Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ever since the tone deaf opening of the Idaho Center in 1996 with the lousy acoustics and the Moody Blues the Idaho Center has been bleeding Nampa Taxpayers for more and more money each year for the last 15 years.
We learn today Mayor Tom in Nampa has been feeding money left from the first ill fated Urban Renewal district that built this massive drain on taxpayers back in 1996. Yup.. all the money left over from the first urban renewal agency as well as the money allocated from the city general fund isn't enough to keep the place afloat. The place is screaming for yet more money from taxpayers.
The Idaho Center has been open for 15 long years and to date nobody has been able to figure out how to keep the place open and paying its own way. Venues using the Idaho Center come to town and rent the place for a couple of days, sell a bunch of tickets and leave town with all the cash. Team Tom would try to tell us all that it is a "cost of building community" for the city to underwrite losses each year is a reasonable cost.
The price of poker at the Idaho Center just went up to a cool million a year. This is the latest request from the private company managing the place. Mayor Tom and his Team at city hall will try to spin this as a bargain for the citizens of Nampa. Now they are looking at charging for; parking, school use for graduation ceremonies (bet they retreat to the school gym before they fork over any cash), a surcharge on tickets for parking and on and on.
Bottom line is the place never should have been built and wouldn't have if it had been put up for a vote of the people. They slid this in with no vote by way of Urban Renewal. No voting, no oversight and now a huge annual debt hung on the backs of Nampa taxpayers.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 8:05 PM