Thursday, February 3, 2011
There were seven pieces of legislation introduced in Rep. Lenore Barrett's Local Government Committee yesterday. THE GUARDIAN is aware of these pieces of legislation and taxpayer grievances with urban renewal in Idaho. Pork projects all over Idaho fomented the need for legislative changes this year.
In short, the legislation will bring voters to the table in how urban renewal agencies get started and are funded. A vote of the people in the formation of the agency, vote on members of the boards, and a vote of the people when urban renewal agencies wish to go into debt via revenue bonds is at the core of this effort (TAXATION WITH REPRESENTATION).
Outright repeal of Urban Renewal is also on the table this year. It may sound draconian to some folks but the reality is Urban Renewal Laws in Idaho are a cobbled up series of patchwork legislation dating back to 1965. Repeal with a three year moratorium would allow lawmakers to craft new legislation. Voter oversight and management of the "kids in the candy store" is what all Idaho voters and taxpayers could expect if the current UR legislation gets repealed.
Stay tuned for more, this effort is just getting out of the gate and promises to be one of the more interesting debates in the Legislature this year. TAX AND SPEND proponents will be out in force to kill all of this legislation.
Here's a link to contact members of the Idaho Legislature via email Link to Members of Legislature . This will take you to the web page for the Idaho Legislature should you wish to leave a comment for House or Senate members. Canyon County Legislators were part of a guest opinion this week in the local paper asking for your comments and input on legislation. Email as well as other contact info is on the link we have provided in this post.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 10:41 AM