Team Dave has found another way around the will of the people in the form of a Local Improvement District (LID)in lieu of asking for permission of voters–or even property owners to fund the Mayor’s pet “Folly Trolley” project.
The GUARDIAN did some cursory research and finds the law to creat a LID has so many loopholes and different permutations that with just a simple majority of the council voting in favor, a heavy tax burden can be placed on downtown property owners to fund a trolley–or just about anything. They don’t HAVE to do it that way, but they CAN.
More important than the single issue of a trolley is the ongoing effort by Boise City’s legal department, councilors and mayor to justify end runs around the voters and the normal “due process” of running the city.
We can cite many examples where they have “done it their way” only to have their actions blow up in their collective face. They lost court cases on the police building, the airport parking garage, the 10 Commandments petition. The swap of land at 27th and Fairview to a private hospital group was abandoned shortly after the deal was consumated, despite grave concerns voiced by the GUARDIAN. That move was to avoid a public auction of city land.
Boise officials have long been active in an effort to change the constitution to prevent citizens from approving long term debt–like the financing that will be needed for a trolley.
All we would ask is for the council to simply put the financing to a vote of the citizens and ask their permission to embed iron rails in the streets and accept U.S. Government taxes for part of the cost of the project which cost upwards of $40 or 50 million. We deserve that courtesy.
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