Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bieter Unveils $33.8 Million Bond Package for Parks, Police, Fire and Open Space

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

In early June, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter marked his annual State of the City Address with a promise to introduce a sweeping bond proposal that would be used to fund parks, public safety and increase the city's commitment to Foothills preservation.

Today, Bieter unveiled a $33.8 million bond package that would be put before voters this November and, if approved, would cost the average homeowner around $13 per year.

The bond package includes three major elements:

Public Safety—including $1.9 million million for a new Central District police station for the city's downtown core, $6.8 million for a new fire training facility and nearly $9 million more for remodeling or relocation of four fire stations.

Open Space—$10 million to replenish the city's open space fund in order to purchase more open space in the Boise Foothills and other areas.

Parks—$5.4 million for development in Borah, Franklin, Liberty Milwaukee, Pine Grove and Sterling parks.

The public will be able to learn details of the proposed projects at three open houses—on Monday, Aug. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Morley Nelson Community Center; Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grace Jordan Community Center and Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boise City Hall.

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