Once again we have to offer compliments to the Daily Paper’s Cynthia Sewell for some tedious reporting efforts on the Dynamis-Ada County scandal. Her SUNDAY STORY should serve as a Bible for the investigator looking into the irregularities both the Statesman and the GUARDIAN have uncovered.
Inflated hourly rates, purchase of computers, consultants, a lobbyist, 10% mark ups and more were detailed.
Sewell got it all in one spot–on paper in a format impossible to do on a blog. The GUARDIAN actually posted some of the facts before the Statesman, but their position as “The Daily Paper” made it all real and before a much larger audience than we can reach.
Of particular interest to the GUARDIAN were the comments. Readers actually took joy in the obvious irregularities which were exposed. In the end it seemed that most counties and at least one school district in Southwest Idaho have inept or crooked politicos.
Boise County readers noted how poorly their commishes performed regarding the Alamar Ranch for wayward youth debacle which cost taxpayers millions in legal fees and awards.
The 2/C crowd claimed the Bujak prosecutor scandal which is costing Canyon County huge sums to both prosecute and defend is no worse than the trash to energy deal between Dynamis and the Ada Commishes.
Then there was reference to the Nampa School District budget mess which has left taxpayers holding the bag for up to $4 million due to sloppy record keeping and budgeting.
Our only disappointment in the Statesman coverage was not mentioning the glaring violation of the Idaho Constitution which prohibits counties loaning money or credit in any form to private businesses.
ARTICLE VIII of the State Constitution:
Section 4. COUNTY, ETC., NOT TO LOAN OR GIVE ITS CREDIT. No county, city, town, township, board of education, or school district, or other subdivision, shall lend, or pledge the credit or faith thereof directly or indirectly, in any manner, to, or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, for any amount or for any purpose whatever, or become responsible for any debt, contract or liability of any individual, association or corporation in or out of this state.
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