    • Photographs-no Polaroid type (up to 5)

    • Magazines (from list below)


      • Sports Illustrated
      • Reader's Digest
      • Car and Driver
      • Popular Mechanics
      • Newsweek
      • Field and Stream
      • Sound and Vision
      • Snowboarder
      • People
      • Dirt Bike
      • Stereo Review
      • Popular Science
      • Teen People
      • Teen Skiing
      • Sports Illustrated for Kids
      • Better Homes and Gardens Time


    Parks & Waterways

    Is a fee required to launch at Kootenai County Launches?

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    Some County launches require a fee. Click here to view list of launches-
    Fees are as follows:

    Vessels registered in Idaho:

    Daily launch fee of $4 per facility per day.
    Annual pass is $20 per year
    Second vehicle sticker is $5.

    Vessels registered outside of Idaho:

    Daily launch fee of $8 per facility per day. Annual pass is $40 per year. Second vehicle sticker is $5.

    Daily fees are valid on the date of purchase until 11:59 p.m. Annual passes can be purchased online by clicking here and are valid from the date of purchase through December 31 of that year.

    Fee envelopes and drop boxes are available at each facility for purchase of launch fees. Annual passes will be available for purchase at the Parks and Waterways office located at 10905 N. Ramsey Road in Hayden, Idaho. Office hours are 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. They are also available for purchase at the County Admin Building, at the Commissioner's Office on the 3rd floor.

    Is a fee required to park at Kootenai County Launches?

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    A fee is not required to park at a County boat launch; however you cannot park in a "vehicles with trailer only" space unless you are towing a boat trailer.

    Is a fee required for launching a kayak or canoe without a trailer?

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    A fee is not required to launch without a trailer; however you cannot park in a "vehicles with trailer only" space.

    How long can I park or moor at a Kootenai County facility?

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    Parking and moorage is limited to 48 hours in a 72 hour period.

    Is the Idaho State Parks pass valid at Kootenai County Launches?

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    The Idaho State Parks pass is only valid at State owned facilities; not County managed launches. (click here for list)

    Can we reserve County facilities for group use?

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    Kootenai County Parks & Waterways offers reservations for boat moorage at four locations and for sheltered areas at two of our facilities. Beginning January 1st of each year, we will begin accepting reservations for family reunions, class reunions, company picnics, or other types of get-togethers that are scheduled for that year.

    Boat moorage reservations will be accepted for dock space at Mowry Park, Carlin Bay, Loff's Bay and Harrison Public Docks. Moorage reservations can be made for up to three days at Carlin Bay and Loff's Bay, five days at Harrison; and seven days at Mowry Park. Stern moorage is required at the Harrison Public Docks for vessels 30' or longer.

    The sheltered areas offer grills and picnic tables located under an overhead structure. The reservation is for a single shelter for one day at a time at Hauser Park and multiple days at Mowry State Park. The following is a description of the two facilities:


    • Hauser Park

      One 30'x40' shelter with two grills and three picnic tables. A swimming beach, modular playground equipment, basketball court, drinking fountain, large open play field, and vault toilets makes this facility a fun place to visit. No electricity is available at this time.


    • Mowry Park

      (Boat Access Only).Two 20'x40' shelters are available at this facility. Each shelter has two grills and six picnic tables. Shelter #1 is closest to the docks. Camping is permitted at this unique boater access only facility. Several campsites are located in close proximity to each of the two shelters. Camping is also available in areas away from the shelters. We are not taking reservations for campsites this time; they are first come, first served. Numerous moorage docks, a vault toilet, and over 130 acres of park to explore make this a great boater destination.



    All fees must be paid in advance to reserve the requested date of your event. Please mail your reservation with payment enclosed, deliver it to our office during business hours (Monday through-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm). Or visit our reservation webpage.

    Other public agencies in the area accept reservations for public facilities. These agencies include the Bureau of Land Management (208) 769-5000; the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (208) 769-1511; the City of Coeur d'Alene (208) 769-2252; the City of Post Falls (208) 773-0539; and the U.S. Forest Service (208) 765-7223.

    How do I obtain a permit for construction and installation of a private dock at my waterfront property?

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    The Idaho Department of Lands permits the installation of docks on navigable waters within the State of Idaho. For encroachment permit applications, contact their office at 3706 Industrial Ave. South, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815; (208) 769-1577.

