Richard Rogers is mad as hell and doesn’t want to take it anymore–especially when it comes to Boise property taxes. After he got his property tax assessment and estimated tax he called the Mayor’s Hotline to complain. Here is the gist of what he said.
By RICHARD ROGERS
My city taxes are going up 18.1% and that is ridiculous. I don’t mind a modest increase based on the inflation index or something like this, but this is just unreal.
I am concerned about selling assets; 230 acres, I sell for somewhere around $11 million and that figures out $48,000 an acre. That is way less than what most properties are being assessed for in this valley, and I think the city is being ripped off at that rate.
If the city is going to be selling assets, any money from the sale of those assets should be returned to the taxpayers… because initially the taxpayers’ money was used to purchase this asset; it’s only fair.
The city’s proposal was to take this money from these assets and then use it to fund new growth in the city, new projects. Once again the city is getting around taking these issues to the citizens for their approval as required by Idaho Code. This is a terrible injustice to the residents of the city. I believe that if you take it to the people and they want, they will fund it.
With respect to the White Water Park; we have excellent white water available within an hours drive from the City of Boise. We don’t need such a park here. Other cities around the country don’t have this great white water at such a reasonable distance. It’s a waste of taxpayer’s money and it should be taken from the budget.
With respect to other city park activities, there’s a host of city parks that are platted out and the land just sits there and no money has been put into those. If anything the city should be looking into further development of those parks.
Regarding Boise City Hall West Fire and Police Station, as I pointed out earlier in an email to City Hall, this is money that should have been approved by the residents of the city. It’s another way of escaping a bond issue. The city set aside money from the taxpayers’ dollars in the budget to fund these facilities. Now they want $2.5 million to furnish this building. Once again the taxpayers need to approve these types of expenditures. I don’t understand what’s going on here.
The youth center, $600,000, once again needs to be approved by the taxpayers, not the Mayor and City Council. Additional money for the libraries at two new locations totaling several million dollars; once again you don’t take the money out of one pocket; the residents need to approve these things.
The fee increases for dogs; I’m against that as there are no fees for the numerous cats running around in this city and there’s no control on them at all. You need to start putting a license fee on cats and leave the rest of the pets at the existing rate. Let’s get real here; there are more cats out damaging people’s property than any dogs.
Regarding airport runways; I’m having a real problem with this concept. I don’t doubt the runways need to be repaired to keep up with today’s standards, but if the airport could raise the fees for the parking garages and such, why can’t they just generate the money from the increased fees to handle the cost of improving the runways? The rehab center – once again I have made comments on this subject to the Mayor. You have to have after-care. You’ve got to change their environment; you’ve got to be able to offer them help in reestablishing themselves into the community. If not, most of the people will return to their destructive environment. This is a no-brainer. I guess if you’re going to do rehab, which I’m in favor of, you’ve got to have the after-care.
Citizens statewide are tired of their tax increases being out of control. I urge the city to develop some caution here, and to have a modest increase of maybe 4-5% instead of the 18.1% that I’m seeing. I also think the city needs to be up front on showing exactly what the amount of money is being brought in on new growth as compared to what is based upon the existing tax base.
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