A BOISEGUARDIAN EXCLUSIVE
Star Mayor Nathan Mitchell poured out his guts on the GUARDIAN over the weekend and while he may not be “growthophobe” positive, he certainly has many of the symptoms.
Team Nate and most of the City Councilors are subject of a recall effort that needs only 250 signatures to get on the ballot. New developments are threatening the lifestyle and rural character of the once tiny western Ada County city astraddle Highway 44.
The GUARDIAN posted a short story about the recall, GROWTHOPHOBIA OUTBREAK IN STAR, which prompted readers to comment about the rampant growth and speak out against Team Nathan.
Mitchell responded on the blog and here are some highlights of his discussion:
–SEWER, WATER, PARKS, COPS can handle the onslaught of new houses and residents.
–SCHOOLS are “a mess” over capacity. Meridian District is trying to cope.
–LEGISLATURE needs to approve impact fees, local options, local taxes, for local government. (good luck Nate!)
–ROADS are inadequate and there is simply not enough money collected by current impact fees to fund needed roads.
–DESIGN REVIEW of new construction needs some immediate attention.
Perhaps the best thing we heard from Team Nate leader Mitchell was this gem:
“I do realize all my options add to the cost of new construction. That is where I think we need to make people migrating in make a choice. Either Pay up or don’t move here. Shouldn’t be a problem as the recent home price appreciation indicates, they are willing to pay.”
Wow! If this guy gets recalled, it won’t be for mincing his words.
Finally, the Star mayor explained the city has been approached by a developer to annex part of Canyon County into the city. GUARDIAN readers claim cross county mergers create problems with dual school districts, fire departments, county government, and highway districts.
Team Nate responded saying, “If we get word back from our fellow service providers that this will cause a HUGE mess for them we won’t proceed.”
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