City government in Boise is in disarray as mayor and councilors are preoccupied with growth.
We don’t know what is going on at City Hall, but neither do most of the city councilors. We do know they are hellbent on getting bigger at all costs and seek to create urban sprawl on a massive scale southeast of what used to be our city. A dozen housing developments are pending in the area.
Meanwhile city-owned land sits idle gathering trash and weeds–but no tax revenues– despite official mandates from the council to sell the land to the highest bidder. Councilors, staff, and the mayor have ignored a 2004 resolution declaring vast parcels of land as “surplus” in the Fairview-Main Street corridor.
Mayor Dave Bieter and his Team Dave crew managed to obligate part of the public land for a 50 year lease to a rock climbing gym that has very little traffic these days.
With such ill planned intentions as a shuttle parking lot, police station, libraries, and godonlyknows what else over the years, Boise has acquired a multimillion dollar portfolio of land. At one point in 2004 various parcels were ordered sold, but they never followed through.
Then, after the library bond failed Bieter told the media they really didn’t need the bond money because they could sell the surplus land and put libraries in strip malls using proceeds from the land sales. Nothing has been made public on that plan either.
The Sunday issue of the daily newspaper had no fewer than 11 stories directly connected with growth, taxes, and transportation issues caused by growth. As long as elected officials continue to encourage growth and offer tax breaks to the likes of Micron, we will all experience the decline in our quality of life and call it progress.
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