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If Boise's "Library Blocks" project is unconstitutional, then why isn't the
Courthouse project unconstitutional?
(Nov 17, 2006)
Boise, ID – Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, the Urban Renewal Agency (CCDC), and
various politicians stated that a $130 million re-development plan in which
Boise's Main Library would be:
(2) rebuilt by BoDo's Mark Rivers for $6 million (after receiving the
downtown property for nearly free, which is not legal since the land can
only be auctioned, not given to a special interest group),
(3) re-selling the new Library to Boise's Urban Renewal Agency who would, in
(4) LEASE the Library to the city of Boise for $2 million a year for 20-30
is an illegal scheme to pull
off an end run around the Idaho Constitution's 2/3 voter approval
requirement for multi-year debt.
But, this illegal scheme is the very same method that the Ada County
Commissioners and a clandestine group of lawyers and judges called The Friends of the Ada
County Judicial System, Inc. pulled off -- with the Idaho Statesman
newspaper cheering them on -- to build the Ada County Courthouse in 2002.
The Courthouse is
currently financed with annual leases, renegotiated each year, for 30
The "Advisory Vote"
of Ada County voters who answered
"yes" to the question, "Would you approve building a courthouse if your
taxes did not go up?" was only advisory and does not
constitute a legal mandate to go into multi-year debt. Not
coincidentally, the Advisory Vote was taken AFTER the Courthouse was built
and was marketed on the ballot with confusing double negatives.
Which begs the question: if this fake 30-year annual lease method is
currently unconstitutional for
Boise's "Library Blocks" project, why isn't it unconstitutional for our
CURRENT annual lease payments for the new Ada County Courthouse? And
why doesn't Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden do something about it?
This is called Selective Justice and is the reason why the GOP
Culture of Corruption makes Idaho one of the most corrupt states in the
Welcome to Boise, turn your clock back 25 years... -- FM Duck
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