Boise City Councilors will hear Team Dave and department heads present shopping lists for three days next week.
We are concerned about plans to spend more than $113,300 to refurbish the “railroad to nowhere.” The city acquired 18 miles of track that runs roughly from Gowen Field to a lonely junction in the desert. The previous council made the purchase and the GUARDIAN feels it is simply wrong for the city to be in the rail business. If the Union Pacific couldn’t make it work, Boise can’t either. We also doubt the amount quoted will do anything substantive on the right of way.
Our main fear is the city is in the development business and will continue to sprawl to the south and east using the abandoned rail line as an excuse for both residential and industrial development. The city holds several hundred acres of land near the Outlet Mall acquired for an “industrial park.” The mentality of, “We have some tracks, let’s create a need for them” is offensive to us.
The three day City Council Budget workshop scheduled for next week will be aired LIVE on TVTV cable channel 98. The workshops will also be webcast on the City of Boise website. www.cityofboise.org The budget workshops will run from 8:30 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. Monday June 25th through Wednesday June 27th.
The workshop is the formal presentation of Mayor Bieter’s budget recommendations for the next two years. The budget calls for five additional front-line police officers and two new paramedic units, initial funding to develop the River Recreation and Esther Simplot park complex, federal grant funding to study relocation of the Curtis Road petroleum “tank farm,” and more than two dozen other initiatives.
With the exception of one staffer, Team Dave denies reading the GUARDIAN, but your comments will reach them…especially if you agree with City spending plans.
Mayor and City Councilors are “seeking comment” on the proposed budget. Citizens can e-mail the mayor and councilors; call the mayor’s hotline at 384-4404; or write to Mayor’s Office, City of Boise, P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID, 83701. The workshops will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Citizens may quietly attend. Citizen testimony on the budget will be accepted only during a formal public hearing Aug. 14. There is rarely any testimony and seldom any changes as a aresult of the hearing testimony.
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