Boise politicos have scheduled a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the issue of adopting an ordinance to place the libray question on the November ballot.
Much has been written–and said–about a proposed ultra exotic structure on Capital Blvd. A citizens group, Boise Working Together, gathered enough signatures to require a vote, Team Dave made multiple attempts to preclude citizen approval and now a placebo hearing is set to “include citizens” in the process.
Meanwhile, Mayor Dave Bieter has proposed “paying cash” in the amount of $50 million to preclude a vote. Where the money will come from is an unanswered question, but we all know it will come from citizens.
It is budget time and the GUARDIAN fears (suspects?) city departments will over budget, hold back spending, and magically produce a “surplus” which will allow the city to spend without an election.
Here’s how it is SUPPOSED to work: Article VIII, sec. 3 of the Idaho constitution requires citizen approval for any expenses in excess of a single year’s revenues–a bond.
Local government leaders have spent millions of dollars to avoid citizen approval of debt. They come up with “lease-purchase” schemes, laundering through urban renewal and all sorts of excuses to get around the law. Citizens are obviously fed up and have forced the politicos to act. We fear even more end runs.
Our suggestion is to simply ask folks what they want in the way of a library and then seek permission to finance the request. After all, it has been the law for 130 years.
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