Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE GUARDIAN asked Mayor Nancolas and his Finance Director Eljay Waite repeatedly to let voters weigh in on this project with a simple advisory vote and was rebuffed each time. The fear was the vote would be a resounding NO and it would kill the project. TVCC may have been the first community college to locate in Caldwell but it was hit with the reality of voter supported College of Western Idaho.
Nobody knows the real costs to taxpayers for TVCC but the building cost $6MM, the furnishings cost another $1MM, the snack bar cost an additional $110k (two operators could not make a go of it), they are occupying the building on a half rent cost with additional money funneled to them for maintenance and upkeep to the tune of something north of $20k/year along with other perks from Caldwell Urban Renewal. When does this financial failure stop bleeding Caldwell taxpayers?
It has been reported to THE GUARDIAN, Caldwell Canyon Economic Development Director, Steve Fultz has been directed by Mayor
The only question is: What will the building be used for when TVCC finally pulls the plug on this very bad decision by our Mayor and Finance Director, Mr. Waite. We can only wait and see how Mayor Nancolas spins this into a success story for Caldwell.
THE GUARDIAN has been a long suffering critic of how urban renewal agencies in both Caldwell and Nampa, they have run rough-shod over property taxpayers in both cities. Caldwell now has TVCC as a millstone around the necks of Caldwell residents and Nampa has the Idaho Center and the yet to be completed Library Project under construction by Gardner Company who recently pulled out of the private part of the much heralded public private partnership in Nampa.
In summary: Why has one man, Eljay Waite, been allowed to punish the city of Caldwell? He has been allowed to operate CEURA with impunity and virtually no oversight for the last 15 years.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 10:51 AM