This past Tuesday evening Nampa City Council met to discuss the possibility of making the old Mercy Hospital building in Nampa into yet another Urban Renewal District. All is is more magic, along with smoke and mirrors to pour over $8 million taxpayer dollars that will transform the old dilapidated structure into 50 senior citizen living units. The final assessed value was estimated to come in at around $2.5 million once the project is completed.
Councilman Bob Henry suggested in the discussion on the project the possibility of putting the measure up for a vote when the city runs the issue of adding two more city council slots. Mayor Tom Dale is reported to have suggested that this is far to complicated to put up for a vote of the good people of Nampa. They simply would not understand the complexity of this project.
The real issue here is why would the leaders of Nampa even consider funding or even encouraging a project so upside down as this one. All of the smoke and mirrors of the funding elements and inflow of taxpayer dollars does not make financial sense. This money has to be paid back. Additionally, the project will end up with 50 living units that will cost about $160,000.00 each when the project is completed.
The "magic" of this project is pure PORK FUNDING and more property taxes shifted onto Nampa and all county property taxpayers. The foregone and forgiven property taxes creates a tax shift that has to be made up by all county taxpayers. The "magic" is the way 70% of taxpayer dollars disappear.
Is it any wonder property tax levy rates are overall 40% higher in Canyon County than in Ada County?
Here's a link to the Idaho Press Tribune article in todays edition: