The Councilors and Mayor looked down from their perch at the GUARDIAN editor as he tried to finish a sentence about the insider trade they made with citizen-owned commercial land on Fairview. Three minutes to the second and it was time to “sit down and shut up.”
They even bragged about “making a profit” on the deal, despite the fact the so-called profit was in the form of an inflated value on rock strewn desert land off Gowen Road for which there is no public purpose.
When the appraiser from the Ada County Assessor’s office told them the REAL value was little more than half the inflated price they were accepting in trade, Councilors immediately began challenging the validity of his process in an effort to discredit him. Never mind this is the same County Department upon which the city relies to establish the property values they use to tax the citizens!
We got our butts kicked and it wasn’t pleasant. The players in this deal would be right at home in Washington and Wall Street deciding the fate of everyone else’s assets.
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