After learning it will cost an estimated $1,000 to put a $99 lease question before North Ada County Fire District patrons in May, the GUARDIAN presented Ada County Commission Chairman Rick Yzaguirre with the full amount of the lease Friday.
At issue is a lease agreement between NACFAR and Ada County for lease of #16 fire station at 5800 Glenwood on the county-owned fairgrounds. It’s one of those $1 a year for 99 years deals. We can see no logical reason to secure voter approval since the deal obviously doesn’t exceed a single year’s revenue.
We don’t know the legal basis for the advice from the Ada County attorney, but if he is looking at Article VIII, sec. 3 of the Idaho Constitution, it is pretty clear that voter approval is required only when the debt exceeds a single year revenues.
Since the GUARDIAN readers ponied up the cash, there is no longer a debt due and it seems absurd to require printing multiple ballots due to the precinct splits which cross NACFAR and city limits boundaries.
Here is the letter presented to the Ada Commishes along with the $99 check:
March 16, 2012
200 W. Front Street
To Whom It May Concern,
It has come to my attention there is a proposed question on the May, 2012 ballot which would authorize the commissioners of the North Ada CountyFire And Rescue District to pay an annual lease to Ada County of $1 for a fire station or land occupied by NACFAR for a period of 99 years.
It is our opinion the question to be put before patrons of the District is unnecessary and will actually cost many times more than the entire lease. To settle the issue in a timely fashion, please accept payment from GUARDIAN readers in the amount of $99.
With this payment there should be no need for further lease payment or discussion well into the next century. When the lease is up for renewal, most of us will be gone, but the record will show readers of the BOISE GUARDIAN blog provided quarters for first responders serving local citizens.
David R. Frazier, editor
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