The DAILY PAPER ran a good page one story Sunday detailing questionable spending by the Idaho Water Users on behalf of its director who is running for mayor of Eagle.
The short version is the nonprofit group which represents water users (mostly irrigation customers) has acted as banker on behalf of the group’s executive director, Norm Semanko by loaning him cash for a house and home improvements.
Semanko is chairman of the Republican Party and a candidate for mayor of Eagle.
We find it interesting the Statesman also revealed loans from St. Luke’s hospital to doctors, but it was worth only a single sentence while the politico warranted lengthy documentation and factual presentation for a fraction of the amount.
Bottom line: nonprofits need more scrutiny. Not only should associations be closely monitored, but the likes of the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, hospitals (see previous post), and churches renting non-religious space should all be candidates for taxation.
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