    How can I have a No Wake buoy deployed in front of my lakeshore residence?

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    The Idaho Department of Lands is the governing agency for all encroachments and requires all permit applications for regulatory markers/buoys be submitted by another governmental agency (city, county, or state). In order for Kootenai County to sponsor a regulatory buoy/marker, The Kootenai County Parks and Waterways Advisory Board has an application process for private parties who wish to request the placement of regulatory buoys or markers on or near the public waters within Kootenai County. For instructions and application form, visit our link "No Wake Policy".

    Is a boater safety course required in Idaho?

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    The boater safety course is not required, however you are encouraged to learn about boater safety.

    http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/boating

    Which snowmobile trails are open?

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    For information on snowmobiling in Kootenai County, please call the U.S. Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station at (208) 664-2318.

    How do I contact other public agencies?

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    Bureau of Land Management (208) 769-5000
    Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (208) 769-1511
    City of Coeur d'Alene: (208) 769-2252
    City of Post Falls: (208) 773-0539
    U.S. Forest Service: (208) 765-7223
    Idaho Department of Lands: (208) 769-1577

    I need information on how to have my household water turned off/on.

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    Kootenai County Parks and Waterways does not have jurisdiction over private water use. The responsibilities of our department include maintaining safe and navigable waterways, boating access (public launches and docks), providing marine pump-outs on area lakes, and the maintenance and improvement of various parks and trails in Kootenai County. To contact North Kootenai Water District call 208-687-6593.

    Is the water level of Lake Coeur d'Alene going to change?

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    Lake Coeur d'Alene is a natural lake with a restricted outlet. The Post Falls Dam located nine miles downstream of the outlet on the Spokane River does not affect the lake's outlet flow capacity. During the spring and winter, when inflows exceed the natural outlet flow capacity the lake rises. When inflows are less than the natural outlet flow capacity, the lake level falls. Typically, Avista maintains the lake at summer elevation after runoff through the first part of September. Avista attempts to lower the lake 7.5' by the end of January each year. Depending upon the weather, Lake Coeur d'Alene is on free flow discharge from January until after runoff. The level reached (both low and high level) depends entirely upon precipitation and temperature.

    For more information on water levels in Kootenai County visit the following sites:

    http://avistacorp.com
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/spokane


    Planning

    Is my parcel buildable?

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    Several components are considered when determining whether or not a parcel is eligible to receive a building permit. There are some questions you may want to consider:

    • Do I have an approved approach from a public road, and, if not, do I have a deeded ingress/egress easement to allow me to use the private road?
    • Do I have septic approval?
    • Was my lot legally created?
    • Does my lot meet the minimum lot size for my zoning classification?
    • Because of the complexity of this issue, you should discuss your particular situation with a planner.

    What is my zoning?

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    The areas within the County have different zoning classifications. If you are able to provide the Building and Planning Department with either a parcel number or serial number, we will research your zoning classification.

    Am I located in a Flood Zone?

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    Similar to determining zoning, the Building and Planning Department has several Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), these map out several sections of the County which may or may not be located within a flood prone area. If you provide a planner with a parcel number, a flood zone determination will be given to you.

    Do I have septic approval for my site?

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    The Building and Planning Department does not have that information. This information can be obtained from the Panhandle Health District.

    What are my property dimensions and/or where are my property corners located?

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    In rare instances, the Building and Planning Department will have that information. Another source for this information is the Assessor's office or your deed. If your property has been surveyed, you should be able to locate the corner monuments with a metal detector. If the property has not been surveyed, it may be necessary to hire a surveyor to accurately locate the property lines.

    Am I located within the City or am I in an unincorporated area of the County?

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    If your parcel number begins with a letter, you are a city resident and you would call the city for planning and zoning issues. Bayview is the exception and the County has jurisdiction. All other parcel numbers are in an unincorporated area of the County.

    May I have two residences on my property?

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    Some zones within the County allow duplexes. Another option may be the approval of an accessory living unit, provided your lot meets the requirements set out in the Zoning Ordinance. If your property is located over the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, a minimum of ten acres is required. Please consult the Planning Department regarding your specific situation.

    Are there any restrictions on placing mobile homes in the County?

