Thursday, September 5, 2013

City Council bond package drops average homeowner cost to $12 per year

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Yesterday, the Boise City Council accepted Mayor David Bieter’s adjustments to a bond proposal that enhances public safety, increases access to open space, and provides more park services in underserved areas.

Bieter recommended removing the Central District Police Station from the proposed package. He adjusted project budgets for fire facilities that allows for a possible increase in construction costs. He also separated the bond proposal into two questions for voters: fire safety, and parks and open space.

Hizzoner said he recognized that the Central District station is vital in helping Boise police continue successful law enforcement. But, as he wrote in a memo to the Boise City Council, “given that we have yet to secure a specific site for the project and that the additional $1.95 million in impact fees may not be readily available when needed following passage of the bond, I recommend that this project not be included in the final proposal.”

Also proposed by Bieter: the addition of $547,000 in funds to fire safety projects. These two adjustments drop the total cost of the bond from $33,831,975 to $32,430,000. The cost to the average homeowner drops from $13 to $12 per household, per year.

The proposed bond initiative will show up on the ballot Nov. 5. 
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