Four years ago the Boise cops and city attorneys swore in court that a new police station was an emergency need and it had to be at 2800 Fairview to provide central response to emergencies.
They had page after page of reasons why it had to be built in the downtown area where previous councils and mayor had purchased not one, but two parcels of land.
GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier challenged the city spending scheme and won a decision which said long term debt needs to go to a vote of the people. They STILL haven’t gone to the voters, we are in our third police chief and the need for police facilities is as great as ever.
From reports we have, it looks like they are now considering this building–a nice facility, but it is closer to Meridian City Hall than Boise! It is located off Emerald nearly to Five Mile at a dead-end street (333 Sailfish) in an office park. No doubt there are “experts” who will tell us it needs to be out there–maybe even the same ones who said it had to be on Fairview.
For the past few years the city has been overtaxing residents and creating a slush fund that is “intended” to fund a police station, but there has been no ordinance or resolution mandating it be spent for that purpose and the current elected body cannot indebt or obligate a future elected body–only the taxpayers through a vote can do that.
Yet Team Dave and those in charge don’t get the message. They need to simply ASK THE VOTERS for permission to spend their money instead of sneaking around without the citizen’s input. We don’t even know if they want one facility or a bunch of smaller copshops.
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