THE STATESMAN PUBLISHED THE FOLLOWING IN SUNDAY’S EDITION
Growth and a reluctance to allow the public a vote are the main issues facing Boise Citizens in the months ahead.
The council has pursued a policy of circumventing voters with their legal battle over the airport parking garage–they still have not held a bond election, despite spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and ultimately losing in the supreme court.
They denied the 10 Commandments supporters a vote–even though sufficient citizens signed petitions to get the question on the ballot. The Supreme Court allowed the election and citizens ultimately voted to leave the rock where it is–just what the Councilors wanted, but done legally.
The City held an ill conceived library bond election asking for $38 million. They sought money and authority, but were unwilling or unable to produce libraries in a timely fashion. After the measure failed the mayor told us they didn’t really need the money and now they are building smaller branch libraries out of petty cash.
Overtaxing citizens for several years, the City has obtained a $14 million structure for the police and fire administration. They call it “savings” which is untrue. They taxed the citizens, earmarked the funds for a police building and made a multi-year purchase without approval of the voters. Cash was accumulated, but certainly no savings took place. It was a move to circumvent the voters again.
With sprawl development plans in the desert east of Micron, the mayor has said he likes the idea of having a “clean slate” for development east and south of Boise…a pro development stance any way you cut it.
Finally, establishing budget priorities through telephone opinion polls, sampling a mere 500 respondents, is unacceptable. Give us a shopping list of the high ticket items and LET US VOTE!
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