Rep. Mike Moyle of Star told the GUARDIAN Monday he has asked the office of Attorney General to write a “repair” of the Idaho Code to prevent future land purchases without an independent appraisal.
He noted that nothing could be done about the current College of Western Idaho scandal over paying more than twice the tax-appraised value of 10 acres along the Boise River at 30th and Main. CWI paid $8.8 million for a site valued at $3.6 million by Ada County.
“Just a few words will take care of the issue and force appraisals for future land purchases. It’s just WRONG to have almost $10 million laying around and not get an appraisal to buy land said Moyle.” Republican Moyle is House majority leader.
For the legal beagles, the fix would be along these lines:
The problem can be resolved by a simple word change in Idaho Code § 33-2107 (5) by inserting the following words at the beginning of that subsection: “to acquire and hold, and.” This would bring subsection 5 into conformance with subsection 3 of § 33-2107. By this means, the school district restrictions of Idaho Code § 33-601 (3) would apply that require an appraisal.
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