The mission of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to provide control over the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits; curtail intemperate use of beverage alcohol; and responsibly optimize the net revenues to the citizens of Idaho.
The vision of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to be the most respected and highest performing purveyor of distilled spirits in the U.S.A.
As my tenure as Governor comes to a close, I want to thank our great employees at the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) for providing the kind of customer service and professional standards we have come to expect from them over the last 12 years.
The citizens of our great state can be sure that they are complying with and preventing under-age sales, successfully managing product placement and selection and following a business model that is resulting in sales volume increases of 6% from last fiscal year.
Each year during the budget process, the ISLD is authorized to operate on the revenues generated by its activities. The result is the Division returns that amount and four times more. In Fiscal Year 2018, the distributions to cities, counties, community colleges, substance abuse treatment, and general government totaled over $78,500,000. This all happened while per capita consumption remained consistently low.
Once again, over 7 percent of total sales came from consumers traveling from across the border in the state of Washington. Higher taxes in the Evergreen State have been and continue to be a great example of why consumers are willing to travel a short distance for better value.
The Division continued its collaboration with the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and community coalitions throughout Idaho. Critical funding made a difference in our communities by cooperating with local law enforcement and the Idaho State Police, local citizens, and State agencies focused on preventing the harm caused by irresponsible and underage drinking.
I have confidence in the leadership of Director Anderson and the associates of the Idaho State Liquor Division who responsibly serve us each and every day.
Please remember, the Liquor Division is Citizen Owned for the Benefit of All.
As Always – Idaho, “Esto Perpetua”
C.L. “Butch” Otter
Governor of Idaho