Kudos to Boise officials for joining the GUARDIAN in calling for a joint training facility for Boise, Meridian, and Eagle fire departments.
We had questioned the need for a $17 bond–not the facility, but the funding–well before the election. On October 6, the GUARDIAN said: “Boise Fire Dept. recently entered into some “mutual aid” cooperative agreements with other Ada County departments like Meridian and Eagle. Those agreements should be backed up with mutual training. Any fire training academy should be funded by all the departments in the county, not just on the backs of Boise property owners.”
Rather than do their home work BEFORE the election and look for ways to get all the departments in the county to put “skin in the game” to fund a joint training facility, Boise officials chose to “sell” the idea of increasing taxes and having the entire cost of a new training facility placed on the backs of our citizens.
In a front page story Friday, Sven Berg of the DAILY PAPER outlines plans by Chief Dennis Doan to explore funding options with the other departments. The GUARDIAN plan is a logical one and we are pleased Doan has jumped aboard.
We find it a bit deceptive–perhaps even deceitful–for Boise officials to seek a tax hike when they were well aware of alternative funding methods for a joint training facility. The logical place for the training facility would be at the West Boise waste water facility which is bordered by Meridian, Eagle, and Boise. Good central location.
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