A bill that appears to be aimed at former Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and the Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) has been proposed by a North Idaho Legislator.
Sen. Mary Souza of Coeur d’Alene appeared in front of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Thursday. The bill has two parts – including a provision that would require Bieter to leave the CCDC panel.
BOISEDEV quotes Souza, “If you were appointed as an elected person, perhaps a city council member, if you are no longer in office, if you’ve been unelected or retired – you must step down from the urban renewal board,” Souza said.
As mayor, Bieter appointed and reappointed himself to the CCDC board of commissioners. His current term runs through October of 2022.
Souza said that a member could be reappointed (by the new mayor).
The CCDC is a strange animal. Members are appointed by the mayor, but after that there is no control except in the case of major corruption or misconduct. That sets the stage for a dysfunctional system with “hangers on” from one administration able to control or influence wishes of the new administration.
Several past city councilors are still on the panel. Even after he moved out of Boise, former councilor Dave Eberle remained on the CCDC board.
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