Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Nampa Mayor Tom Dale should consult with Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas to really get into the thick of things on how to spend public funds and really look like the good guy. Mayor Nancolas has a Community Relations Project Fund in his budget for $30,000.00.
These funds are disbursed for such things as sponsoring the Chamber of Commerce luncheons at $500 a pop, three times in 2010, to the DARE girls for a night out at the YMCA in 2010 for $348.00 and for the DARE Boys' night out to the YMCA for $348.00.
These are just a few examples of how this fund is used. There are other donations of sponsorship's of all kinds. Public funds that were spent by this fund in 2010 were over $20,000.00.
I am not saying that funds were spent illegally, but according to former State Attorney General Wayne Kidwell in case No. 78-44 issued on Dec. 19, 1978, his opinion seems to say that this could be an improper use of funds.
I guess what appalled me the most was the Chamber of Commerce accepting these funds. I naively thought that they stood for free enterprise and less government intervention.
I see in reading a recent edition of the paper that they are going to team up with the city and do studies on how to attract more commercial enterprise for Caldwell.
It is very evident that since 1998 the chamber and our city elected officials seem to have been asleep. All you need to do is compare the commercial progress that the city of Nampa has made in comparison with what Caldwell has done in this same time, and I think you can get a pretty good picture of what I am talking about.
D. L. Maitland, Caldwell, Idaho
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 12:08 PM