Under the terms of a proposed amendment to a City lease deal with a Salt Lake City developer, taxpayers will be forced to pay for infrastructure costs traditionally borne by developers.
The area in question is 159 acres of industrial park land owned by the citizens of Boise. Bieter has signed a lease deal with the Boyer Company which will provide public land tax-free for up to 22 commercial structures.
As part of the Tuesday council agenda beginning on page 1166 of the agenda packet (it takes 10 minutes to download online) resolution 376-19 reads in part“…also including a reimbursement mechanism to Developer for the costs incurred by Developer in the construction of the Infrastructure Improvements…”
That means “we the people” will pay for the cost of construction for infrastructure to benefit a private for-profit business. It is a travesty to allow multi-million dollar agreements aimed at helping favored businesses be approved with no public discussion. The GUARDIAN finds it hard to justify hiding measures as profound as the industrial park deal on a consent agenda buried among dozens of other “routine items” in more than one thousand pages of legalese.
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