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    Manufactured homes constructed prior to June 15, 1976, must obtain rehabilitation Certificate of Conformance prior to application of a building permit. As well, in the Restricted Residential and Agricultural Suburban zones, manufactured homes must meet specific Class A criteria outlined in the Rules and Definitions portion of the Zoning Ordinance.

    Can I subdivide my land?

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    In order to subdivide land, usually you must go through a platting process. Exemptions to the platting process are very limited. Currently two options exist for the subdivision of land: (a) minor subdivision or (b) major subdivision. A planner can help you determine which option is best for your situation. The only zone that prohibits land division is the Agricultural zone.

    I think my neighbor is not in compliance to zoning regulations. What can I do?

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    A Code Enforcement officer is on staff and shares duties between the Planning and Building departments. If you have concerns about a potential zoning violation, contact the Planning Department to begin an investigation.


    Prosecuting Attorney

    When I report a crime to the police, will I be required to sign a criminal complaint?

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    You do not need to sign a criminal complaint if you report a crime. However, the officer may ask you to sign a copy of the citation if you desire to make a citizen's arrest or if you witnessed a misdemeanor crime.

    Please describe what happens after a criminal complaint is filed?

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    The defendant receives a copy of the complaint from the court after a criminal complaint is filed. The defendant is required to be present at a first after the prosecutor receives a copy of the complaint. At the first appearance, an attorney is appointed if the defendant cannot afford an attorney. A trail date is set within six months. For a felony crime, a preliminary hearing date is set after the first appearance. The victim and cert6ain other witnesses may be required to appear at the preliminary hearing. The State needs to only establish probable cause at the preliminary hearing, and if done, the magistrate judge sends the case to the highest court (District Court) for a trial within six months.

    Why does the Prosecutor's Office plea bargain with criminals?

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    The prosecutor will only "plea bargain" if this results in a "bargain" for the victim and the citizens. For instance, the prosecutor may dismiss one criminal count if the defendant pleads guilty to another similar count. This may occur if the punishment will be the same whether the defendant pleads to one count or multiple counts. A plea bargain often means the victim will not need to testify. It also means a speedier disposition of the case. Generally, the prosecutor is reluctant to plea bargain cases which involve children, violence, and repeat offenders. The victim will always be consulted prior to a plea bargain. The sad reality is that many cases are forced to be plea bargained because there are insufficient judges, courtrooms, prosecutors, defense counsel and money to take thousands of criminal cases to trial annually. In 2004, over 1200 felony cases and over 3000 misdemeanor cases were filed.

    How do I get a restraining order?

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    If your case enters the criminal justice system, the prosecutor can ask the judge that the defendant have no contact with the victim and other persons. Victims of personal acquaintance and family violence can also go to the criminal clerk in the courthouse to obtain a "No Contact Order". No lawyer is needed to obtain this order.

    What happens when I go to court to get a restraining order?

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    You should contact the Victim-Witness Coordinator or the Domestic Violence Advocate at the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office at 446-1800, if you need assistance in obtaining a No Contact Order. Generally, you will be asked to state the reasons under oath that you need protection.


    Recorder

    How do I apply for a marriage license in Idaho?

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    Click here for the Adobe Acrobate File regarding this question.


    Solid Waste

    What is a transfer station?

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    A transfer station is a facility where refuse is separated and processed for either recycling or shipment to a landfill.

    When is the Transfer Station Open?

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    The transfer station is open to the general public seven days a week. The entry gate opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:55 p.m. We request that everyone have their vehicles unloaded and out of the facility by 5:00 p.m. daily.

    Where is the Transfer Station located?

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    The transfer station is located at 3650 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene. The closest cross streets are Appleway (to the South) and Kathleen Avenue (to the North). Watch for the signs in the center median on Ramsey Road.

    There is also a transfer station in Post Falls located at 15580 W. Prairie Avenue.

    Does the County pickup my garbage?

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    No. Kootenai County only provides transfer station and landfill services. You must contact a private hauler to pick up your garbage at your home or business.

    Who picks up garbage in Kootenai County?

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    The following companies provides garbage collection services in Kootenai County.

    Waste Management of Idaho -- 765-4968
    City of Worley (within city limits only)
    Lenz Sanitation -- 765-5233
    Southlake Services -- 686-9262
    Harrison Sanitation -- 689-3215
    Coeur d'Alene Garbage/Post Falls Sanitation -- 457-1820

    Is the landfill located on Ramsey Road?

