Any trust citizens may have had in Team Dave evaporated with the sale of Hammer Flats which was consumated in secret and announced in the Idaho Statesman Thursday.
The GUARDIAN QUESTIONED since March the motivation of Boise’s purchase of the winter deer range using Foothills levy funds. We have filed public records requests which were deflected for nearly two weeks only to wake up to a friendly story this morning on page one of the Daily Paper.
We can only hope the Daily Paper is merely a pawn in this game, being blatantly manipulated by the Team Dave’s spin machine. The GUARDIAN’S last public records request was delayed with the promise, “We will provide the information by May 27” (the day the Statesman published the friendly story).
Dave Bieter and the Boise City Council have betrayed a promise to operate city government “transparently.” Instead they have operated in secret behind closed doors and deceived citizens by using Boise taxpayer funds to act as “banker” for the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
If the light of public knowledge threatens the dealings of city government–regardless how noble the cause–the deal is probably flawed.
While we support the purported intent of the Foothills Levy –preservation of open space in the foothills–the secret manner in which our city government operates is shameful. It is no wonder there is so little confidence in government at all levels. State law permits, but certainly doesn’t mandate “executive sessions” (secret meetings) for land deals.
Look for a series of shady land swaps, tax deductions for developers, and legal challenges before this is over–that is par for the course with Team Dave. The deal is not clean and it will ultimately benefit developers.
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