Boise coppers will be seeking additional funds from Boise State University as part of a contract renewal to provide police at BSU.
The new deal will see the Boise Police Department continue to provide “customary and usual duties,” including investigation and enforcement, traffic control and accident investigations. But the contract would bump up the hourly rate that the city of Boise charges for events coverage. Under the old contract, the Boise Police Department said it was “subsidizing” Boise State by absorbing more than $300,000 in costs to help police those events.
Contract terms allow Boise Police Department to charge BSU $50 per hour for university events and $60 for non-university events for the current fiscal year, increasing to $55 and $63 for FY 2015 and $60 and $66 for FY 2016. A reasonable question would be: “If the $60 rate covers costs, then why the 20% discount to BSU? Or, if the $50 rate covers, why gouge the non-BSU events at a higher rate to create?”
This entire issue calls into question the apparent fact coppers are worth more than firefighters. Boise Fire Department responds to about 200 medical and fire calls each year, but charges NOTHING to BSU unless it is a repeated false alarm token amount.
With the upcoming bond election, we find it hard to justify offering free fire protection to what amounts to a city of 20,000 population (BSU) at no charge. Boise FD has contracts for rural fire districts outside the city, they respond for free clear out to the Elmore County line east of town, but seek approval for long term debt from those of us who live in the city.
The GUARDIAN thinks its time for State, City, and County administrators to closely examine the policies of providing services outside the taxing unit’s boundaries. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for routine coverage outside their district.
It is an unfair burden for Boise taxpayers to protect massive offices and dormitories. If everyone from Sandpoint to Franklin paid just a few cents extra, it would cover the cost of responses to THEIR buildings.
We detailed THE ISSUE a year ago, but got no response from City Council.
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