Thursday, August 19, 2010
" Constitutional Amendments:
1. We have one of the most protective Constitutions in the country with regard to providing the citizens the final say before local governments can incur debt or liability beyond what can be paid for in a single year. This has protected the Idaho citizens since the founding of our state.
Recent efforts to reduce the protections of Article 8, Section 3 by local governments that seek to devise a way to remove the requirement of a public vote before long term debt or liability is incurred is one of the most alarming proposals our Constitution has ever faced. Such a change would open the floodgates of overly optimistic projects that would be paid for by escalating fees paid for by the citizens.
We oppose the incomplete ballot question on HJR005, as it is different than the text of the amendment itself. We demand that the Legislature never again present amendments to the people unless the ballot language is identical to the language of the amendment. (emphasis added)
We hold our Constitution highly, and oppose its amendment unless an overwhelming need is thoroughly proven."
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:56 PM