Using an appearance before the Chamber of Commerce as a “bully pulpit,” Boise Mayor Dave Bieter urged citizens to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would serve only to abolish rights
citizens currently enjoy to approve bonds to pay for airport facilities.
We find it ironic the good Mayor seeks to abolish the right of citizens to vote on airport debt using public money, but turned around and begs the legislature to ALLOW a vote of citizens on the issue of a local option sales tax.
GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier issued the following statement about the proposed amendment which will be on the November ballot.
“Cities throughout Idaho currently have the authority to issue bonds for airport projects using operating revenue to repay those bonds. Mayor Bieter and others seek to abolish the current constitutional right of voters to approve those bonds. The Idaho Supreme Court has clarified those rights in the ‘Frazier Decision,’ and Bieter’s proposed amendment would also result in loss of tax revenues for cities, counties, schools, and the state of Idaho.”
When airports build freight facilities, hangars, rental car parking ramps (or industrial park things) they collect rent top pay the bonds… meanwhile all the other taxing districts lose those revenues because the airport properties are TAX EXEMPT GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS! The major change in the proposed amendment is to eliminate the requirement of voter approval for sale of bonds.
Poet Paul on sales tax–
Bieter appears positively giddy
Wanting a sales tax increase for the city
His wild-eyed ideas must end
‘Cause the mayor can’t comprehend
He can’t tax us into prosperity!
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