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The History of City Hall
The City of Twin Falls has occupied the current City Hall, located at 321 Second Ave. East, since March 3, 1943. Since that time, the City’s population has grown from 11,851 citizens to more than 47,000 citizens. The City remains a lean organization when compared to many other full-service communities in Idaho and the Northwest.

WE ARE OUT OF SPACE

We strive to be conservative and to maximize our resources. Unfortunately, there is no more room to grow, and we need to add more staff as the community’s population grows to maintain existing services to citizens. We also struggle to work in a more efficient environment through collaboration with citizens and other staff because we are spread out among several buildings, with little to no space to meet in an efficient environment of collaboration.

WE ARE DOING MORE

You may have noticed that the City of Twin Falls offers more services, and is required to provide more services. It’s not only the addition of services like Information Technology, which brings government to your home computer, but also more forums and discussions with our citizens to help us better serve them. We need to be more accessible to citizens by providing one location for all administrative services.



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WE PARTNERED WITH OUR CITIZENS ON A SOLUTION

In September 2014, the City of Twin Falls asked citizens to form a citizens advisory committee, which would will gain in-depth knowledge about City space needs, options available for current and future growth, as well as methods to finance solutions that may be determined by the committee. 

In November 2014, the committee held its first meeting where it established the structure of the committee and its leadership, as well as the need to answer three critical questions that included: is there a need for additional space at City Hall; if so, how should the City move forward with resolving space needs; and how would any projects to address space needs be financed? The committee met a total of five times each Thursday at the Twin Falls City Council Chambers, where committee members met publicly to discuss the issue and answer each of the three questions. 

Watch the first meeting

The committee determined that the City needed more space at the City Hall, Police Department and Fire Department, and there were three potential sites where the City could either build new or retrofit existing buildings for a new City Hall.

Those sites included the former Latham Motors Site, the Former St. Luke's Clinic Building, and the former Banner Furniture Building.

The committee also elected to use City reserve funds to pay for any facility construction or renovation, as committee members were concerned about a bond election that would increased the tax burden on citizens. The City of Twin Falls had between $12 and $13 million in reserve funds that may have been available to address space needs.

On the fifth and final meeting of the citizen committee, its members voted 22-5 in favor of retrofitting the former Banner Furniture Building for the following reasons: it provided the lowest cost solution to resolving the space shortage at City Hall; it would further downtown revitalization efforts led by the private sector and City partners; the City did not have adequate reserve funds to build or retrofit facilities at the Latham Motors Site or the Clinic Building Site; and a partial renovation of any other site would have required significant ongoing costs to maintain hundreds of square feet of unneeded and empty office space.