The standard media statement about the upcoming bond election is along the lines of, “There is no organized opposition.”
Pretty hard to have organized opposition when the health care industry, contractor/developers, unions, and others who do business with the city pony up $137,000.
Consider the following:
–Boise’s City Council passed an ordinance and rushed to put the bond proposal on the ballot, refusing to follow the law and waived three readings which would have allowed citizen–and media–examination of the proposal before it was in place.
–When the GUARDIAN noticed Mayor Dave Bieter used the city website to ADVOCATE on behalf of the bond, we asked for his mailing list. We were refused access to the entire city workforce who get the “eMemo” as well as unknown subscribers.
–Then we asked the city to post the letter we published on the GUARDIAN disclosing the $18,000,000 interest payments and 20 year debt totaling $51,000,000. Team Dave refused again.
–The City Club of Boise suddenly scheduled an October 28 “Forum” to discuss the bond. The three panelists, include Bieter, the Yes-Yes chairman, and the The Nature Conservancy proponent of the open space. City Club refused to put the GUARDIAN on the panel, opting for the one-sided presentation.
–Boise State Public Radio airs the 1 hour City Club forum each week and refused a request for “equal time.” We may get a few minutes in a newscast, but that pales in contrast to a full hour with presentations by 3 proponents.
For the record, we want voters to consider they will be approving $51,000,000 in debt over 20 years. We currently have no debt and that’s a good thing in light of Detroit, and the near collapse of the United States economy over debt.
A fire training academy is a noble cause, but it should be used andfunded by all the departments in the Ada County.
Finally, the simplistic claim the fire department bond and parks bond combined will cost only $1 a month is deceptive at best. New stations and more parks will create demand for millions in cash to staff, maintain, and repair over a 20 year period.
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