While Boise County is set to file for bankruptcy in federal court, there probably won’t be any auctions for snowplows and road graders in the near future. Since the developers who won the $4 million judgement against the county are themselves delinquent in paying their property taxes to the tune of $368,182, we expect a protracted legal fight.
The judgement stemmed from the county’s restrictions on a planned rehab facility for wayward drug offenders. The GUARDIAN offered details on the case in a DECEMBER STORY.
The GUARDIAN contacted Lloyd Mahaffey, the guy who runs Dynamis Energy and plans to build a “trash-to-power” electric generating facility at the Ada County Landfill.
It gets confusing here, so stay with us. Mahaffey is one of the partners in Eagle Springs Ranch which owns South Fork Landing at Garden Valley. They are delinquent on the taxes. Two of those partners, T. Erik Oaas and Steven H. Laney, are the guys who won the judgement on the troubled youth facility under the name of Alamar Ranch which also owes property tax. Here is how Mahaffey sees it:
“Since the County is struggling to meet their obligations of the judgement, Oaas Laney, with my support, has proposed to Boise County that the Southfork Landing taxes owed to the County be waived and the judgement reduced by that amount. This would help the County meet their obligations. As a side note, as Linda Zimmer (Horseshoe Bend), former County Commissioner will confirm, I have tried, as an individual with business interests in Garden Valley, to help the County and Oaas Laney reach a settlement in this matter since February 2010.
“I took this step because Dynamis Energy is planning to build a 3,000 square foot Network Operations Center to monitor and manage our waste to energy plants in Garden Valley (tech jobs, property taxes, etc…). Accordingly, I sincerely hope Boise County can find a way to overcome their material financial problems caused by certain elected and appointed officials during the Alamar land development process in a timely manner. Our offer on the taxes is designed to lower their cash payment obligation.”
There should be some interesting public hearings when Dynamis files to build the operations center.
The DAILY PAPER‘s Katy Moeller offers up a historic perspective on local government bankruptcy.
Previous GUARDIAN story on OASS-LANEY.
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