Boise City Councilor Scott Ludwig has been floating the idea of dissolving the Ada County Highway District in favor of shifting the duties–and tax revenues over to Boise City.
We see this as a bad plan on several fronts.
First, it would force the county and the rest of the cities within the county to invest in and create their own street departments. Ludwig says, “Let the voters decide.” In 1971 we did decide and it was to create a county wide district.
Second, we see it as an underhanded way of giving control of the city streets to Team Dave (Mayor Dave Bieter) to use the streets for his obsession of building a trolley.
We do like Ludwig’s idea of letting voters decide, but the city has worked diligently to avoid voter approval on public debt, even campaigning (successfully) to exempt some agencies from the Idaho Constitution.
If Ludwig is true to his word, how about letting voters decide on having wards (districts) within the city government? That way the North End political power would be spread around six districts with a city-wide election, but councilors would have to live within one of six districts. Now THAT’S an idea for voter approval!
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