Wednesday, March 20, 2013
THE GUARDIAN has to ask; just what "THE COUNTY" expects to gain with all the court battles.?
It is time to put a stop to all this insanity and waste of taxpayer dollars. Mr. Bujak has lost his job, gone bankrupt, has been publicly humiliated and the public whipping post via the courts continues.
It is way past time to put a stop to all this waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Both sides need to declare victory and stop the bleeding.
Taxpayers need to let the Commissioners know enough is enough. Here's the phone number to reach the Commishes if you want to be heard on this issue 454-7300.
Here's a link to the Idaho Press Tribune article in today's paper.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Taxpayers should have a say on costly projects
"Mayor Tom Dale and City Council members Pam White and Martin Thorne have voted in favor of spending $350,000 of our money on the renovation of the old Mercy Hospital and yes, urban renewal money is property tax money. The only one at the previous meeting speaking in favor of this expensive project was the private developer, although 12 taxpayers objected.
Councilman Thorne commented several times that he couldn't understand why people are opposed to urban renewal. Perhaps I can answer his question.
The taxpayers of Nampa will soon be over $100,000,000 in debt without taxpayer approval on any of the projects. The cost of the public safety building, with interest, is $31,500,000. The estimated cost of the new library is $55,990,774. To upgrade the sewer treatment plant will cost $17,00,000 (passed by judicial approval). The total is over $104,000,000.
We have subsidized the Idaho Center more than $1.5 million in 2012 alone and will continue to indefinitely. (note: Mr. Gaddis says the total here should be $1.775,000 when the cost of a new roof is added to the Idaho Center costs to Nampa taxpayers.)
City Attorney Terry White stated that normally they would need voter approval for the sewer project but because of time constraints, they had no choice. We have known about this since the early 80's but had to pass this immediately.
Over $100,000 of our tax money was spent on attorney fees to prevent the taxpayers from voting on the public safety building.
The disagreement has never been about whether or not these projects should be built but whether the taxpayers should have to opportunity to say yes or no.
Please contact Mayor Dale and the council members if you agree that we as taxpayers have the right to have more input than just to pay the taxes. You might also want to ask why our taxes are double those in Meridian and are the highest in the state."
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
by David R. Frazier (Boise Guardian)
The Chamber of Commerce website post says:
This year’s theme will be: “Building Livable Cities in the Boise Valley.” And what better location to begin the building process than 180 miles away in Sun Valley? Interesting how many folks follow each other to the “leadership” conference.
Editor Note: It will be interesting to note how many Canyon County politicos will be attending this event on the local taxpayer dime. THE GUARDIAN will be checking to see who will be attending from Canyon County on the taxpayer dime.
1. Mayor Tom Dale will indeed be attending this event. So far the Canyon Commishes are not scheduled to attend.
2. Mayor Garrett Nancolas is currently out of town in Washinton DC attending the National League of Cities junket. His scheduled is noting he will be out of the office on the dates of the Sun Valley Junket. More on this when the Mayor's Secretary returns to work.
3. None of the Canyon County Commissioners will be attending this meeting.
4. Email from Mayor Nancolas stated he is not going on this trip out of town. 3/26/13.