Freedom Foundation: Too Many 'Wants,' Not 'Needs' in Boise Bond Proposal


Insisting that the proposals contains "wants, not needs," co-founder and president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation Wayne Hoffman said this morning that he had fired off a letter to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and the Boise City Council to put plans for a $33.8 million bond initiative on the shelf.

Earlier this month, Bieter unveiled the bond package, to be put before voters this November, which would include a series of projects including funds for public safety, public park development and the city's open space fund in order to protect more space in the Boise Foothills from commercial development.

“Your bond proposal contains both public safety items and items that fall under the category of ‘wants’ not ‘needs,’ including those items that are designed to secure open spaces and facilitate park improvements for the city," wrote Hoffman. "This means that the funding for discretionary projects will come on the backs of people who may still be unemployed, may be facing unemployment or are seeing a decline in their income.”

Hoffman added that the state was "still in an economically fragile condition," and that since the announcement, "Idaho's largest private employer, Micron Technology, has initiated layoffs."