2019 Election Information

Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the general election to be held in and for the City of New Meadows, Idaho, will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2020.  The election will be held for the following offices for the specified terms:




Candidates for city elected office are required to file a Declaration of Candidacy specifying the office sought and affirming that the individual is a qualified city elector, meaning: at least 18 years of age, a United States Citizen, the candidate’s primary residence must be within the city, the address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and the candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.  The Declaration of Candidacy must be accompanied by: (1) a nonrefundable filing fee of $40 or (2) a Petition of Candidacy signed by at least five qualified city electors with the signatures verified by the county clerk’s office.  The deadline for filing Declaration of Candidacy is Friday September 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Declarations of Candidacy are available at City Hall in the office of the City Clerk at 401 Virginia Street, New Meadows, Idaho, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).




Jacob Mac Qualls, City Clerk


Legal Publish date:

August 22 & 29, 2019 – Star News


City Posted Date / Locations:

City Hall

New Meadows Post Office


New Meadows City social media accounts: Facebook & Twitter



Mayor Election Forms
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Council Member FOUR Year Term Election Forms
2019 Council Member 4 Year Election Form[...]
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Council Member TWO Year Term Election Forms
2019 Council Member 2 Year Election Form[...]
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Voter Registration Form
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Roles & Responsibilties

Mayoral Powers & Responsibilities (Job Description)


  • Supervising city employees and appointed officers, hiring and firing of employees (subject to city personnel policy)
  • May demand documents or reports from appointed officers
  • Enforcing laws and policies passed by the council
  • Enforcement of health and quarantine ordinances
  • Declaration of local disaster emergencies for up to seven days in duration
  • Ordering emergency holdbacks in spending by city departments


  • May veto ordinances passed by the council, subject to override by a majority of the full council
  • May call special meetings of the city council
  • Presiding over council meetings and determining the order of business, subject to such rules as the council may prescribe
  • Breaking tie votes of the council
  • Formulating policy recommendations for the council

Appointment & Removal

  • Nominating persons to serve in appointed offices, subject to confirmation by a majority of the full council
  • Removal of appointed officers, subject to confirmation by a majority of the full council
  • Filling vacant council positions, subject to council confirmation
  • Appointment and removal of members to city boards, commissions and committees.  For permanent boards, commissions or committees, appointment and removal must be confirmed by the council


  • Sign ordinances and resolutions, checks, contracts, bonds and other official documents on behalf of the city
  • Administering oaths (such as oath of office)
  • Performing marriage ceremonies within the State of Idaho
  • Such powers, prerogatives and authority as is conferred by the laws of the State of Idaho or as may be conferred upon him/her by the council
  • Ceremonial head of the city for ribbon cuttings, groundbreaking and other events
  • Listening and responding to constituent issues and concerns.

Council Powers & Responsibilities (Job Description)


  • Adopt local laws (ordinances) to protect the public health, safety, morals and welfare.  Ordinances may provide for infraction penalties with a civil fine of up to $100 and misdemeanor criminal penalties with up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000
  • Annex territory into the city by ordinance
  • Adopt a comprehensive plan by resolution, which serves as the city’s plan for future growth and development
  • Adopt a zoning ordinance to regulate land uses within the city, including permitted, conditionally permitted and prohibited land uses within each zone.  The zoning ordinance also outlines application procedures, fees and standards of approval for rezones, conditional use permits and variances
  • Adopt a subdivision ordinance setting forth the process for subdivision applications, fees and approval; standards for streets, curb and gutter, water, sewer and other infrastructure; and offsite improvements and other requirements
  • Negotiate with the county commissions on area of city impact for future urbanization and annexation into the city and the land use regulations which will apply within the area
  • A majority of the full council may override mayor veto of an ordinance
  • Establish the place and time of regular council meetings by ordinance
  • A majority of the full council may call special council meetings
  • Authorizing and holding executive sessions, which are meeting of the council closed to the public
  • Determine which services should be provided by the city, the fees for such services, and whether a service is more appropriately provided by the city with its own employees or by contract with private entity
  • Adopt ordinances and regulations to protect public health and prevent contagious diseases, and adoption of quarantine laws
  • Adopt franchise ordinances granting use of public rights-of-way for power, natural gas, water and cable providers and setting franchise fees at a percentage of the utility’s gross revenues
  • Adopt personnel, financial, investment, purchasing and other policies governing city operations by resolution
  • Licensing and regulations of businesses and occupations within the city and setting license fees
  • May adopt building, residential, energy conservation, mechanical and fuel gas codes
  • Regulate, and establish license fees up to the maximum allowed by state law and approve licenses for retail sale of liquor by the drink, beer and wine
  • Vacating streets and public rights-of-way


  • Prepare a budget outlining the city’s project revenues and expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Approve an appropriations ordinance establishing spending authority for specific funds or departments for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Approve the city’s property tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Receive a monthly report on city finances from the city treasurer
  • Examine, at least quarterly, the accounts of officers responsible for managing the monies, property or business of the city
  • Provide for audits of the city’s financial statements in accordance with Idaho Code
  • Establish, by ordinance, the place(s) of deposit for city funds
  • Approve, by resolution, investment of city funds


  • Decisions on rezones, conditional use permits, variances, and subdivision preliminary plats
  • Denial of licenses for retail sale of beer, wine and liquor by the drink

Appointment & Removal

  • Confirmation of mayoral appointments to, and removal from, permanent city boards, commissions and committees
  • Confirmation of the mayor’s nomination or removal of appointed officers by a majority of the full council
  • Removal of appointed officers by the council, without the mayor’s approval, by unanimous vote of the council
  • Fill a mayoral vacancy from within or without the council as deemed in the best interests of the city.
  • May establish appointed officers in addition to the city clerk, treasurer and attorney


  • Select a councilmember to serve as president of the council at the first meeting in January following a city general election
  • May provide, by ordinance, for the election of councilmembers by seat or district.  May establish runoff elections for mayor and / or designated council seats
  • May, by ordinance, establish permanent city boards, commissions and committees and define their membership, responsibilities, duties and authority
  • Set compensation for mayor and councilmembers by ordinance
  • Designate by ordinance an official city newspaper for publishing legal notices
  • Request by resolution a “census or enumeration’ of the inhabitants of the city
  • Sustaining a local disaster emergency declaration beyond the initial seven-day period following the mayor’s declaration
  • Approving disposal of surplus real property and leases of city owned real property
  • Approving mining leases of city property by ordinance
  • Adopt by resolution a record retention schedule listing the minimum retention period for the various types of city records
  • Approve by resolution the transfer of permanent records to the State Archives for permanent storage
  • Approval a copy fee schedule for public records