Only Team Dave and a handful of people with blinders and earplugs think there is public support for a $60 million trolley to nowhere in downtown Boise.
Just when we figured the issue was off track, council candidate Dave Litster sends us a lettter he received from the CCDC confirming the agency is budgeting $75,000 for unspecified activities with regard to a proposed streetcar. In the same letter, Director Phil Kushlan revealed the agency has already spent more than $70,000 on Public Relations related to the streetcar.
Today (Tuesday) the City Council will apparently vote on dumping another $90,000 into a public relations campaign to promote the trolley. They say there will be time for public comment on the expenditure at the noon meeting…look for the issue to come up by 1p.m.
Without question the VAST MAJORITY of calls to the mayor’s “hotline” have opposed the project in general and the expenditure of PR money in particular. Same think for comments on the GUARDIAN and every other blog or letter to the editor we have read.
While city leaders claim the expenditure of PR money is not an attempt to “sell” the project, it’s difficult to convince thinking people the efforts are “educational outreach seeking citizen input,” when there is a better than even chance the needed $40 million in federal money and the $20 million in local funding will never materialize. No matter how it’s spun, Team Dave is trying to hire an opinion shaper to sell us a trolley that probably will never be built. Any councilor voting to spend this tax money should hear from citizens at the polls next Tuesday.
UPDATE: Council passed a resolution Tuesday to pay Cronin PR for the “outreach” but it is somehow linked to whether or not they get the $40 million from the Feds. Tibbs and Bisterfeldt voted against.
FROM POET PAUL:
“Streetcar Outreach” is what they call it.
Bisterfelt and Tibbs voted to stall it
Bieter got a big grin
For his buddy Cronin
And taxpayers get it in the wallet!
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