Bannock County Commissioners

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11/27/2019

The Bannock County Commissioners would like to issue a statement regarding the interaction between Commissioner Terrel N. Tovey, Pocatello City Council Elect Christine Stevens, and the Bannock County Commissioner’s Office staff.

Late this summer, Ms. Christine Stevens and Mr. Mike Larkin submitted a request to the Bannock County Commissioners Office (cited by the Gateway Coalition for Change) for the Commissioners to evaluate 40+ roads the Coalition identified as public access roads with access to public lands within the County. Commission staff accepted the request and advised this was an item the Commission wished to have reviewed by the County’s legal department and researched by County staff in preparation for a Commissioners meeting. A few meetings have occurred since the request was received, with the last meeting being held on November 6, 2019. Ms. Stevens was advised of this meeting after she contacted the County Prosecutor inquiring on the status of her request. On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Pocatello City Council Elect Stevens and Mr. Larkin came to the Bannock County Commissioners Office to discuss the pending request. The following is a statement obtained from the Commissioner’s staff member who exchanged conversation with Stevens and Larkin:

“Around 8:50 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Chris Stevens and Mike Larkin came into the Commissioner’s office. I greeted them with “Good Morning, how can I help you”? Chris started by stating that a few months ago they had brought in paperwork with regards to public access roads in Bannock County and wanted to know where we were in the process. I acknowledged the paperwork and informed her that we were working on their request. She, being incredibly firm in tone, began to berate and demean the competency of the Commission and their staff, stating repeatedly that she believes the Commission has done nothing on their issue or any other for that matter. She said that she has not heard from the Commission be it through email, text or phone conversation. I assured her that Commissioner Moser, Tiffany Olsen (Chief of Staff) and Brett Grayson (Public Works Director) had recently met on the matter. It was incredibly difficult to get a word in edgewise with Ms. Stevens. As time progressed, it occurred to me that she didn’t come in to have a civil conversation. Ms. Stevens did not want to talk. She lobbied complaint after complaint without giving me a chance to speak. Commissioner Tovey stepped out of a meeting when he heard Ms. Stevens raise her voice to me. Commissioner Tovey said “Ms. Stevens, I need you to stop talking to my staff this way” although he was unable to complete his sentence because Ms. Stevens interrupted him, raised her voice above his and continued to talk down to us. Commissioner Tovey kept a decent distance from Ms. Stevens and was never 10 to 12 inches away from her. Commissioner Tovey did not wave his finger at her. He does talk with his hands; however he was not using them to intimidate her. When Ms. Stevens reached for her phone, Commissioner Tovey left the office to get the Court Marshals. I pushed the Court Marshals panic button in an effort for them to respond immediately. The Court Marshals responded and requested Ms. Stevens and Mr. Larkin leave the Courthouse. I heard the Court Marshals ask Ms. Stevens to leave twice before she and Mr. Larkin left the Courthouse.”

As you can see from the very detailed remarks from our staff documenting the interaction, Ms. Stevens’ report of the conversation contains several inconsistencies. We find it extremely disheartening Commissioner Tovey is being portrayed in such an unforgiving light. Our staff has expressed their gratitude for Commissioner Tovey’s involvement which led to the removal of Ms. Stevens and Mr. Larkin.

We commend the Bannock County Court Marshals for their immediate response to the Commission staff notification when their services were needed. The Court Marshals followed protocol and maintained a level of professionalism during the incident. We are proud to have skilled Court Marshals on our team; keeping not only citizens within the Court facilities safe but also all of our employees.

The County Commissioners office staff practices proper etiquette in the delivery of public service to each and every citizen; this includes all current Elected Officials and those elected but yet to be sworn into public service. The citizens of Bannock County should feel comfortable and safe in not only the Commissioners Offices but all County facilities.

Sincerely,
Commissioners Steve Brown, Terrel N. Tovey, and Ernie Moser

08/06/2019

The Board of Commissioners are holding a public meeting, tomorrow August 7th with representatives from the Idaho State Tax Commission to discuss questions relating to the 2019 tax assessment cycle and other information. Attending from the State Tax Commission will be Commissioner, Tom Katsilometes; Property Tax Division Administrator, George Brown; Property Tax Policy Bureau Chief, Alan Dornfest, and; Section Manager Consulting Appraiser, Matt Virgil. The meeting will take place at the Bannock County Courthouse Commission Chambers, Room 212, 624 E. Center Street, Pocatello, Idaho at 2:00 p.m.

08/05/2019
Bannock County Fair

Don’t miss out on all the amazing events happening this week at the Bannock County Fair in Downey, Idaho!

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Board of Equalization Summary of Market Area Action

The Bannock County Commissioners have identified a number of frequently asked questions regarding their role as the Board of Equalization and the process of appeals conducted for this year’s assessment cycle. One commonly asked question is – “Which Market Area do I live in?” Bannock County’s GIS Department created a beautiful ArcGIS StoryMap for Bannock County residents to quickly identify his/her Market Area; take a look at https://arcg.is/18iL05. A list of frequently asked questions and answers will be coming soon!

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08/02/2019
Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello Idaho

Welcome to Bannock County Commissioners Government page – Bannock County Commissioners Ernie Moser (District 1), Chairman Steve Brown (District 2), and Terrel N. Tovey (District 3) encourage you to like our page to follow County news, business items, videos, events and other details regarding our County government. You can also visit our website at www.bannockcounty.us and learn more about the Commissioners at www.bannockcounty.us/commissioners.

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I thought there was a law or rule that property taxes could not increase by more than 3%. That rule has been broken and now so is my trust.