We have watched over the years as the Idaho Press Tribune has routinely endorsed incumbents seeing no need to change business as usual but that is not the case this year. It was surprising to see who did and did not get the endorsements from the IPT this time around. The Editorial Board has endorsed candidates who they feel will best deal with reduced tax revenue going forward, Mayors who have stacked the deck on their city councils with "rubber stamp" members, and question big dollar projects taken on without voter approvals was also addressed by the IPT Editorial Board members. Business as usual has clearly been called into question by the IPT this time around.
The IPT Editorial Board did a lot of vetting of candidate statements and information and the issues facing voters this time around. They even nailed down the property taxes paid by property owners in terms we can all understand. Caldwell has the highest rate at $11/$1k of assessed value with Nampa running a close Second Place in this effort at $10/$1k of assessed value. Why is this important? Simple, Meridian and Kuna are out there at $7/$1k of assessed value. Mayors Nancolas and Dale can sing their little hearts out but the cold facts of business decisions take Caldwell's 57% and Nampa's 42.8% higher property taxes into account when deciding where to locate their businesses.
(I have to confess I am a print news junkie. This Sunday seeing endorsements for people running against incumbents was a pleasant surprise. It takes a lot of time, money and effort to run for any public office and to see the paper endorse the folks running against the status quo made my Sunday morning just that much more interesting.)