by Deanna Darr
Apparently, emissions testing is all the rage among local governments.
The City of Boise announced it is looking into joining the vehicle emissions testing program the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is creating for Canyon County (although that governmental agency doesn’t seem to care for the system as much as the City of Boise does).
The new system is contracted through SysTech, a national company that would contract through the state. Under that system, emissions tests would only be required every other year and cost just $11 compared to the $20 the current system is capped at.
Now, Boise’s emissions testing is done by the Ada County Air Quality Board through a joint operating agreement with Ada County and the cities of Eagle, Meridian, Garden City and Star.
Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, said the plan is only in the beginning stages, but that it looks promising.
Before any decision is made, the City would have to be assured that the new system would meet the current guidelines.
The Boise City Council will get a briefing on the proposal from DEQ and SysTech at its meeting on Tuesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Park said the briefing is just the first stage and a lot of questions will have to be answered before any changes are made. Additionally, the city would like to make any move in conjunction with the other cities in the testing program.
While Canyon County is set to move to the new system on July 1, Park said Boise will have the option of joining at a later date.