Boise City Councilors will be asked to approve $60,000 for yet another public releations campaign to “educate” voters about the constitutional amendment on the November ballot relating to airports.
Simply put, the GUARDIAN sees the effort as a thinly veiled effort to influence an election issue. Like the “outreach” for the streetcar, there is little doubt which direction Team Dave wants the vote to go. We will gladly educate people for only$30,000 and we may get it if issue goes before a judge.
When AMERITEL INNS sued the G-BAD boys over a campaign to pass a bond for a convention center the Supremes ruled public funds and resources cannot be used to influence an election unless similar funds are given the other side.
Boise’s legal department says this is different, but we hope the councilors will see the light after spending tens of thousands of tax dollars after getting bad advice. The issue is on the Tuesday council agenda.
At issue is HJR 5 which seeks to change the Idaho Constitution as it relates to public debt at airports. The biggest change denies voters the constitutional rights to vote on long term debt projects they currently hold. It also will take property off the tax rolls and potentially cause3 a tax hike.
The cities are asking folks to vote to deny themselves the right to vote! The insidious part is they want to use our public money against us!
We also did an interview with the IDAHO STATESMAN on the issue.
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