Ok. Budget news is cheaper and just as effective as Ambien when it comes to sleep aid.
That said, we need a little outrage (maybe just concern) over a budget proposal that Boise will salt away $2.5 mil a year of our tax money– “earmarked” to build a police station when the slush fund reaches about $10 mil.
They may need a new station–or even three small ones if top cop Mike Masterson’s ideas get any traction. (Can’t help it Chief you gotta be called Mike “Bat “ Masterson.”) Need is not the issue. It is all a matter of TRUST. The city council has to trust the citizens to decide what we want in the way of police facilities and what we are willing to pay.
Last time around the city presented hundreds of pages of sworn testimony to the court detailing the absolute necessity of a central police facility, deteriorating public safety , the need for a $1 million indoor shooting range, a day care for kindergarten cops, etc.
They were not willing to trust the citizens to vote on the $18 million bond. When they made an end run around the voters, Judge Cherie Copsey cited them for illegal procedure after the GUARDIAN editor blew the whistle on the so-called “judicial confirmation scam.”
While it sounds great to be “saving all those interest payments by paying cash,” we come back to the trust issue: We have $2.5 in tax money sitting in the slush fund when other requests and needs go wanting. It’s a tough call: The city council doesn’t trust the citizens to vote on bonds, but they want the citizens to trust them.
One pitfall is no mandate to use the $10 million for a police building. Future councils can use it as they see fit. It is only “earmarked.” The citizens have no vote–as we would with a bond election–regarding size, number, location, or cost of any police facilities.
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