Commenting on the conflict between Ada County and cities regarding payment for magistrate court services, Ada commish candidate Larry Rincover sent the following statement to the GUARDIAN.
The cities were mandated by the Idaho Supreme Court to provide the services which resulted in an agreement between the cities and Ada County. It seems that the cities have not lived up to their financial responsibilities and the arrears are adding up.
According to the Statesman, Ada County has told them to pay up or move out.
First, there’s no excuse not to pay your bill cities. Services and facilities have been provided to you and you have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to pay up. And let’s face it………you’re getting a deal.
Ada County however, is sadly mistaken to make the threat it made. The last thing we need is an empty monster courthouse. Threatening to evict is not only idiotic, but demonstrates a total lack of leadership skills. If you simply look two or three moves ahead, it would be obvious that the cities cannot afford to create their own magistrate system. Judges don’t want to travel back and forth and attorneys would go crazy. The cost of duplicating or triplicating security systems would be onerous.
Reality check: Moving out has no chance of happening and making the threat does nothing to resolve the issue.
Ada County needs leadership. Ada County should build a consensus. Cities need to pay their bills. This is a no brainer.
The GUARDIAN would offer equal space to candidate Vern Bisterfeldt who stands to be on both sides of the issue since he is a sitting Boise City Councilor and County commish candidate.
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