Thursday, March 12, 2009

Development slows, less garbage

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Ada County has just released its Annual Report for the last fiscal year and one finding is particularly noteworthy: Along with a 49 percent decrease in building permits in '07-'08, the county landfill saw 140 million fewer pounds of trash dumped.

The entire report can be read here. (Wait a minute... it's only two pages... maybe we should read it all before posting, but nah....)

Here's what the commissioners are bragging on:

 First hour parking made FREE at the Ada County Courthouse
 Assessor and Indigent Services offices relocated to new, convenient space next to the courthouse building
 Public Information Department launched ACCESS Ada County e-newsletter and magazine
 FY 07-08 budget left $2.1 million in property taxes uncollected
 Used “Budgeting For Outcomes” citizen survey in developing FY 08-09 budget
 Commissioners forgo $2.3 million in property taxes in FY 08-09 budget
 New Ada County Comprehensive Plan approved
 Ada County Open Space Advisory Task Force findings adopted
 Opened New Paramedic Station #52 in west Boise
 Voters Used Optical Scan Balloting System for First Time
 Launched New Absentee Balloting Drive Resulting in Record Voter Response
 Juvenile Court Services Held 5th Annual “Scales of Justice” Bass Fishing Tourna-ment For Juvenile Probationers
 Organized FEMA Integrated Emergency Management Course for Local Officials and Emergency Responders
 Completed Extensive Public Trail System Enhancements On Landfill Property in North Ada Foothills
 Opened New Ada County Jail Medical Unit
 20th Year to Receive National Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

PS There will be no State of the County address this year, to save money, but commissioners are holding their first townhall meeting, at Commissioner Sharon Ullman's prompting, at 6 pm on March 25 at Meridian City Hall, 33 East Broadway Avenue.


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