Best Bondage

Boise bond push tries and fails

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When Boise Mayor Dave Bieter sprung his 2013 State of the City address, the centerpiece was a package of bonds intended to raise more than $30 million for a pack of projects, including fire department upgrades, improvements and construction in city parks, and preserving a chunk of the Boise Foothills. The cost to an average homeowner would have been about $12 per year for 20 years, and bond supporters hit the streets and airwaves in a full-court press to win approval. Despite the heavy promotion--including a slick video that played as an ad on YouTube for more than a week leading up to the election--both bonds failed to reach the two-thirds majority requirement. Voter turnout was pegged at 23 percent, with most of the "yes" votes coming from north and northeast Boise. Disappointed but undaunted, bond boosters vowed they'd return with another proposal.

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