After being turned down several times and losing a court fight over an illegal financing scheme for a new jail, Blaine County officials are ready to start construction–after getting permission from the voters.
Voters Tuesday approved a county sheriff’s office, consolidated dispatch center and county jail. About 76 percent of the voters supported the bond while 24 percent-opposed it. Passage required support from two-thirds (67%) of voters.
According to Blaine County Clerk Jolynn Drage, 12 percent of the county’s 11,632 registered voters participated in the election.
The Idaho constitution mandates that cities and counties get permission from voters to go into long term debt. It is a great system and prevents local officials from imposing their will on the public without permission.
Boise and Ada County have gotten into trouble with attempts at getting around the law at the expense of taxpayers and the rule of law. They haven’t played fair. The Blaine vote is a good example of democracy in action.
Boise is currently holding secret meetings about acquiring a police station. The courts previously blocked attempts at illegal financing, so now they are quietly overtaxing citizens under the guise of “saving.”
A tip of the GUARDIAN hat to both the officials and the voters of Blaine County!
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