Mayor Dave Bieter spoke to the Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Boise” this week vowing to come back for another shot at the failed bonds and working to change the Idaho Constitution to make it easier to impose taxes on citizens, according to a Boise WEEKLY report.
Bieter termed the results as “tyranny of the minority,” referring to the bond proposals failing to garner the needed 2/3 majority of votes. Had the bonds passed using the numbers from the election, the “tyranny of the minority” would have been evident indeed. A mere 15% of registered voters would have been able to impose their will upon 85%.
Also, the majority or assessed property value in Boise has NO VOTE–it is either commercial or owned by non-residents. The 2/3 majority is a safeguard against REPRESENTATION without TAXATION. Had the bonds passed, opponents wouldn’t get to keep hammering away to wear down the electorate as Bieter threatens.
The YES-YES campaign was well run, but it certainly didn’t seek to encourage a massive overall voter turnout. It aimed to get known supporters to the polls while doing little to encourage the masses to vote. The deck was stacked–just like the City Club Forum which excluded any opposing speakers. Did the Leadership Boise venue include anyone opposed to the bonds to explain the long term costs?
If Bieter doesn’t like the angle of “registered voters” versus “those who voted,” let him work on changing the recall petition signature requirement back to “20% of those who voted in the last election” from the current version which requires a whopping “20% of registered voters.”
The decent approach to any second vote would be to hold some public hearings and let the citizens determine what they want on the ballot rather than Team Dave making a unilateral decision and trying to “sell” it to a select group of supporters.
For more reasonable thoughts, see the GUARDIAN analysis of the election.
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