The Greater Boise Auditorium District has spent tens of thousands of dollars in a quest to deny citizens their constitutional right to approve long term debt for a new ballroom and kitchen. That quest continues with the filing of a new petition in 4th District Court.
GBAD was ordered by 4th District Judge Melissa Moody to either “pay cash or go to the voters,” when she denied their petition for judicial confirmation in August. That petition and hearing was an attempt to get a single judge to declare a convoluted lease/purchase agreement as “ordinary and necessary,”
GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier challenged GBAD’s plan and Moody ruled in his favor. According to a story in the Sunday STATESMAN, the group claims to have addressed the “judge’s concerns” and has refiled a petition. Frazier will likely challenge this attempt to go around the voters as well.
“My main concern is not so much with the project, but the process. Once we allow government to deny a constitutionally mandated right, we open the door to similar actions in the future,” said Frazier.
In a previous hearing September 18, GBAD’s legal counsel declared, “This is a very complex project. It would frankly be hard to explain to the public.” They also added, “Voting is simply inappropriate.”
The GBAD board has voted on an agreement to borrow $23.5 million from Wells Fargo Bank – pending judicial approval of the new petition. The bank would lend the money on a seven-year term at an interest rate of 2.25 percent, or a 10-year term at 2.65 percent.
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