We have had several readers contact the GUARDIAN expressing concern about the library proposal.
Chief concern is the funding plan which is as “loosey-goosey” as the the fire department bond which was approved by voters, but failed to live up to its promise.
Here is an excerpt from the preliminary contract with the “world class architect.”
p. 18, line 10: “Mr. Safdie requires first-class accommodation for all travel. Principals and other team members require business-class accommodation for travel.”
This sounds like a repeat of previous elected politicos who seem to forget whose money they are spending. We hopefully don’t pay for FIRST CLASS airfare for city workers when they travel, why the heck would we pay for some out-of-town contractor to fly first class?
Combine those little “first class” gems with phrases such as “third party with bonding authority,” vague predictions of donations and some debt,and it becomes obvious the taxpaying citizens of Boise will have little voice in how or IF their hard-earned money will be spent.
The neighborhood libraries worked well after we turned down the $38 million bond. If the idea is to provide library services, let’s do that. Give us a bond proposal with real numbers and we will decide if we want to go into debt for a new central library facility. Forget the sneaky attempts to go around the voters with lease-purchase schemes using tax money diverted to the CCDC.
Hiring a guy who demands “first class” travel sets the wrong tone and leaves a bad taste in our mouth.
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