The conservative think tank, Idaho Freedom Foundation, has produced a lengthy analysis of public spending by the City of Boise, reminiscent of the “Golden Fleece Awards” from Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire.
Entitled ARE YOU KIDDING ME, BOISE?, the report written by Lindsay Atkinson, is obviously designed to outrage.
The document leads off detailing spending like $5,000 to the Gay Men and Women Chorus, another $5K to the Idaho Horror Film Festival, and $3,000 to Olivia Weitz and Arlie Sommer for an exhibit on Basque sausage makers.
Absurdities such as spending $20,000 for a round about mosaic in front of the Depot on Crescent Rim and four years later dumping $27,685 to remove it are detailed.
All in all the report is a damning treatise on City spending, urban renewal, and land development. While some of the items are certainly worthy of debate, many topics left us just shaking our head.
Regardless of one’s politics, it is hard to justify things like Mayor Dave Bieter paying $10,000 to ESPN for 2018 Potato Bowl coverage.
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