A story in this week’s Idaho Business Review makes it clear you shouldn’t bluff reporter Lora Volkert with numbers.
Last week she talked to CCDC (Capital City Development Corp) chairman Cheryl Larabee about the salary for director Phil Kushlan who makes about $128,000 a year running the Boise urban renewal agency.
Larabee said “peer cities” were surveyed in the West to help determine a fair salary for Kushlan. The bench mark was the “similar budgets” of the urban renewal agencies the consultant surveyed. This week with a little help from an alert GUARDIAN reader, Volkert followed up with hard hitting facts and figures.
Larabee said these cities are peers of Boise because their urban renewal agency budgets are about the same size as CCDC’s. In fact, the other agencies’ budgets range from six and a half times to more than 16 times CCDC’s budget.
Total revenues budgeted:
• Boise Capital City Development Corp., 2006 -$13 million
• Anaheim Redevelopment Agency, 2007-8 – $84 million
• Denver Urban Renewal Authority, 2005 – $112 million
• Portland Development Commission, 2006-7 – $176 million
• Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, 2007 – $233 million total revenue, $93 million specifically for redevelopment
• San Diego Redevelopment Agency, 2007 – $177 million
• San Jose Redevelopment Agency, 2005-6 – $191 million
Hopefully the Boise Adutior looking into the CCDC will take note of this as an example of “due deligence” exercised by the CCDC board.
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