The group calling itself “Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government” has released a string of documents from a public RECORDS REQUEST which indicate Ada Commishes bought computers, paid consulting fees and much more on behalf of Dynamis and the proposed trash to energy project.
Commish Sharon Ullman hand delivered some of the checks amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars according to the documents and it would appear the $2 million in public funds were nothing more than a start up investment in something the citizens of Ada County would never own or operate–the entire project and all the proceeds from sale of electricity and energy credits would remain with Dynamis.
Ullman appeared on KBOI am 670 radio Thursday and openly admitted using the public money to “invest” in a local company (Dynamis). Idaho’s constitution prohibits local government loans of county funds to private companies, let alone private investments. However well intended, the deal is simply wrong. An investigation is underway and much of the info accumulated by the CITIZENS GROUP should be reviewed by the investigator. The 85 pages of receipts and letters are a bit difficult to understand, but the picture being painted is not pretty.
No doubt the DAILY PAPER’s Cynthia Sewell will digest the data and regurgitate it in a manner we can all comprehend.
Here is ARTICLE VIII of the State Constitution:
Section 4. COUNTY, ETC., NOT TO LOAN OR GIVE ITS CREDIT. No county, city, town, township, board of education, or school district, or other subdivision, shall lend, or pledge the credit or faith thereof directly or indirectly, in any manner, to, or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, for any amount or for any purpose whatever, or become responsible for any debt, contract or liability of any individual, association or corporation in or out of this state.
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