Nice little Q&A by Tim Woodward in the DAILY PAPER Sunday.
Seems the Boise Airport didn’t really need the $29 million five story parking garage stopped by the GUARDIAN editor five years ago. In fact, there isn’t even demand for a surface lot that cost just $2 million or so to build. With interest the garage would have doubled in price. Even the new surface lot is closed “indefinitely.”
Five years ago our concerns were about the city sneaking around the voters with an attempt to build the five story facility without voter approval–required by the Idaho Constitution. Today the cities have a constitutional amendment before the legislature which is aimed squarely at the “Frazier Decision.” That amendment would remove the constitutional right of voters to approve long term debt–like the unneeded parking garage.
Once it passes the legislature–which seems certain–the measure will go to voters statewide. We doubt many folks will go to the polls to vote in favor of denying themselves the right to go to the polls on public debt issues, especially in light of how well government manages our taxes today!
SUPREME COURT 2006 decision on the original boondoggle.
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