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Posts published in “Day: October 15, 2014”

Arguing for a 2/3 threshold

frazier DAVID


The DAILY PAPER had a page one story today about the effort to gain a 2/3 approval of voters for the City of Boise to go into debt for 10 years. The measure previously failed.

The STATESMAN story is fair, well balanced and accurate. It also dwells on the efforts of GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier to force local governments to play by the rules–something they didn’t do prior to 2004. We don’t know whether to take credit or blame, but Boise City has a record of extravagant requests. Frazier has a record of saving the city millions upon millions of dollars, forcing them to either pay cash or tone down their dream projects.
Modern suburban fire station in Boise, Idaho.
Through legal court victories we saved citizens about $15 on the police building (City Hall West), as much or more on the airport parking garage, and voters turned down a $38 million debt for a new library in favor of pay-as-you-go projects for three new branch libraries which are very successful.

Regardless of your thoughts on the $17 million bond sales pitch to move fire stations, build new ones, and construct a training facility, its a good thing the bond failed in the past.

Why? Because we minority of voters sent City officials back to the budgeting of OUR money and guess what? They have come up with a lower price tag and a shorter term bond debt. Thanks to a change of the former firemen retirement fund to be included in the state Public Retirement program, much of the revenue to repay the debt will come from within.

While we don’t oppose this bond, we have some concerns about financial issues directly relating to Boise’s fire department: (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Looking ahead to serving gay couples in Idaho (Boise Statesman)
Idaho preparing for ebola (Boise Statesman)
Interior Secretary Jewell on sage grouse tour (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
New teacher licensing plan draws Lewiston blasts (Lewiston Tribune)
Washington state looks into wolf shooting (Lewiston Tribune)
Cameras at Moscow roads part of research project (Lewiston Tribune)
Plenty of punching at governor's debate (Moscow News)
Did WSU instructor use state help for his business? (Moscow News)
Gay marriage comes to Idaho (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Ybarra missed 15 of last 17 elections (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello schools consider another levy (Pocatello Journal)
Union Pacific adds new heavy-weight surcharge (TF Times News)

Much rain in the weather forecast (Corvallis Gazette)
Corvallis tablet computers have system problems (Corvallis Gazette)
Springfield School bond would upgrade schools (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath sheriff goes after food stamp fraud (KF Herald & News)
Senate candidates hold sole debate at Medford (Medford Tribune)
Reviewing Medford War 3 race (Medford Tribune)
Cylvia Hayes former home intended for pot (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston won't try to tax pot (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Cover Oregon consultant blasts in report (Portland Oregonian, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Governor debate features first lady, issues (Portland Oregonian)
PERS case goe to court, gets hearing (Salem Statesman Journal)

District court seat race in review (Bremerton Sun)
Planners try to draw lessons from Oso slide (Everett Herald)
Legislative ethics board: 12 free meals okay (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Olympia backs gun registration measure (Olympian)
Sequim city hall work underway (Port Angeles News)
Seattle cops targeting sex buyers (Seattle Times)
State kicks out Seattle school test scores (Seattle Times)
Battle over 4th district House seat (Spokane Spokesman)
Seattle, Tacoma ports sign agreement (Tacoma News Tribune)
Funding the Clark County charter fight (Vancouver Columbian)
Controversial Boykin set as breakfast speaker (Vancouver Columbian)
State House seat 14-2 sees active campaign (Yakima Herald Republic)