Team Dave’s captain, Mayor Dave Bieter used the City Club of Boise Thursday as a forum to pitch a new public baseball park for private gain. We see it as another swing and a miss.
At the same event, Bieter recruited the audience to seek petitions asking for a referendum to allow the city authority to impose a “local option tax” on citizens. The problem with the local option tax issue is the lack of restrictions on how it could be spent once imposed.
For instance, unless specifically outlawed, elected officials could use the revenues for things like ball parks and desires named street car–despite overwhelming public opposition.
We have to give a shout out to the Statesman’s BRIAN MURPHY–and those who comment on the Daily Paper for putting the issue in perspective.
While the good mayor certainly can use his bully pulpit as he pleases, we remind him that Idaho’s Supreme Court has made it clear public funds (resources, equipment, or staff) cannot be used to influence the outcome of an election–this includes campaigning for local option taxes.
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