Boise has been creating urban sprawl for years, annexing hundreds of acres into the city–often despite protests by residents–and then bening forced to provide services. Fire stations have been built out of the annual budget and park land purchased with no money left to maintain or “green up” the space.
Now, they are claiming the existing stations within the city are old and falling apart. They want to get a $34,000,000 loan to take care of what has been ignored in the past. It will cost the average homeowner $260 to finance the bond. This is like buying a vacation house and second car, but going into debt for paint, lawn care and oil changes. The city council has advocated living beyond its means.
The most recent bond election–which failed–was for $38,000,000 for a library. Citizens said NO, but we ended up with three branch libraries and were able to do it out of annual budget revenues. Same was true for a police station. They attempted to make an end run around the voters for a headquarters which would have cost about $38 million with interest, but with some careful bean counting citizens didn’t have to go into debt and the new HQ cost only about $14 million.
Boise politicos have taken their dog and pony show on the road for three “open houses” aimed at making their case for approval of the bond. The next two are upcoming:
Wednesday, August 21, 4 to 8 p.m.
GRACE JORDAN COMMUNITY CENTER
6411 W. Fairfield Ave.
Thursday, August 22, 4 to 8 p.m.
BOISE CITY HALL – 3rd Floor Council Chambers
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
If only we had Jim “Cyclops” Monihan to attend the open houses and spread the gospel! (For newcomers to the GUARDIAN, Jim attended several of these promotions for the “trolley folly”–Team Dave’s ongoing street car dream.
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