The Greater Boise Auditorium District hassle between board members has gone from political to formal complaints of illegal actions by fellow board members.
The GUARDIAN has learned GBAD board member Judy Peavey-Derr has filed a formal complaint with Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower against three fellow board members. Her allegations include illegal meetings between the three board members without notice to two others who generally have a different philosophy. These meetings were possibly via telephone based on her complaint.
She also claims bid specs for advertising promotion were rigged to favor the Boise Visitor and Convention Bureau and payments were split for some services to avoid the $25,000 threshold for compteitive bidding.
The open meeting violation issue is ironic because Peavey-Derr was subject of charges filed by the office of Attorney General when she was an Ada County Commish. The case was settle with only a technical violation of the law for not having a recording or minutes of a closed meeting. For Peavey-Derr it was apparently a learning experience with regard to how public meetings should be conducted.
No doubt Bower will farm out the investigation to another county in lieu of being drawn into the local issue.
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