The time has come for Boiseans to step up and CARE about what is happening at City Hall!
Dave Bieter won his first race for mayor with a campaign based on ethics. That was after the previous mayor lost his moral compass, traveled the world, abused his expense account, and forgot he had been elected by the PEOPLE of Boise. Brent Coles had little to no opposition and easily was reelected repeatedly.
Dave Bieter has also been elected repeatedly with little to no opposition at the polls. He is arguably the most adept politician in the state of Idaho. He has been able to stack the urban renewal agency (CCDC) with his people and even appointed himself. The Greater Boise Auditorium District has the president of the Boise firefighters union as a member and avid Bieter fan. Ada County Highway District has a former Bieter staffer. A candidate for the Ada Commishes is a Bieter staffer, and city contracts are funneled to Bieter supporters on a regular basis.
It’s all legal, and serves the “Bieter Agenda” well. That doesn’t mean it serves the citizens of Boise. The proposed grandiose library is a good example of how Team Dave’s machine works. The LIBRARY SURVEY is so biased it leaves no room for dissent.
The IDAHO STATESMAN offered an editorial Saturday questioning whether or not city officials are listening to the citizens. They are not!
The GUARDIAN has watched–and publicly battled–as Team Dave has worked tirelessly to avoid citizen approval for debt as required in the Idaho Constitution. The latest tactic is to use the CCDC to “launder” tax money diverted with the expressed intent to replace blighted unhealthy areas with PRIVATE buildings that will “stimulate economic development.” Public works projects such as libraries, parking structures, and sports stadiums to name a few, yield no tax revenue and should all be approved by those who pay the taxes.
Team Dave has also entered into several costly lease deals with private businesses to avoid selling public lands to the highest bidder. Leases don’t require competitive bids and are used to favor specific businesses. They can also result in added expenses and lost tax revenue. (Boise’s airport built and owns the SkyWest hanger at a cost of about $23 million. SkyWest pays rent, but we citizens lose more than $370,000 in tax revenue for the schools, roads, city, and county every year in perpetuity!)
Guess what? The library’s warehouse and parking area was leased away in one of those sweetheart deals. It would be the perfect location for a parking structure, even if built and owned by the CCDC. But we hear it will cost upwards of $1 million to buy out the lease to get use of the property we citizens already own. Same is true for a proposed low cost housing project in the area of 25th and Fairview.
When Boise’s City Council approved a $69 million library appropriation out of current funds, it was a slap in the face to voters. How the hell did they end up with $69 MILLION in loose change? We are being steam-rolled and bullied on the library and it needs to stop.
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