Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Voters Deciding Today on GBAD, Eagle City Hall and Other Ballot Initiatives

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Polls remain open until 8 p.m. as voters across Idaho decide on numerous issues today, including school boards and levies, bonding authorities and the makeup of the Greater Boise Auditorium District.

Citizens are reminded that if you're not yet registered to vote, you can register today at your polling place.

In Ada County, voters can determine their polling place through a special search engine at adaweb.net.

In Eagle, voters will determine whether they want to float a $1.2 million bond in order to purchase Eagle City Hall.

In both Meridian and Nampa, voters are deciding whether they want to expand their city councils from four members to six.

Officials in the Vallivue School District are asking voters to approve a $50 million bond in order to build a second high school. Vallivue officials say by 2016, the district will have enough high school students to fill two buildings.

But perhaps the most interesting election today is the vote inside the Greater Boise Auditorium District, which includes approximately 123,000 registered voters. GBAD has a unique taxing authority—through a five percent hotel room levy—and the district board is faced with a few big questions:

-Should they expand the current Boise Centre?
-Should they build a bigger, newer convention center?
-Should GBAD partner to help build a multi-purpose sports stadium?
-Should GBAD partner to help build a performing arts space-perhaps a downtown year-round second stage for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival?

Three GBAD board incumbents, Stephanie Astorquia, Peter Oliver and Rob Perez, are on today's ballot. But there are five other candidates who would like to unseat the candidates: Noah Bard, Steve Berch, John May, George Tway and Jim Walker.

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