Somehow coming up with a figure of $24,500 which is just under the mandatory bid threshold of $25,000, the new Greater Boise Auditorium Board (G-BAD) restored funding to the Boise Visitor and Convention Bureau.
The BVCB is nothing more than a non-profit ad agency that had its funding taken away by the G-BAD boys after a court case in Pocatello determined it was improper to use room taxes dedicated to auditorium districts for the purpose of funding outside advertising for anything other than the auditorium district.
After the meeting vote he told us it was a temporary measure aimed at not letting a grant from the state travel council slip away from BVCB as it was the only entity qualified to receive state funds for promoting Boise.
Here is what he told us prior to the election, along with a message to the Idaho Business Review:
“Here’s what I sent to the IBR right after we talked and their response…hang in there with me till the first meeting when restoring the budget comes up. See how fast I vote no! I told you I do favor paying them a commission for any business they bring to the center, as I would any marketing firm that would do the same thing.”
To the IBR:
“I have to clarify something, I do not favor reinstating the BVCB budget by GBAD. That would not be legal. I am in favor of trying to work with them on a commission basis for any convention business they bring to the center. But, again, I do not favor restoring the budget.”
George Prentice at the Boise Weekly covered the meeting and has a good report.
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