The GBAD boys were able to get around the GBAD girls Wednesday and pony up $24,500 to the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for promotional services. No other agency was asked to bid.
The Greater Boise Auditorium District treasurer refused to sign a check to BCVP, citing a Pocatello court ruling that prevented using auditorium taxes for anything other than auditorium district projects. Stephanie Astorquia had asked repeatedly for outside legal counsel, but the boys refused her request.
Rather than fight, they just switched–the rules. Only the treasurer was previously authorized to sign checks in excess of $5,000. Chairman Hy Kloc, a BCVP advocate, finally signed the check which was kept below the $25,000 threshold that required a bid. BCVP needs the cash to keep its doors open to receive state travel council funds which cannot be used for salaries.
Meanwhile the Ada prosecutor is investigating allegations filed by board member Judy Peavey-Derr regarding meetings violations, bid splitting, and ethic violations.
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