While the upcoming election for the Greater Boise Auditorium District board is like a massive dose of Ambien to most folks, we see a potential behind the scenes “take over” by Team Dave which could be a dream or nightmare, depending on your point of view.
Incumbents Stephanie Astorquia and Rob Perez are seeking reelection to six year seats on the five member board. Peter Oliver is seeking reelection to a two year seat. Other candidates for 6 year terms include include Noah Bard and John May.
Although the seats are supposedly “non-partisan” it looks like candidates Steve Berch and Jim C. Walker have Dem backgrounds (running for 6 year terms) along with George Tway who is after the two year seat currently held by Oliver. The three, along with G-BAD chair Hy Kloc and Mayor Dave Bieter, are all Dems.
Kloc has failed in his duty to act as G-BAD chairman after being elected to a second government seat as a member of the Idaho Legislator. During the campaign for the House seat, he said he could serve in both positions, but has missed several G-B AD meetings during the legislative session. Hard to be a servant of two masters.
Enter Mayor Dave Bieter and his “field of dreams.” Bieter makes no secret of his desire to put a baseball park somewhere in Boise. Recently he appointed himself to the Capitol City Development Corp. (CCDC) board. That agency has authority to sell bonds for projects within its districts without consent of citizen taxpayers. They get their money from taxes that are diverted to CCDC, but would otherwise go to Boise, Ada County, Schools, ACHD, etc.
Combine that revenue source with the $11 million-plus cash reserves currently held by the G-BAD boys and girls and you have a sock full of public money just waiting to be spent on a $30,000,000 ball park that Boise residents overwhelmingly say should not be publicly funded. Furthermore, citizens will not have a vote on how any of the funds are spent.
We need some legacy media folks to get the views of all candidates on the record and then hold them to it.
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