When Boise Mayor Dave Bieter hinted at a bond initiative June 12 that would help fund new public safety facilities, neighborhood parks and refuel the city's open space fund in order to purchase more available property in the Boise Foothills, it was met by polite applause from the members of the Boise City Council who were in attendance, along with hundreds of attendees of the mayor's State of the City address.
Nearly two months later, Bieter formally unveiled his plan for a $33.8-million proposal, detailing the initiative that he wanted to put before voters this November.
The proposal fueled a bit of a viral spat at boiseweekly.com this past week when Idaho Freedom Foundation director Wayne Hoffman ripped the bond proposal for having "wants, not needs." arguing that "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."
Idaho Engagement Project Director Emily Walton responded that "Wayne Hoffman doesn't understand Boise," arguing that "enjoying our life in Boise isn't just something we 'want.' Instead, it is something we 'need' and open space and parks are an important part of that enjoyment."
In the meantime, members of the City Council have been relatively silent on the bond proposal, but that will change when they hold a special public session to review the plan and give city staff further direction on how, or even if, the bond should be prepared for the November ballot. The meeting begins at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Boise City Hall.