The Daily Paper tells us there are no fewer than 11 condo projects currently in the works for downtown Boise.
It looks like all but one has already been approved by the City. If you are into growth, more people living in “a vibrant core area that creates economic vitality,” lots of cars, and dirty air your dreams are coming true.
If you are saddened by the literal shadow cast by 17 story skinny buildings and stay away from downtown because it is jammed with cars and some of the unhealthiest air in the state of Idaho, you need to get to the polls for the November Boise City elections.
This horse obviously ain’t dead yet, so we will beat it again:
TAXES ON THESE NEW STRUCTURES WITHIN THE CCDC URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT ALL GO TO THE DISTRICT TO CREATE MORE DISTRICT.
NONE OF THE TAXES ON THESE ‘”IMPROVEMENTS” GO TO BOISE, ADA COUNTY OR THE ADA COUNTY HIGHWAY DISTRICT.
That means the vast majority of citizens have to pay an INCREASED TAX LEVY to make up for the revenue shortfall to fund police, fire, and roads for the residents of these new condos–many valued in excess of $1.5 million. They habitually consume more city services than residential areas elsewhere in the city.
If you think it is a worthy cause to help the developer’s cash flow, vote for mayor and council incumbents in November. You can bet they will have payments from their developer friends.
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