When Team Dave wanted to generate some buzz over a proposed gold mine 100 miles away in Atlanta, they held a public meeting in the evening and drew a huge crowd.
But when it came to spending nearly $10 million in Boise citizen’s money the city council meeting was held at 10 a.m. –when most citizens are at work. The council voted to fund about 15 projects with end of year “windfall profits.” The proposals all came from Mayor Dave Bieter and his Team Dave.
Councilor Jim Tibbs was figuratively told to “sit down and shut up” when he suggested a similar town meeting for ideas on how to spend the $10 million surplus. He is the only councilor to vote against the Bieter spending spree.
The council should be ashamed of the way they disposed of the public’s money. Some of the projects make sense, but several are the result of what can only be termed as mismanagement and bungling. Before spending more funds, they should fix their flawed system.
–$350,000 for software licensing to ORACLE because someone signed an agreement indebting Boise citizens to pay additional fees based on the size of the city budget. Any way you look at it, Oracle software gets a percentage of our tax dollars based on growth. The software company gives us nothing in return for the third of a million cash.
–The council earlier approved construction of a new fire station without having a written agreement for $372,000 of funding needed to complete the construction. The fire chief told them the deal was in place to include Ada EMS as a paying partner. The council believed him. They never saw any documents and the legal department apparently was either out of the loop or asleep at the wheel. EMS pulled out and it was finally disclosed no deal was ever concluded. The council based their approval on “facts” that were simply untrue and now Boise and Whitney Fire District taxpayers are on the hook for $372,000.
–They want to spend $15,000 to pay for more legal fees to clean up previous legal errors that cost us $60,000 in property taxes on a couple of LEASED fire stations. This should go to the voters for approval because it constitutes a purchase.
–$535,000 for “strategic planning projects.” Need we say more in questioning this expense?
–There is $7 million item for detox, libraries, cop shop, and parks. While it sounds good, there is no way these projects can all be funded. We fear they will end up just like the fire station–started and in need of more funds next year.
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