A short little legal notice in the Daily Paper Friday includes an invitation to engineering firms to submit a “Statement of Qualifications for conceptual design consultant services” for a downtown streetcar project.
No budget is mentioned for the six month contract, but it looks like local officials are forging ahead with their “street car named desire” whether anyone likes it or not. They previously hired a PITCHMAN to sell the idea of a downtown trolley–reported in the GUARDIAN December 2.
At a time when Boise is trying to convince the Idaho Legislature to allow local option taxes, it seems ill-advised to spend public money on a novelty trolley in the downtown area while steadfastly refusing to implement any improvements to to the local bus system which would benefit the entire community and not just downtown businesses–at a fraction of the cost.
If Boise’s Team Dave continues to work behind the scenes to promote a trolley without public hearings, specific budgeting authority from the city council and “filtering” their plan through the urban renewal agency, they will never get a local option taxing authority from the state.
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