Guardian reader “Chicago Sam” offers this news bulletin on the progress of House Bill 217, the measure to force urban renewal agencies to gain citizen permission to go into debt for construction of public buildings.
HB 217 just forwarded to House of Representatives with a DO PASS. I believe the vote was 14-2.
A packed hearing room with proponents outnumbering opponents at least 3-1.
Opposition seemed to be centered on whether outhouses or park benches would require a public vote. (This demeaning argument is used by those opposed to seeking a vote on expenditures in excess of a single year’s revenues as mandated by the Idaho Constitution)
Proponents were steadfast and bi-partisan that on large projects the taxpaying public should have a say.
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