Congratulations and a pat on the back to John Weber, Richard Kaylor and Tish Hetrick who have each paid $174 to file an appeal on the Boise planning commission’s Jan. 9 approval of the two natural gas-fired plants.
Among other reasons for filing the appeal, the trio have cited the importance of the decision to build the facilities on citizen owned property near the Outlet Mall. The property is land Mayor Bieter and the present council inherited from the Coles band of bureaucrats.
Bieter´s economic development staffer, Mr. Jones, offered up a deal to Mountain View Power which included a lease at below market rates, hence getting around any bids which are required by a sale of public land. Not only was the price too low, but it cuts Ada County, Boise Schools, and Ada County Highway District out of real estate taxes on 25 acres that is zoned industrial and worth big bucks. Public land is tax exempt period.
The rest of Boise citizens need to contact their recently elected councilors and remind them of the financials on this deal which have yet to have any council scrutiny. Public property is for all of us, not just a stash the Mayor´s staff can use to entice businesses to occupy our city.
At the very least these Three Musketeers have forced the council to show their true colors. Let’s hope the colors are natural green and not cash green.
(See previous posting Power Plant Poses Problems)
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