The latest round in the battle of the GBAD boys (and girls) is a potential petition drive to dissolve the Greater Boise Auditorium District. IT would require 3,000 valid signatures to get it on the ballot.
The two players who say they may circulate the petition (copy below) are a couple of losers in last November’s election, Mike Sullivan and Steve Schmader. They are supporters of the Boise Visitor and Convention Bureau which is a private non-profit ad agency dedicated to promoting tourism. It is funded almost entirely with public funds.
GBAD Chairman Hy Kloc has sent a memo to the board asking for consensus to get Boise City to pay for a mediator to settle various conflicts. Boise City has no dog in the fight as the district is an independent taxing body funded by the local hotel-motel room tax.
Use of that tax to fund the private BCVB is the major controversy at hand. A court ruling in Pocatello banned using auditorium district funds for the general tourist promotion, limiting expenditure of the auditorium money to promoting the auditorium.
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