IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The first round of Citizen Review Committee (CRC) reports is now available on the city’s website for review at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or by calling the mayor’s office at (208) 612-8235.
Last December, Mayor Casper called for applications from city residents to review basic functions and budget processes of city divisions to improve efficiencies and service delivery. Residents with various backgrounds, experience and areas of interest were selected as committee members.
Four of the city’s eleven divisions, including the Idaho Falls Library, Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Municipal Services, and Planning and Building were reviewed this year. The city’s remaining seven divisions will be evaluated over the next two years.
The committees began meeting in February and were asked to review each division’s priorities in light of Mayor Casper’s goals of maintaining fidelity to law, seeking solutions to city problems, promoting economic growth and enhancing city assets.
Members received a general orientation followed by more in-depth discussions, fieldtrips and budget reviews. Each committee compiled a report that was then shared with Mayor Casper and City Council members.
“These community volunteers have put in long hours over the course of many months as they became citizen-experts in the work of the particular division they were studying. I am continually surprised by the can-do attitude of Idaho Falls citizens. They were essentially asked to become subject matter experts in a few months’ time. And yet the quality of their results and recommendations is impressive. Many divisions have already begun implementing recommendations. Others will require more study or must be approved and/or funded by City Council. This kind of action and dialog is exactly what I was aiming for,” states Mayor Casper.
The directors of the four divisions studied this year have been tasked with writing their responses to CRC recommendations. These responses will be posted on the city’s website as they become available.
About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/