While Boise’s urban renewal agency CCDC secretly wrote proposed legislation and denied the GUARDIAN access to the process, the Ada County Highway District was quietly doing the same thing and drawing the ire of Meridian officials.
Seems ACHD wanted to “opt out” of having taxes diverted to urban renewal projects without their approval. Urban Renewal agencies statewide are used to get around voters and various local governments. A bill before the legislature written by Boise’s CCDC lawyer failed to get out of committee when most of the testimony at a hearing opposed the bill.
Here is the SNARKY LETTER Meridian sent to the ACHD–a public record, but out of the public forum.10 Mar 17 Huber ACHD HB583 Apparently both units of government forgot to ask what the citizens thought. We don’t wish to argue the merits of any of the failed bills, just wanted to remind you we are here.
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