You've Got Mail: Bond Efforts, Pro and Con, Jam Boise Mailboxes

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The well-financed coalition behind the effort to get two bond initiatives passed this Tuesday, Nov. 5 continues to dial up its efforts with phone banks of volunteers calling likely voters and a flurry of multi-colored flyers, pushing for passage, filling mailboxes throughout the city.


But a much smaller postcard also arrived in Boise mailboxes this weekend targeting registered Republicans, specifically.


"Fellow Republican," the postcard reads. "Democrat Mayor Dave Bieter and the Democrat-controlled Boise City Council are trying to raise your taxes by $50 million over the next 20 years. Make no mistake. This a big property tax increase!"


The mailer has been paid for by Mike Tracy, former communications director to former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig and former legislative chair for the GOP in Boise's Legislature District No. 18.


In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we examine the upcoming bond election and, in particular, Bieter's stake in its passage. Even though the mayor is not on Tuesday's ballot, his political capital will be tested as he becomes the face of the pro-bond campaign—and Bieter's face is prominently showcased on Yes! Yes! for Boise campaign literature. On Oct. 28, Bieter fielded questions on the bonds for the better part of an hour at a City Club of Boise luncheon.


"We believe the word is out and the public is engaged," Bieter told a packed ballroom at the Grove Hotel. "We believe we're going to win this. And I can say that we've deployed strategies that will help us do that."