Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This series of cover story articles could not be a more timely series of stories as the election for the jail bond election moves closer to Tuesday, August 3rd.
Stimulus savings of $5 million on interest payment by down will evaporate. It was reported to THE GUARDIAN this morning if the county accepts the federal stimulus money they will be on the hook to pay Davis-Bacon wages for all workers and contractors on the project.
Davis-Bacon will require a prescriptively defined wage rate for all jobs performed if the jail bond passes. There will be no allowance for any contracts to reflect the labor market of supply and demand. This requirement will wipe out any savings in labor costs for the jail project. Wages will be set by federal mandate because the Commishes took the federal stimulus money.
Another interesting point made at the forum in a comment below: Urban renewal in Nampa and Caldwell has siphoned off over $200 million of our proeprty tax dollars. Let Urban Renewal step up and pay for a new jail.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:07 PM