When a Boise bond initiative to fund a new firefighter training facility and upgrades of existing fire stations went down to defeat by a razor-thin margin in November 2013, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Fire Chief Dennis Doan made the only strategic decision they could: go for pizza. Over a slice at downtown Boise's Pie Hole, Bieter turned to Doan and said, "This is a priority. We have to get this done."
In November 2014 city officials took their full-court press back to voters who approved a bond, albeit with a different formula that calls for no tax increase. The $17 million plan will fund a $6.8 million construction of a new training facility and another $10.1 million to upgrade or replace four aging fire stations.