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    No. The facility at Ramsey Road is simply a transfer station. Garbage is no longer buried at this site. All garbage is put into trailers and hauled to the landfill at Fighting Creek on Highway 95, south of Coeur d'Alene.

    How much will it cost to bring my garbage to the Transfer Station?

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    Residents of Kootenai County pay an annual fee that is included in their tax statement. Upon payment of the annual fee, residents are permitted to dispose of up to 2000 lbs. of household waste and yard debris associated with their residential property for free (Note: Roofing materials and tires on rims are charged to everyone). There may be additional fees for disposal of certain items. Please refer to the Fee Structure Page for more details.

    I live closer to the Fighting Creek landfill than the transfer station. Can I bring my garbage directly to the landfill?

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    No. The landfill is not designed to handle traffic from the general public. All garbage is unloaded from the transfer trailers directly into the landfill area. All access is designed for heavy equipment and semi-trucks.

    I cannot get a garbage service to come to my home and the transfer station is too far. What are my options?

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    The county operates a rural collection system for general household garbage. There are 16 different locations throughout the county which have refuse containers for the use and convenience of our rural residents. For limitations on what is accepted at these rural sites, please refer to the Rural Collection Section of this web site.

    When can I dispose of Paint, Gasoline and other Household Hazardous Waste?

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    The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection sites are located at the Ramsey Transfer Station in Coeur d'Alene with collection days on Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Prairie Avenue Transfer Station in Post Falls with collection days on Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please wait for a technician to assist you at the facility. Do not leave your materials outside the gates. No hazardous waste can be collected at any other time. This service is for residential customers only. There is a 5-gallon liquid limit per collection day.

    Why don't you recycle any other items?

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    Certainly there are more materials capable of being recycled than what is collected through the Kootenai County recycling programs. However, the key to successful programs is locating markets first, then establishing collections.

    Idaho, unlike Washington or Oregon, does not mandate recycling. These other states have mandated requirements of waste reduction and recycling which have attracted both large and small processors and end users to their areas. These companies are assured a flow of materials due to the state mandates and taxpayer subsidies. Idaho does not have any such mandates or industries at this time. We ship our materials to distant markets and are therefore subject to the high costs of shipping.

    As local markets open and become available, our collection will continue to expand.

    How can I dispose of Asbestos?

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    The disposal of Asbestos is governed by the EPA. There are specific requirements that must be met before the disposal of Asbestos can take place. There are specific forms that must accompany each and every load that is brought for disposal. Please see the section on Asbestos for further details.

    Can we take a tour of the facilities?

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    The Solid Waste Department provides guided tours of the Landfill and Transfer Station facilities. Please contact the Administration office at (208) 446-1430 to make arrangements for tours.

    What does the Solid Waste Fee with my property tax billing pay?

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    The intent of the residential solid waste fee is for normal household waste, created by day to day residential living. The fee is based on a residential lifestyle that creates normal waste not to exceed three (3) thiry-two (32) gallon cans per week.

    Waste such as vehicle tires, vehicle batteries, roofing materials, construction or demolition materials, appliances, furniture, carpet, large bulky items, wood or wood products, and hazardous materials are not covered under the residential solid waste fee. These wastes and others materials may be subject to additional charges.


    Treasurer / Tax Collector

    When are property taxes due?

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    Property taxes are due December 20th and June 20th of each year. The first half is due and payable in December with the balance due the following June.

    When are personal property taxes due?

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    Personal property taxes are due on the same dates as stated above. However, if a payment deadline is missed, the entire tax becomes due and payable along with any accrued late charge and interest.

    Do you accept partial payments?

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    We accept payment for less than the amount due. However, late charge and interest will be applied to the unpaid balance.

    What is the late charge and interest rates?

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    Late charge is 2% of the unpaid balance and is applied on December 21. Interest is accrued beginning January 1 and the rate as directed by State Code is 1% per month. If the full tax is not paid by June 20, interest on the unpaid tax will accrue from January 1. If less than half the tax is received by December 20 interest will be applied to the unpaid balance beginning January 1.


    Main County Administration Building
    Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
    Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
    Click here for directions to the County Administration Building and Courthouse.
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