We feel like a tourist in a Paris subway full of pickpockets as we observe all the politicos in Boise after our cash.
The local “community planning association,” (COMPASS) has been running paid commercials on radio claiming there is an annual $150,000,000 shortfall in transportation funding in Southwest Idaho. Probably more than a coincidence the legislature is in session addressing transportation issues.
Boise School District is pushing a $172,000,000 bond for school facilities and claiming “through sound financial management” they can raise the money without increasing taxes. They are running a brilliant low key campaign aimed at getting “friendly voters” to the polls without fanning the flames of opposition. Absentee ballots and a brochure of FACTS are being sent to teachers, retired teachers, parents, and other folks whose addresses the District has on hand. The election is March 14.
District officials will be hard pressed to turn down any offers from conservative taxpayers who want the same FACTS and absentee ballots sent to potential opponents of the bond, especially if the conservatives will pay the expenses.
Then there is the issue of another bond for College of Western Idaho to build a Boise campus along the river along Fairview. The last attempt was dismissed by voters, but there could be another $170,000,000 or so when that comes back.
Cities are also looking for cash to fulfill the demands created by all the growth resulting from giving our tax money to attract businesses in efforts to increase population density. Their solution is a “local option sales tax,” which no doubt won’t cost anything.
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