communism |ˈkämyəˌnizəm| (often Communism)
a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned…Central to Marxist theory is an explanation of social change in terms of economic factors, according to which the means of production provide the economic base, which influences or determines the political and ideological superstructure.”
Boise City Councilors have done another of those dirty little land deals–perfectly legal, but without transparency or public purpose. This time they are entering into a 45 year lease of the library storage warehouse behind the main library building on Capitol Blvd. to an existing business that makes fish ID tags.
Meanwhile at least part of the anticipated $3,000 monthly rent will have to go toward replacing the library book storage space, not to mention lost parking spaces.
According to an IDAHO STATESMAN story, If approved, the city would lease the warehouse it owns adjacent to the main library to 9th & River LLC, a partnership between Rocky Mountain Management & Development Co. and Biomark, Inc.
We have no idea why the city is doing the deal, but you can bet it is not a “clean deal.” It was slipped onto the council agenda at the last minute and smells of vintage Team Dave.
There is no reason to offer ANYONE a 45 year lease other than to keep someone else from bidding and to avoid the public bid process while effectively giving away city property TAX FREE for nearly half a century.
The defunct or nearly defunct Rock Climbing Gym on City land off the Connector is now a dog kennel–owned by the city and with a 50 year lease.
There is also talk of a land swap and we have no doubt it will end up just like the last such deal at 27th and Fairview…nowhere near how it was presented and no chance of the “private hospital.” The city can legally avoid the bid process through land swaps and leases, but it is a shameful practice which smells of insider trading and results in commercial use of public assets–just like in China and other communist states.
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