The battle over who pays for parking and how much they pay at the Ada Courthouse has revved up as the Capital City Development Corp. appears to be changing gears for parking at the Courthouse garage and the Ada Commishes are not about to take it sitting in neutral.
In a nutshell, the CCDC has raised the hourly rate to $2.50, eliminated the first hour free policy, and generally tightened the screws with regard to making money off citizens who have business at the Courthouse. Even the coppers are getting hit up for parking. The commishes have been paying a monthly fee so courthouse visitors, jurors and coppers wouldn’t get whacked. That is about to end.
In a Feb. 27 letter tillman-letter-2-27-094 , CCDC told Commish Fred Tilman the $63,000 the county paid for four months amounted to a “partial payment.”
Then, Thursday CCDC sent another letter tilman-3-19-09 detailing intentions to implement fee hikes on April 20 for coppers, jurors, and the general public and even eliminate a 10 minute “free drop off” policy.
Commish Tillman was invited to attend the April 13 noon meeting at the CCDC office. That should be an interesting exchange for legacy media if they are covering local news at that point. No doubt there will also be some discussion of the series of invoices from CCDC ccdc-invoices0000 which include a demand for interest payments.
This is just the latest in the saga of the most convoluted financial arrangement ever perpetuated against the citizens of Boise City and Ada County. It all would have been avoided had the politicos simply allowed the voters to approve (or deny) bonds for a new courthouse and each parking facility requiring long term debt.
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