Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Caldwell East Urban Renewal will not take on any new projects after 2014 and will be totally shut down in 2022 when all outstanding revenue bonds are paid off. Money from the "increment" (aka property taxes) will continue to flow to the URA but they will return that revenue to the taxing districts. It is apparent the money will not go back to taxing districts and be used to lower taxes, it will get spent. The only question is will it go for capital improvement projects or payroll and other current and recurring costs of government. None of the governmental districts can raise taxes as they are under a legislative cap on taxation and it appears we will be in this mode for a good long while unless the economy makes a dramatic recovery.
One of the comments that came out in the public meetings was why we don't have night court. Another comment overheard was why don't they run the courts 7-days a week along with adding night court. M-F operations of the courts has been the norm for years and other cites faced with court efficiency issues have at least gone to night court. Yet another was to shut down the Nampa Courthouse, the DMV operation and pull the Public Defender's offices into the existing courthouse complex if the new structure actually gets built. The county could sell off all this real estate in addition to the property out on 20/6 and I-84 and use the funds toward consolidating operations back to the Caldwell Courthouse Campus.
I am happy to forward constructive comments to the Commishes. And now is your opportunity to get your thoughts and ideas out for consideration.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:15 AM