While Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has been promoting his pet downtown stadium project to any group that will listen, he has factored in a $5 million payment from the Greater Boise Auditorium District, but the District has never discussed it or been presented a formal proposal.
Concerned Boise Taxpayers, the group organized to oppose the stadium plan, is hosting a visit this week from Sean Garretson, a certified planner with a firm in Austin, Texas. They will be at the Thursday GBAD board meeting at the convention center.
Garretson is visiting Boise to examine the details of the proposed stadium project and provide an independent perspective apart from the city-funded studies and proposals you have seen to date. Little doubt in the GUARDIAN’s mind the results will not be the same as those purchased by the city of Boise.
In a KIVI-6 newscast Tuesday, city officials claimed more than 70% of people responding to the public forum sales pitches on the stadium were in favor. We visited one of those sessions and had a report from a second one. We concluded there is strong opposition to the ball park, despite claims of “disinformation” from Team Dave.
Of particular concern to the GUARDIAN is the plan on the part of Bieter and his Team Dave to eliminate a scheduled tax break property owners have awaited for 30 years and usurp the funds for his stadium project.
When that tax is no longer diverted, citizens are scheduled to have that money go to the various taxing units, theoretically creating a tax break. However, crafty politicos at Boise City Hall claim there will be “no new taxes” for the stadium. Of course not. No need for new taxes when 30 years of sacrifice and a promised “payback” are snagged for a stadium aimed at subsidizing a real estate developer.
The conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation summed up its position on Boise also earmarking the GBAD hotel room tax for the stadium thusly: “(GBADs) statutory responsibility is to use this revenue “to build, operate, maintain, market and manage” public projects such as auditoriums, convention centers and sports arenas. GBAD has a legal responsibility to meet all five criteria with its projects, not just one.
Since 1987 CCDC has been recipient of $55.8 million in taxes diverted primarily from the city, schools, Ada County, and ACHD.
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