CCDC Pays Arid Club Dues
March 14, 2007
A recent tip to the GUARDIAN confirms our worst fears about Boise City’s urban renewal agency operating without oversight or accountability to the citizens.
The CCDC (Capitol City Development Corp.) is funded by property taxes and income from publicly owned parking facilities in the downtown area of Boise. In short, the funds come from taxes on new improvements and appreciation to privately owned real estate within the urban renewal district. This is called the TAX INCREMENT.
The GUARDIAN thinks it is simply inappropriate for taxpayer dollars to be spent for membership in the exclusive private ARID CLUB for CCDC Director Phil Kushlan.
MAY 16, 2011
That post of four years ago pales in comparison to the latest tip: Phil Kushlan is about to retire and get a $114,000 “golden parachute” for a one year consulting contract at the CCDC. They may have taken away his Arid Club membership, but it cost taxpayers $114,000 in the end.
Under terms of the CCDC-KUSHLAN agreement, “the Parties seek to memorialize CONSULTANT’S retirement from his employment with CCDC after twelve years of exemplary service as CCDC’s Executive Director and agree to the terms of CONSULTANT’S provision of administrative services to CCDC on a consultive basis for a specified term to assist in the selection of a replacement Executive Director and in the transition of the replacement Executive Director hired by CCDC, to fully engage in those activities.”
In a press release quoted March 31 by the STATESMAN, CCDC board chairman John May said, A committee of CCDC board members will search for a new director, with the help of a national search firm. “We anticipate that the CCDC Board will select and announce Phil’s replacement prior to his July 8 departure,” May said.
Seems the agency is so poorly (or craftily) managed they had to wait for the director to retire before looking for a replacement according to the golden parachute agreement, but they say it will take not only a committee, Kushlan’s $114,000 services, but ALSO a national search firm. Pretty intensive search for someone to supervise a staff of 12!
Kushlan was making $128,000 in 2007. These days his salary is $144,200. The agency’s website shows an annual budget of $13.4 million and a dozen employees. For comparison, Boise Police has a budget of $48 million and a staff of 388. The chief is paid about the same as Kushlan’s 2007 salary.
The terms of the deal are so loose, Kushlan doesn’t have to do anything more than send the CCDC a monthly bill….”CCDC agrees that it will have no right to control or direct the details, manner, or means by which CONSULTANT accomplishes the results of the services performed hereunder. CONSULTANT has no obligation to work any particular hours or days or any particular number of hours or days. CONSULTANT agrees, however, that his other contracts and services shall not interfere with the performance of his services under this Agreement. CCDC agrees to coordinate project schedules, respective commencements and deadlines with CONSULTANT.”
Records also indicate this golden parachute deal is totally apart from his retirement pay.
The names, photos and e-mail addresses of the board–all appointees of Mayor Dave Bieter–are on the CCDC SITE.
The agreement was duly posted in the four hundred pages of documents sent to board members in the April 25 agenda packet. It is unclear if the board, Kushlan, or one of his 12 staff presented the agreement which was obviously drafted by legal counsel.
One can only wonder how the legislature would have viewed recent bills if they had been made aware of this golden parachute prior to voting on measures aimed at more accountability for urban renewal agencies.
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