A rash of bad legal advice and lack of transparency at the local level is taking its toll on local government budgets and preventing the “system” from having a chance to prove itself–leading some to question the democratic process.
A few examples:
–Boise county got bad advice about zoning a halfway house for troubled youth which led to a lawsuit they lost. More bad advice led to an attempted bankruptcy which was rejected by a federal judge. Then more advice suggested special legislation to exempt the county from a 3% budge cap which failed. Now they intend to sue the state tax commission. GUARDIAN amateur opinion suggests the “ordinary and necessary” provision in the constitution trumps the 3% budget cap and Boise County should sell bonds to get out of their mess.
–North Ada County Fire and Rescue seeks a $99 lease over 99 years for a fire station at the Fair Grounds, but lawyers tell them it needs to go before voters for a cost well in excess of $1,000 just for the clerical work. GUARDIAN amateur opinion says no need for a vote since the GUARDIAN paid the lease bill in advance.
–Greater Boise Auditorium District refused to name a candidate for appointment to the elected position on the board after getting bad legal advice. GUARDIAN amateur opinion quoted Supreme Court decision mandating candidate names for appointment to city council must be revealed. GBAD relented and revealed the insider appointment.
–Ada County dumps $2 million into a trash burner, following bad legal advice, and the deadline for repayment of the loan-that-isn’t-a-loan to Dynamis has passed with taxpayers left holding the trash bag.
–State legislator holds gas and oil leases and fails to notify fellow senators of conflict. Legal advice is mixed between Dems and Repubs.
Sure, it has been a cold spring and Tuesday’s crappy weather put lots of us in a bad mood, but when are we going to get some decent candidates to occupy public office? It doesn’t help to read the results of a CORRUPTION survey of state government which puts Idaho on the lower end of the integrity scale.
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