The “ECONOMY AIRPORT PARKING LOT” is closed and has sat mostly unused–despite more than $2 million in recent improvements. Now, despite a decline in passengers and cutbacks by airlines serving Boise, the Boise City Council has set in motion the formalities to sell at least $15 million worth of revenue bonds which will be repaid by parking fees over the next 20 years.
The move no longer requires approval of voters, thanks to a constitutional amendment which removed the right of citizens to approve long term debt for cities and counties. Boise used $60,000 of public funds to mount a statewide campaign in 2010 to exempt airports and public hospitals from seeking voter permission to go into debt. With the help of a reported $2 million from the hospitals, they were able to get voter approval of the measure.
The DAILY PAPER shows a timeline detailing the failed attempt by the city to get around the voters as well as their successful constitutional amendment.
Bottom line is the council can spend $15 million for a parking garage, leave the newly built economy surface lot empty, and voters have no voice in the decision.
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