Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Boise Bond Initiatives Fail to Secure Two-Thirds Majority

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

With Boise voter turnout at just more than 25,000, supporters of the Yes! Yes! for Boise campaign were saying No! No! by the end of election night; they came up short in a failed effort to secure a two-thirds majority to pass two bond initiatives. In spite of a well-financed, aggressive push and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter using a fair amount of his political capital, the measures went down to defeat.

Bond No. 1, which would have set aside $6.8 million for construction of a new fire training facility and another $10.1 million to upgrade or replace four aging fire stations, received 16,050 votes for and 9,011 votes against—a 64 percent to 36 percent margin.

Bond No. 2, which would have set aside $10 million for Foothills protection and another $5.5 million to fund three new city parks while adding new amenities to three existing parks, received 15,454 votes for and 9,658 votes against—a 61.5 percent to 38.5 percent margin.

Officials at the Ada County Board of Elections reported a 23 percent voter turnout in the city of Boise.

Most of the "yes" votes for both bond initiatives came from north and southeast Boise. But a strong pattern of "no" votes came from a handful of precincts in southwest Boise.

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