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Friday, June 28, 2013

Caldwell and Nampa Chambers of Commerce to "Study" Fair Move Out of Town

THE GUARDIAN has followed the County Fair announcement they will be moving out of town with interest.  Today in the local paper we see the Chambers of Commerce from Caldwell and Nampa are now going to "study" this move. 

The short version of the study will no doubt conclude the move will be bad for both Caldwell and Nampa.  In the case of Caldwell the impact in pretty obvious but Nampa not so obvious.  Moving the County Fair out of Caldwell is a subtle move to create a Horse Park at taxpayer expense despite the claims by the Fair people they need room to grow.  THE GUARDIAN has reviewed the master plan in detail and it is clear the Fair will be a secondary venue for the new site. 

Nampa is struggling to balance the books at the Idaho Center and the best they can come up with financially is a $1-2 million subsidy by Nampa taxpayers to keep the doors open.  They have a huge white elephant on their hands and the creation of a new Horse Park under the guise of a new fair grounds will only exacerbate the revenue situation at the Idaho Center.  Taxpayers will be on the hook for more cash to keep the doors open when the new fair site opens.

Additionally, our new County Commish, Craig Hanson has made his feelings on the know buy poking a lot of folks in the eye with his comments on the move.  Something this politically charged and he has come out in full support of the move by the Fair Board.

Here's a link to the IPT story on the fair move out of town:

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