Thursday, October 11, 2012
What is not well understood with this project and all urban renewal projects is ALL COUNTY TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR THIS PROJECT. URA's pay for their pork projects with property taxes and call it "magic". The only magic in all of this is how poorly informed taxpayers are on the mechanics of how urban renewal works.
City officials are not willing to put these pork projects up for a vote of the people for fear the voting public will not approve their pork projects. The Idaho Legislature created URA's to get around voters and bond elections.
Now we have another $19MM for a library on top of the $14.5MM spent on a new police building. All Canyon County property owners will be forced to repay this debt. The tax shift created by removing properties from county tax rolls like the Nampa Marketplace and other property has to be made up for to keep the cash flowing to pay for city and county services.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:09 AM