At the regular Tuesday Ada Commish business meeting all three commishes agreed to forgo the forgone taxing proposal which resulted in a three way split last week.
Jim Tibbs, and outgoing Commish Dave Case apparently caved to the public pressure to NOT add $3 million to the tax bill for a court room upgrade and purchase of land for jail expansion. At the previous meeting Tibbs favored using the forgone taxing authority, Visser opposed it, and Case was undecided.
Clerk Chris Rich told the GUARDIAN there was room within the current $282 million budget to add the new court room, but audio-visual upgrades would have to wait as well as the land purchase near the existing jail.
With all the growth and increased property values the new budget is $30 million higher than last year’s. That reflects a 13% increase overall. Budget increases are limited to 3% plus the value of new construction.
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