Boise’s City Council, and the Department of Finance and Administration are forging ahead with plans to raise the rates 50% for on-street parking and extend the enforcement to include evenings and Saturdays.
The avowed reason is to drive street parking motorists back into the parking garages, according to some reports.
Boise WEEKLY has a good report on the details which prompted the GUARDIAN to do some digging on the relationship between the Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) and the city of Boise.
CCDC has absolutely no oversight by any government agency–city, county, or state. Yet, the “Independent body corporate and politic” is able to divert tax money without consent of the governed. It’s called “tax increment financing.” CCDC owns or controls vast sections of downtown Boise, acting as a shadow government of Boise City. The agency is created by Boise, the mayor appoints members (including Mayor Dave Bieter himself), but the city has no legal authority once the agency is created.
Here’s the parking rub. Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho has been vacated by Ada County Highway District with control and ownership of street and sidewalks resting exclusively with CCDC.
Despite a 2004 agreement allowing Boise to enforce parking meters on 8th Street, we question the legality of such a move. As we see it, there is no difference between 8th street and a shopping mall. It is NOT a public street, hence city parking ordinances simply don’t apply. Conversely, CCDC cannot dictate rules for the city to. enforce
It would seem that just like the parking garages, CCDC should hire a private contractor to handle the parking and any parking tickets would simply not be subject to court or vehicle towing if not paid.
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