Boise skies will be filled with big airplanes and the freeway will be crowded with trucks if Team Dave gets its way and industrializes the area around the airport.
Based on testimony before the Idaho Legislature last week, the city needed a constitutional amendment to make it easier to obtain financing for facilities because the west coast airports are so crowded the big overseas air freighters need a hub inland–and “if we build it they will come” to Boise.
Meanwhile, parking is at a premium at the passenger terminal. Team Dave and the City Council refuse to allow voters the opportunity to approve a new parking garage–which would be funded by user fees, not taxes.
The Daily Paper reports that Mayor Dave Bieter “Won’t discuss funding options being considered.” Seems Team Dave prefers to operate in secret rather than allow the public a voice in their government.
They attempted to build a new parking garage without a vote of the citizens as required by the constitution. When the Supreme Court ruled against them, declaring their scheme in violation of the constitution, they paid professional lobbyists to influence the legislature in an attempt to change the constitution. That move also failed.
Now, the city is spinning their campaign in the Daily Paper to justify the “need” for a new control tower and a third runway south of the existing airport. Put bluntly, ridership at the current airport simply does not justify a major facilities expansion.
Boise’s airport has a history of being disingenuous when it comes to their objectives. On the original parking proposal they dedicated 40% of the facility to rental car agencies…sounds good on the face of it, but those agencies currently pay property taxes for roads, schools, city, and county services. Once in the government garage, they would be in a TAX FREE facility and the rest of us make up the difference–little as it may be.
The freight hub is a “business plan” of the airport and it is aimed at creating GROWTH for growth sake. The GUARDIAN advocates providing facilities for passengers coming and going from our fair city–we do not advocate using public money to create industrial growth and the increased air/highway traffic.
Conservationists are likely to oppose filling the valley air with jet exhaust, noise pollution, and the need for more fire stations, police, schools, and electric generating capacity.
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